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Why Am I Not Losing Weight on Wegovy? Wegovy (semaglutide) is a prescription weight loss medication made by Novo Nordisk. It is used to help patients with overweight or obesity lose weight and keep it off. However, some patients struggle to lose weight even while taking Wegovy. This article will explore some of the most common reasons you aren’t losing weight on Wegovy and what to do about it. Read more

How to Last Longer in Bed anywhere from 30-70% of men experience premature ejaculation at some point. It’s normal to orgasm quickly during sex. However, if it happens repeatedly, it can affect your sex life and self-esteem. Try these tips out to unlock new levels of sexual satisfaction. Read more

Your Preventive Care Checklist Knowing what appointments you need - and when - can be challenging. Sesame’s Medical Director, Dr. Allison Edwards, MD, has compiled an easy checklist to see what appointments you should consider scheduling in the year ahead. Read more

10 Ways to Increase Female Libido Low libido (also referred to as low sex drive) is a term used to describe a decrease in your sexual appetite. While low libido can impact everyone, women* tend to feel like their sex drive has taken a dip more often than men: an estimated 1 in 3 women will experience what they regard as a drop in their libido at some point in their lives, compared to 1 in 5 men. Read more

Identifying ED: Causes and Symptoms Many men feel embarrassed bringing ED up to their partner or healthcare provider. Still, it’s important to understand the basics of this condition. It is a common sign of other underlying health problems. So how do you know if you just had an off-night or ED? Let’s take a look at some common causes and symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Read more

Cialis vs Viagra: Which is Best For You? Viagra and Cialis are the most commonly prescribed erectile dysfunction medications. Healthcare providers order these prescription drugs to help patients achieve and maintain an erection firm enough for sex. This article examines the similarities and differences between these two brand-name drugs. Read more

12 Natural and Medical Ways to Boost Libido (Sex Drive) Not in the mood? Let’s talk about it. Low sex drive, also referred to as low libido, is a term used to describe a decrease in sexual desire. It’s actually quite natural - and common - for libido to fluctuate over the course of our lifetime. According to the NHS, around 1 in 5 men report low libido at some point in their lives. That number is even higher for women - an estimated 1 in 3 women between 30 and 59 will experience a dip in sex drive at some time. Read more

7 Natural Ways to Get a Harder Erection Erectile dysfunction is a widespread condition affecting over 30 million men in the United States. ED has many causes and just as many treatment options. Sometimes, ED can be treated with simple lifestyle changes. In other cases, prescription medication may be needed. This article will detail some natural methods you can use to get a harder, stronger erection and fight off ED. Read more

Sesame Celebrates 5 Years of Half-Priced Health Care On February 5th, 2019, we set out to build something that had never been built before: a real, competitive, shoppable marketplace - for health care. So we set out to rebuilt the system from scratch. Here's what we've accomplished so far. Read more

“Common Sense” Solutions Won’t Fix Our Drug Prices. We Need A Different Approach. Last week, the New York Times published an article entitled, "Six Reasons Drug Prices Are So High in the US." The authors, Rebecca Robbins and Christina Jewett, point to a series of causes: a lack of central negotiators, a lack of price controls, the presence of perverse incentives, patent gaming, and a fragmented and complicated system. All of these points are correct – and ultimately irrelevant. Read more

Ozempic Face: What It Is and How to Treat It The prescription weight loss medication Ozempic (semaglutide) is becoming one of the best-known brand-name drugs available. It has become famous for its effectiveness in helping patients reach their desired body weight. It is also gaining popularity for a different reason: a side effect known as “Ozempic face.” This article will explore what Ozempic face is, what it means, and what you can do about it. Read more

Prescription Weight Loss Medications: Hype or Real? The growing market of weight loss drugs help fight obesity, but finding the best treatment for you can be challenging with so many different options. Take this article as an introduction to prescription weight loss drugs. We’ll examine common brand name medicines, how these drugs work, and what side effects they cause. Read more

Zepbound Vs Mounjaro Vs. Ozempic: Which is best? Curious about the buzzy new weight loss medications featured all over your social feeds? You’re not alone. In recent years, GLP-1 and GIP diabetes medications like Mounjaro (tirzepatide) and Wegovy (semaglutide) have been making waves - and in 2023, Zepbound (tirzepatide) secured a spot on the roster as well. However, understanding the nuances of these medications is crucial. In this blog, we'll dive into the differences in how Mounjaro, Wegovy and Zepbound function. Read more

Top 19 Foods To Combat Cancer While there's no single food that will protect people from cancer, there are a number of foods that are rich in antioxidants, phytochemicals and other compounds. These compounds may kill cancer cells, reduce tumor growth or reduce the risk of developing cancer. We've highlighted 19 of these anti-cancer foods below. We'll explain how they may contribute to cancer prevention and why they’re an important part of a balanced diet. From blueberries to seaweed, each of these foods brings something unique to the table. Read more

7 Proven Ways to Boost Your Metabolism Quick-fix trends focused on “fat-burning” foods and “no-carb diets” are not likely to improve your metabolism. Rather, boosting your metabolism is about making small, sustainable changes to your lifestyle and diet. In this blog post, we'll dive into some medically-backed ways to enhance and maintain your metabolic health and wellness goals.
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Best Cough Medicine: Over-the-Counter and Prescription There are a wide range of medications on the market intended to ease coughing. In this article, we will detail some of your best options. Read more

Are Diabetes Drugs for Weight Loss Safe? Here's What An Expert Says In the ever-evolving weight loss solution space, diabetes medications such as Ozempic, Wegovy and Mounjaro have been stealing the spotlight in recent years. With a surge of articles and stories populating our Instagram feeds and TV channels, these medications have sparked a wave of curiosity and debate. Are they the game-changers they're touted to be in the realm of weight loss? How safe and effective are diabetes medications when used for weight loss? And how do you know if they’re right for you? Read more

Wegovy for Weight Loss: Everything You Need to Know Wegovy is a recent entry into the expanding group of prescription drugs used to help people lose weight. This article will detail some basic facts about Wegovy, including how it works, its recommended dosage, and its side effects. Read more

Victoza for Weight Loss: What You Should Know Victoza is a prescription medication that is FDA-approved to treat type 2 diabetes. It is also gaining attention for its off-label use, helping patients lose weight. This article will detail some need-to-know facts about Victoza, including its uses, effect on the body, common side effects, and dosage information. Read more

Saxenda for Weight Loss: What You Need to Know Saxenda (liraglutide) is among the growing list of diabetes medications being used for weight loss. This article will explain some basic facts about Saxenda. It will detail its possible side effects and who it may be right for. Read more

Metformin for Weight Loss: What You Should Know Metformin is one of the most widely prescribed diabetes drugs. It is also gaining traction as a weight loss drug. However, some uncertainty remains around what metformin is and how it is used. This article will provide basic facts you need to know before taking metformin: how it works, its side effects, and who it may be right for. Read more

Sober Curious? What You Need to Know Sober curiosity has a broad range of purposes when practiced by different people. This article will detail the origins of the sober curious movement, ways to be sober curious, and how mindful drinking can affect your physical and mental health. Read more

2024 New Year's Resolutions Outlook As the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, 2023, many will ring in the New Year with a fresh set of resolutions. But what types of physical and mental health goals are Americans setting for 2024, and what kind of obstacles stand in the way of accomplishing their resolutions? Read more

10k Steps a Day: Magic Number or Myth? Walking is one of the most popular and beneficial forms of exercise. 10,000 steps per day is a daily step count recommendation that is routinely passed around fitness and wellness circles. But do you really need 10,000 steps a day to walk your way to well-being? This article will explore the myths and facts behind 10,000 steps as a magic number for health, including where this figure came from in the first place. Read more

Contrave for Weight Loss Contrave is one of many weight loss drugs exploding onto the market. Unlike other medications prescribed for weight management, Contrave (bupropion and naltrexone) is FDA-approved for the treatment of obesity and excess weight in adults. But with all the weight management options out there, is Contrave right for you? This article will detail what Contrave is used for, how it works, what you should consider before taking it, and how it stacks up to other prescription weight-loss drugs. Read more

Rybelsus for Weight Loss Rybelsus is a GLP-1 drug prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes. It contains the same active ingredient (semaglutide) as the popular, brand-name weight loss drugs Wegovy and Ozempic that are blowing up on social media. But what is Rybelsus? And does it work for weight loss? This article will detail basic facts about Rybelsus, including how it is used, how to take it, and possible side effects it may cause. Read more

Wegovy Vs Ozempic: Which Works Better? If you have questions about Wegovy or Ozempic, you’re not alone. These medications, known as GLP-1 receptor agonists, have gained significant popularity in the healthcare field in recent years, particularly as rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes continue to rise in the United States - roughly 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes (about 90-95% percent have type 2 diabetes), and the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. was 41.9% between 2017 and March 2020, a significant increase from 30.5% in 1999-2000. Read more

Ozempic for Weight Loss Among the new crop of weight loss medications, Ozempic has emerged as a hot item. This groundbreaking diabetes drug has garnered considerable attention from celebrities, social media influencers, and prescribers alike for its significant side effect – weight loss. This article will examine Ozempic’s efficacy as a weight loss drug, how it works, and what to consider before taking it. Read more

9 Diabetes Drugs for Weight Loss As obesity rates continue to rise globally, health care providers are turning to diverse treatment options to help patients lose weight. Among the growing crop of weight loss drugs on the market are several classes of diabetes medications. How do diabetes drugs help patients lose weight? This article will provide a broad overview of several diabetes drugs that may cause weight loss, including how they work, what side effects they cause, and who they may be right for. Read more

Holiday Survival 101: 9 Ways to Cope With Difficult Family Members During the Holidays The holiday season is upon us, and what should be a festive time that brings loved ones closer together is, instead, a major stressor for a lot of people. According to our recent Holiday Stress Outlook, 18% of Americans attribute increased stress levels to navigating difficult family dynamics. We’ve put together a list of simple tips and self-care strategies to help you keep your cool during holiday family gatherings. Read more

What is a Compounding Pharmacy? Compounding pharmacies are a unique type of drugmaker that play an integral role in healthcare. In this article, we’ll investigate the differences between these types of pharmacies and what role compounded medications play in our national healthcare system. Read more

Topiramate (Topamax) for Weight Loss: Uses and Precautions The weight loss medication boom has produced several promising solutions for the ongoing obesity crisis in the United States. Among these is the anti-epileptic drug topiramate, which is commonly sold under the brand name Topamax. Although the drug is not FDA-approved for weight loss, health care providers are increasingly prescribing topiramate and drugs like it to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This article will examine topiramate’s efficacy as a weight loss drug, how it works, and what to consider before taking it. Read more

Moujaro vs. Wegovy: Which Works the Best? Over the past several years, two new medications have emerged as significant players in the realm of diabetes management and weight loss: Mounjaro (tirzepatide) and Wegovy (semaglutide). While both brands belong to the same class of drugs, known as GLP-1 receptor agonists, they have distinct characteristics, mechanisms of action and suitability for different patients. This post aims to unravel these differences, providing clarity on how Mounjaro and Wegovy work, their specific Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals and their individual side effects and prices. Read more

Mounjaro for Weight Loss: Does it Work? New weight loss medications make headlines every few months. Mounjaro is gaining steam based on its remarkable efficacy in helping patients lose weight. Although the drug is not FDA-approved for weight loss, health care providers are increasingly prescribing Mounjaro and drugs like it to help patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight. This article will examine how effective Mounjaro is as a weight loss drug, how it works, and what to consider before taking it. Read more

Type 2 Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Diabetes is a family of diseases that impact millions of individuals worldwide. This health issue profoundly impacts the United States, affecting a staggering 37.3 million individuals, accounting for approximately 11.3% of the entire population. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have marked differences in their causes, symptoms, and the treatment options needed to manage the disease. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of type 2 diabetes and what sets it apart from other forms of diabetes. Read more

Type 1 Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Diabetes is a group of diseases that affect millions of people globally. Type 1 and type 2 diabetes have marked differences in their causes, symptoms, and the treatment options needed to manage the disease. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of type 1 diabetes and what sets it apart from other forms of diabetes. Read more

Flexible Spending Accounts vs Health Savings Accounts In the complex world of health insurance and medical expenses, two terms often stand out: Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). While both HSAs and FSAs offer unique benefits for managing healthcare expenses, understanding their differences is crucial in making an informed decision that aligns with your financial and healthcare needs. Read more

How Long Are You Contagious with Covid-19? Navigating the ever-evolving landscape of COVID-19 can be a bit of a maze, especially when it comes to understanding how long you're contagious for. With recommendations and guidelines frequently changing, it's understandable if you find yourself scratching your head, wondering just how long you should isolate to keep yourself and others healthy. But fret not! We've compiled a handy list of some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 infectiousness, aimed at shedding light on this perplexing topic. Read more

Post-Visit Messaging Is Now Available On Sesame Have you ever left a doctor's appointment and needed clarification on medical advice, wanted peace of mind after experiencing a side effect from a new medication, or realized that you completely forgot to ask a question during your visit? In the complex world of healthcare, it’s not uncommon to think of important queries after meeting with your healthcare provider - which is why post-visit messaging is now available on Sesame! Read more

TX and TN Empower Patients with Deductible Credits for Cash Payments A transformative shift in the healthcare industry has emerged on the horizon for residents of Texas and Tennessee. Both states have signed into law a groundbreaking healthcare reform that is poised to reshape the way Americans think about shopping for healthcare: insured consumers in TX and TN can now receive deductible credit when they opt to pay in cash for covered medical services. Read more

Gestational Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Gestational diabetes (or gestational diabetes mellitus) is a form of diabetes that affects pregnant women. In this blog article, we’ll look into what causes gestational diabetes, the symptoms it causes, how it is diagnosed, and how it is treated. Read more

Gestational Diabetes Diet: What to Eat for a Healthy Pregnancy Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common complication of pregnancy that affects 6% of all pregnancies in the US. This type of diabetes occurs during the hormone rush of pregnancy, which can alter how your body uses insulin. This blog article will detail eating strategies and food recommendations to help mitigate gestational diabetes. Read more

Best Overactive Bladder Medications An overactive bladder (OAB) can severely disrupt your everyday life. The frequent and urgent need to urinate, coupled with a loss of bladder control, can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Luckily, many treatment options are available to help control this condition and prevent the adverse personal effects it can cause. While there is a range of ways to combat OAB, this article will focus on medicated treatment, as well as how they work, where to find them, and the most common side effects they can cause. Read more

Lower Right Back Pain: Causes and Treatment Lower back pain on the right side stems from various causes and underlying conditions. Determining the origin of the pain, whether it be spinal misalignment, ligament sprain, or organ dysfunction, is crucial for treatment. In this blog article, we will detail some of the most common causes of lower right back pain and how to treat the root of the problem. Read more

Sesame Announces New Partnership With Sittercity If you’ve ever cared for a child, then you’ve likely sacrificed sleep, skipped meals, or put your own healthcare needs on the back burner - which can lead to high stress, burnout and other negative physical and mental health consequences. And if you’re one of the thousands of child caregivers without access to employer benefits like health coverage, those consequences can be financially detrimental as well. Read more

Phlegm Color: Green, Yellow, and Brown Phlegm is a sticky, gooey substance that protects your airways from viruses, bacteria, allergens, and other pollutants we often inhale. Too much phlegm may be a sign of infection and illness. In this blog article, we’ll take a look at what causes your body to make too much phlegm and what the different colors of this natural mucus might mean for your health. Read more

How to Find Free Online Therapy Online therapy gives patients access to mental health services without the requirement of showing up in person. There are many benefits to online therapy sessions, but it’s important to know what type of care you can expect from these free services. In this blog article, we’ll detail what free online therapy services and mental health resources are available and how to access them. Read more

Lower Back Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Acute and chronic back pain can affect patients’ quality of life, mobility, and long-term health. In this blog article, we’ll dive deep into the primary causes of lower back pain, the symptoms it causes, and the standard treatment options available. Read more

Coinsurance vs Copay: The Differences With Examples If you’ve ever had to purchase or apply for health insurance, then you’ve probably realized that open enrollment is arguably one of the most unpleasant times of the year. Still, understanding these concepts is critical when it comes to managing your healthcare expenses effectively. In this blog post, we'll explore what coinsurance and copays are, their differences, and how they impact your health care costs. Read more

Holiday 2023 Stress Outlook With the holiday season nearing, Sesame conducted our annual pulse check on holiday stress in America. We delved into the most prevalent stressors, their effects on mental health and well-being, and whether or not consumers are reaching out for support. Dive into the results here. Read more

Normal Blood Sugar Levels: What You Need to Know Blood sugar, or glucose, is a primary energy source for our bodies. Understanding what normal blood sugar levels are, how to identify irregularities, and when to see a doctor can play a vital role in diabetes care and maintaining overall wellness. In this blog post, we’ll do a deeper dive into what blood sugar is, what normal blood sugar levels look like, and how to identify signs of abnormal blood sugar levels. Read more

How to Find a Free Online Doctor Telehealth (online medical care) has made it easier to get affordable healthcare without the hassle of going to a clinic in person. It has also made it easier to pay for sub-standard health services. In this article, we’ll untangle the vast web of free and low-cost healthcare options available to consumers to help you find the type of care you need. Read more

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes for All: Vegan, Gluten-Free & More Hosting Thanksgiving can come with a heaping serving of stress, especially when your guests have dietary restrictions. Fear not! We understand the challenge and have crafted a delightful array of side dish recipes that not only taste amazing but are also easily modifiable. Read more

10 Tips to Keep Your Bladder Healthy November has been designated as Bladder Health Awareness Month, a time to educate yourself on how vital bladder health is to your overall well-being. In observance of Bladder Health Awareness Month, we’ve compiled a list of easy-to-use tips to keep your bladder in tip-top shape. Read more

Breast Cancer Screenings: Facts and Guidelines October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; a whole month explicitly dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. In observance, we have put together a guide to breast cancer screenings. This article will detail screening recommendations for women, different screening tests, and how to screen yourself. Read more

High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP): What Are the Benefits? Healthcare is a significant part of our monthly expenses, so it's vital to understand your options in order to choose the best healthcare plan for your needs. In this blog post, we’ll be unpacking high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), one of the most common types of health insurance in the United States. Here’s what you need to know about this type of health coverage. Read more

Ask Sesame Anything: Your Health Questions, Answered Dealing with any idle curiosities or nagging health questions? We welcomed readers to share their health queries, and then teamed up with Sesame’s Medical Director, Dr. Allison Edwards, MD, to address as many questions as possible below. Read more

10 Breakfast Foods for People with Diabetes The day's most important meal is even more important for people managing type 1 and 2 diabetes. The morning meal is crucial in regulating blood sugar metabolism after a night’s fasting. However, many filling and satisfying breakfast foods are also carbohydrate-heavy. These diabetic-friendly breakfast foods are delicious, nutritious, and filling. Work these meals into your weekly diet to get your day started right. Read more

Best Bread for Diabetes Bread is not taboo for a diabetes diet plan as long as you know what to look for. Below, you’ll find some tips about what to look for when browsing the bread aisle and what to avoid. We’ll also point you toward some of your local grocery store's best bread brand options. Read more

Type 1 vs. Type 2 Diabetes: What’s the Difference? Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is one of the most common chronic diseases in America, but despite its increasing prevalence, diabetes is still misunderstood by some. In this article, we will detail the similarities and differences between type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes to shed some light on these common conditions. We will look at the various causes of this disease, its symptoms, and the divergent treatment options for the different types of diabetes. Read more

4 Safe Ways to Delay Your Period Have you ever planned an epic beach vacation, only to have Aunt Flo show up without an invite? Or trained for a marathon and realized that you’ll be dealing with more than just leg cramps on race day? If so, then you’ve probably wondered if there’s a way to skip or delay your period. Read more

How to Get Rid of Phlegm Mucus is a sticky substance made by cell tissues in your nose, sinuses, airways, and mouth that filters your airways, trapping dust, allergens, and other irritants we inhale. However, illness and allergic reactions can cause mucus to build up, causing uncomfortable symptoms. In this blog article, we’ll break down several easy at-home remedies to eliminate excess mucus and phlegm from your airways, nose, and throat. We will also look at the various causes of mucus buildup, the symptoms it causes, and medicinal treatment options for persistent mucus. Read more

Are You Comparison Shopping for Healthcare? Here’s Why It Matters When shopping for household goods or clothing, we often compare prices between stores or online platforms to ensure we get the best deal. Surprisingly, this behavior isn’t as common when it comes to healthcare, even though a recent study has revealed that prices for the exact same services can vary by thousands of dollars from hospital to hospital. Read more

Give $10, Get $10: Sesame Launches Refer-A-Friend Program We are excited to announce Sesame's first-ever referral program, a new initiative designed to reward both current Sesame customers and their friends. This program aligns with our ongoing mission to make healthcare more accessible, transparent and affordable. Here's everything you need to know. Read more

5 Ways to Improve Lung Capacity October is Healthy Lung Month, a month dedicated to focusing on your respiratory health. Sesame is joining with organizations nationwide to raise awareness about lung health. This October is an excellent opportunity to pay increased attention to how they work and how you can improve their function. In this blog post, we'll detail some at-home strategies to increase your lung capacity and ensure your body gets oxygen. Read more

The 8 Best Fruits for Diabetics When managing diabetes, understanding what you consume plays a significant role in keeping your blood sugar levels in check. One of the areas many people get confused about is fruits – are they good for diabetics? And if so, which ones? The reality is that not all fruits are created equal. In this blog post, we'll break down the best fruits to incorporate into your diabetes diet, along with their GI, GL, and other nutritional benefits. Read more

Sesame Announces New Partnership with Costco Accessing healthcare should be as easy and affordable as shopping at Costco - and for Costco members, it now is. On September 25, Sesame and Costco announced a partnership to offer special discount pricing to all Costco Members on a broad range of outpatient medical care offered at Sesame. Read more

Health Benefits of Sesame Seeds We obviously love sesame seeds here at Sesame. Why? Sesame seeds are tiny nutritional powerhouses. Packed with protein, nutrients, and healthy fats, these little kernels from the sesame plant can help with weight loss, heart health, and more. Read more

Sinus Infection vs. COVID: Symptoms and Treatment A sinus infection and a coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) infection can appear similarly. COVID-19, like a sinus infection, can cause symptoms such as congestion, headaches, sinus pain, and more. These two illnesses do have some marked differences, though. Understanding these discrepancies can help you take the proper precautions and receive appropriate treatment. Read more

Flu vs. COVID: Symptoms and Treatment Respiratory illnesses like the flu, the common cold, and the coronavirus become more prevalent between October and May, usually peaking from December to February. These illnesses usually cause similar symptoms. Because of this, it can be hard to tell whether or not you are managing a cold, the flu, or COVID-19. Understanding the differences between these diseases can help you take the necessary precautions during this coming flu season. Read more

Cold vs. COVID: Symptoms and Treatment Understanding the differences between respiratory diseases helps you protect yourself and your loved ones and get the proper treatment quickly if an infection does occur. While the common cold and COVID-19 can cause similar symptoms, these illnesses have marked differences. A basic knowledge of these contrasts will help you take care of yourself and get efficient treatment. Read more

Cold Vs Flu: What's the Difference? When you start to feel a tickle in your throat or a sniffle in your nose, you may wonder if you've caught a cold or the flu. Both ailments are respiratory infections, but they're caused by different viruses and can have significantly different levels of severity. Knowing which one you're dealing with is crucial for getting the right treatment and taking proper precautions to prevent spreading it to others. Read more

High Cholesterol Education: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment High cholesterol is one of the most prevalent and dangerous medical conditions worldwide. Complicating matters is that high cholesterol is hard to detect on its own. It is often called a “silent killer” as it causes few noticeable symptoms, meaning those managing the condition may not even know they have it. Because of this, it’s essential to understand what high cholesterol is, its associated risks, and how to treat the condition. Read more

Can't Afford Health Insurance? 5 Ways to Save on Costs Health insurance costs are taking the biggest jumps in years, according to the Wall Street Journal. A recent report projects that costs for employer coverage will rise by around 6.5% for 2024, while premiums for people who have individual insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act are expected to rise by about 6% next year. This significant increase could result in many individuals either not being able to afford insurance or needing to enroll in a higher-deductible plan. If you find yourself in either situation, here are five important considerations for the future: Read more

Counselor or Therapist: What’s Best for Me? A counselor or therapist is a good place to start for those seeking treatment for a mental health problem or for people just looking to talk through life’s bumps and bruises with someone. While both of these types of caregivers work directly with patients to address their concerns and needs, their professions vary in crucial ways. Learning the difference between a counselor and a therapist can help you make a more informed decision about the type of care that’s best for you. Read more

Sexual Health Q&A When we talk about health, the conversation often revolves around diet, exercise, and mental wellness. While these aspects are undeniably crucial for a balanced life, there's another equally important facet of health that often gets swept under the rug—sexual health. In honor of Sexual Health Awareness Month, we spoke with Sesame’s medical director, Dr. Allison Edwards, MD, to address some questions about safe sex practices, contraceptive methods, and the importance of emotional well-being and healthy interpersonal relationships. Read more

Why Medicaid Redeterminations Are Paused in 12 States The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is calling on a number of states to pause Medicaid redeterminations after identifying a number of disenrollment issues and procedural errors. Read more

Counselor or Therapist: What’s Best for Me? A counselor or therapist is a good place to start for those seeking treatment for a mental health problem or for people just looking to talk through life’s bumps and bruises with someone. While both of these types of caregivers work directly with patients to address their concerns and needs, their professions vary in crucial ways. Learning the difference between a counselor and a therapist can help you make a more informed decision about the type of care that’s best for you. Read more

Bloodshot Eyes: Causes and Relief Bloodshot eyes can be both uncomfortable and concerning. Whether you've just glanced in the mirror to find your eyes tinged with red, or you've been struggling with this issue for a while, you likely have questions. What causes bloodshot eyes? How can you find relief? And when should you consult a healthcare professional? Read more

First 10 Drugs Named for Medicare Price Negotiations On Tuesday morning, the U.S. government announced the first 10 drugs subject to direct negotiations between Medicare and pharmaceutical companies. For the first time ever, Medicare will be able to hash out medication prices directly with pharmaceutical manufacturers. The initiative aims to make essential medications more affordable for millions of Americans and marks a significant step in a broader strategy to rein in soaring drug costs. Read more

Psychiatrist or Psychologist: What’s Best for Me? Many people don’t know the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist, if they know there is one. While both psychiatrists and psychologists can diagnose and treat mental health disorders, these professions differ slightly in how they approach the practice and the treatment options they can offer. Learning the difference between these mental health providers can help you make a more informed decision about who you see and why. Read more

Therapist or Psychologist: What’s Best for Me? Whether you are new to mental health care, getting back into it, or searching for a new provider, knowing the difference between practitioners makes all the difference in the world. Learning the difference between therapists and psychologists can help you make a more informed decision about who you see and why. Read more

Can Medication Treat Vision Loss? More than 90 million Americans over 40—3 in 5 people in this age range—have some form of vision loss. This includes 1 million people classified as legally blind and 3 million with vision impairment after correction. The National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates these numbers will double by the year 2050. If you or a loved one are managing vision loss, you should know that several treatment options are available to help slow the progression of your condition and even improve vision in some cases. Read more

Understanding Grief, Loss and Trauma: A Conversation with a Grief Counselor Grief is a deeply personal and universal experience that affects everyone at different times and in varying intensities at some point in their lives, whether it’s the passing of a family member or the end of a relationship. Unfortunately, talking about mourning, loss and trauma can be extremely difficult, and because of this, many of us have lingering questions about the grieving process. In honor of National Grief Awareness Day, we sat down with Sesame clinician Dr. Sarah Williams, LMHC, a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in grief, loss, and trauma, to address these questions and more. Read more

Blue Shield Drops CVS for Cost Plus Drugs, Amazon In a significant healthcare industry shake-up, Blue Shield of California - one of the state’s largest health insurers - has made the decision to restructure its pharmacy benefit. Despite a long-standing relationship with CVS’s Caremark, they are hiring a new Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM), Abarca, and adding services from Mark Cuban’s Cost Plus Drugs and Amazon Pharmacy for mail order delivery (largely for generic drugs). Read more

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