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Underage Drinking and Alcohol Dependency

By Scott Breidbart, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Underage drinking is a serious nationwide problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that alcohol is a factor in the deaths of more than 4,000 young people, under age 21 each year. In addition, on a yearly average, more than 180,000 young people are…

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Let’s Talk: STD Awareness

By Scott Breidbart, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Many Americans are hesitant to discuss sexual health issues and diseases. As health professionals, we are responsible for making patients and members comfortable talking about their sexual activity. We must also give them the information they need about the risks, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)…

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Colon Cancer Awareness

Get Screened to Decrease Your Risk

By Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and is preventable for many average-risk patients through colorectal screenings. Individuals who are at an average risk…

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Protect Your Heart

By Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States. While people of all backgrounds can develop heart disease, African Americans are at a much higher risk, as more than 40 percent of African-American men and women have some form of cardiovascular disease…

A Healthier Change

By Dr. Scott Breidbart, Chief Clinical Officer, EmblemHealth

Currently, there is an industrywide focus on the personalization of health care. Studies suggest that dietary advice should differ from person to person, that specific genetic tests should…