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September is Pain Awareness Month

In 2001, Pain Awareness Month was established with the goal of raising public awareness of all the issues related to pain and pain management. This hits close to home for all of us at the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine as we have been seeing and treating patients with chronic pain and illness for more [...]

What Your Pharmacist Can’t Tell You, Unless You Ask

Naturally people are under the assumption that paying for their medications through their insurance plan allows them the best price available, however, this is not always the case. Consumers are losing out on potential savings because of “gag clauses” that prevent pharmacies from disclosing lower prices for prescription medications if paid “out-of-pocket” instead of using [...]

Hormone Levels and Risk of Alzheimer’s

Last month at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago, studies were presented in relation to lower hormone levels contributing to possible risk of dementia. One study, Women’s Reproductive History and Dementia Risk, which looked at 15,000 women in California, showed that women were less likely to develop dementia later in life if they started [...]

Dr. Peter Diamandis on Technology, Longevity, and Great Ideas

Peter Diamandis, MD, PhD, author of the books Abundance and Bold, founder of XPRIZE Foundation, and co-founder of the companies Human Longevity and Planetary Resources, gave a keynote address at the Vatican that focused on longevity and innovation in the field of regenerative medicine. Dr. Diamandis' remarks were both thought provoking and inspiring and I [...]

Food Drive Extended to January 31

The holidays are meant to be spent with family and friends, eating delicious food and exchanging gifts. However, for those who are struggling financially or who may be homeless, the holidays can be one of the more difficult times of the year. Hunger affects 912,790 people in Virginia and 49 million Americans are food insecure, [...]

Dr. Kaplan Completes HHS Appointment

After 4 years of service, Dr. Gary Kaplan has finished his term as a member of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee (CFSAC). In 2013, Dr. Gary Kaplan was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kathleen Sebelius. The 11 member Committee, which holds biannual meetings, was established to provide advice and [...]