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Stop Smoking with Zyban (Bupropion) or Chantix (Varenicline) and Lemonaid Health

At Lemonaid Health, we just added the STOP SMOKING service to our growing list of services for Lemonaid Health! If safe and appropriate, we can prescribe either a 3 month supply of bupropion (Zyban) or varenicline (Chantix) which can double the success rate to quit. The STOP SMOKING service is now available for patients in the following states: AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, MO, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, VA, and WA. Other states coming soon!   Key Tips On average it takes a person about 5 times to quit smoking for good. So don’t give up if you’ve tried successfully but still find yourself back to smoking! In my experience, many people who quit successfully do so cold-turkey or without any prescription or over-the-counter nicotine gum or patch. That being said, it doesn’t matter how you stop smoking. The key is that you stop smoking! […] Read More »

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Shouldn’t Doctors Control Hospital Care? Yes. Physician Leadership Matters.

Does physician leadership matter asks cardiologist and author Dr. Sandeep Jauhar in his NYT opinion piece “Shouldn’t Doctors Control Hospital Care?”.  He opens his piece with the termination of the elected leaders of the medical staff office at the Tulare Regional Medical Center due to poor performance. He answers his rhetorical question with the obvious and simple response that doctors should control hospital care.  Though he cites physician led and well-respected health care organizations like Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic as examples of this, his conclusion begs a different question. Doctors in the past were in control of hospital care, so why the shift to businesspeople running hospitals? The issue lies in the false dichotomy Jauhar and others often create by asking whether physicians or businesspeople should ultimately be responsible for hospital care. A more complete answer would be the importance of physicians leaders embracing both medical and business perspectives. Physicians […] Read More »

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A1c Testing – Screening and Checking for Diabetes at Lemonaid Health

Lemonaid Health recently launched the A1c Blood Sugar Test service that allows Americans to get tested for diabetes or prediabetes with a simple non-fasting blood test, the HgbA1c or hemoglobin A1c. The test is done at your nearest Quest laboratory. Getting the blood test and doctor interpretation of the lab result can be done for less than $35. Health care built around your needs and your life. Simple and convenient. Set up an account on Lemonaid Health via our app or website. Answer some basic questions. Pay for the visit and lab fee. We order the lab electronically and notify you when completed so you can schedule an appointment or walk-in to your nearest Quest laboratory. Go get your blood drawn. No fasting needed! When we get the results, we message you securely and provide interpretation of the result. Results typically in 3 to 5 business days (if not sooner).     […] Read More »

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Get Tested and Checked for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea STD? Do it online with Lemonaid Health!

Lemonaid Health recently created a new sexually transmitted disease (STD) service that allows Americans to get tested and checked for chlamydia and gonorrhea, the two most common bacterial causes of STDs.  It is a simple urine test that screens for both chlamydia and gonorrhea. The test is done at your nearest Quest laboratory and can be done once a year.               Did you know? According to the US Preventive Services Task Force, all sexually active women ages 24 and younger should have a urine test to screen for chlamydia.  Women in this age group are at increased risk for this infection. 3 out of 4 women who have the infection have no symptoms! If not treated, it can cause complications including more a serious infection and infertility as well as passing it to her partner. If you are a women age 24 or younger, be sure to […] Read More »

High Cholesterol and Need A Refill or Treatment with a Statin? Do it online with Lemonaid Health!

Lemonaid Health recently created a new high cholesterol service that allows Americans to get tested for high cholesterol. If medically appropriate, we can provide prescription medicine to treat and decrease a person’s risk of heart attack and stroke. For as little as $200 a year (less than a dollar per day), Americans at risk can get lab work, doctor interpretation of the labs and a year prescription of statin medicine should it be necessary. For those who need a statin refill, this can also be provided as long as it is safe and appropriate. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and controlling cholesterol is simply one way to decrease that risk. Common statin medicines include lovastatin (Mevacor), simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), and rosuvastatin (Crestor).   Using the most up-to-date medical guidelines An individual’s risk for future heart attack can be estimated by using a […] Read More »