Substance Abuse: Helping Your Loved One

concerned iStock_000024325978SmallLately, it’s been worrying you: You suspect that a person close to you is abusing drugs or alcohol. Often, there are clues. And there are ways to help your loved one find a road to recovery.  Maybe your family member seems different. People who get hooked on drugs or alcohol may keep using them despite all the bad things that happen as a result. There can be problems at work, school or home or with their health. Those can be big signs. What can you do?

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Health Net of Arizona is Committed to Making Health Care Work

Ranking ArizonaFor the 11th year in a row, Health Net of Arizona, Inc. has been named the No.1 HMO in the state by “Ranking Arizona,” the largest annual business opinion poll in Arizona.

“It is wonderful to know that voters believe Health Net is the “best of the best” in what we do,” said Rose Megian, president of Health Net of Arizona.

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Foods that Fight Cancer™

From American Institute for Cancer Research


Fresh Vegetables, Fruits and other foodstuffs. Huge collectionNo single food or food component can protect you against cancer by itself. But strong evidence does show that a diet filled with a variety of plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans helps lower risk for many cancers.

Foods can fight cancer both directly and indirectly. In laboratory studies, many individual minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals demonstrate anti-cancer effects.

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Food Safety Musts for Moms-to-Be

As a mom-to-be, you know a healthy diet is a must for both you and your growing baby. But an extra safe diet is also essential—one that protects the two of you from food poisoning. While food poisoning is never a good thing, it’s especially risky when you’re expecting. Pregnancy alters your immune system, making it harder to fight off harmful bacteria and other microorganisms that can multiply in food and make you seriously ill.

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April is ‪‎National Donate Life Month

carleebDid you know that 123,386 people are waiting for an organ donation? Every day, dozens of lives are saved and transformed by organ, eye, and tissue donors—and families of donors find the strength and generosity to turn their loss into hope for others. This collection of inspiring stories of recipients, donors, and donor families offers insight into the donation process, and brings to life what organ and tissue donation make possible.

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Improving Health Literacy = Healthy Outcomes

Patient talking with doctorWith nearly half the U.S. adult population lacking health literacy skills needed to understand and act on health information, Health Net, is taking steps to support the goal of Health Literacy and promote the importance of providing consumers with health information that’s clear, simple and easy to understand.  “Studies have shown that there’s a link between low health literacy and poor health outcomes,” said Patricia Buss, M.D., medical and health care services operations officer for Health Net.

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Associate Volunteers: Community Service at Ronald McDonald House Charities

Eleven Oregon Health Net associates turn a Friday the 13th into a lucky experience for many

OR Community Service RHMC April 2015

On March 13, a team of Health Net of Oregon associates spent their Day of Community Service at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) East House in Portland preparing a lunch for families, cleaning toys, and getting a room ready for an incoming family in need.

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Health Benefits of Leafy Greens

From spinach and Swiss chard to kale and collards, leafy greens pile your plate with the vitamins and minerals your body needs to fight off disease. And when it comes to which are the most nutrient-rich, remember one thing — the darker the better. Why? These veggies are rich in vitamins A, K and C, along with a wide range of carotenoids that act as antioxidants, clearing the body of harmful free radicals.

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A Symptom You Should Never Ignore: Sudden Intense Headache

What could your headache mean?A headache (medically termed cephalgia) can be located anywhere in the head, including above the eyes or the ears, behind the head (occipital headache), the top of the head (coronal headache), or in the back of the upper neck. And now, out of nowhere, you experience “the worst headache” of your life. You just want to take pain pills and go to bed. But don’t ignore this symptom.

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Is it Autism?

What parents need to know

He is the apple of his parent's eyesParents love watching their little ones grow. Yet these early observations can sometimes spark concerns when moms and dads notice something unusual in the way a child interacts or communicates. Worried parents may even wonder, “Is it autism?”  You may know it as autism, but the medical term for this developmental disorder is autism spectrum disorder (ASD).   Continue reading