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5 Tips to Find the Right Therapist
“I want to go to therapy…but how do I know where to start?" If you’ve ever seen a therapist (or thought about finding one) this uncertainty may feel too familiar. We hear from patients all the time about how hard it can be to find the right therapist. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. We at Sesame are doing everything we can to empower you to take control of your mental health and find the right therapist. We talked to Dr. Alice Shepard, PhD owner of Mirielle Therapy to get advice on how you can make the search for a therapist easier and faster, and get paired with the right person for you. Read more

Navigating the Changing Mask Mandates
Recent changes to federal mask mandates on buses, airplanes, and other public transportation have left many people with questions. Should I still wear one? When is it safe to go maskless? Who is at risk? Dr. Allison Edwards, Sesame’s Medical Director, breaks it down for you. Read more

Pollen Allergies 101
When you are exposed to an allergen like pollen, your body prompts an immune response - which causes common allergy symptoms like itchy eyes, itchy or runny nose, and scratchy throat that make allergic reactions troublesome. Most plants tend to pollinate during the spring, summer, and fall, making these especially aggravating times for people who have pollen allergies. We asked Dr. Allison Edwards a few questions about pollen allergies, how to treat allergy symptoms, and more. Read more

Back Pain During Pregnancy: Why It Happens & How to Fix It
Back pain during pregnancy can be no joke. There are so many different reasons that people experience back pain during pregnancy—some of which can be alleviated by things we can do to improve it, and other reasons that are beyond our control until that baby exits. Here's a look at some of the main causes. Read more

The Best Foods to Keep Your Bones Healthy as You Age
We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” But what if we told you that your bones are also what you eat? Doctors agree that what you eat can directly impact your bone health - especially as you age. As we get older, our bones and tissues begin to thin and weaken, which is why it’s so important to eat a diet that promotes overall health and well being. We talked to Cevie Penda Touré, a functional nutritionist, about what foods to eat to protect your bones - and your body - as you age. Read more

When to Get Rid of Expired Medications
Open your medicine cabinet and chances are, you’ll find some expired medication. These leftover pills aren’t just a little old. They can actually be dangerous. We talked to Sesame’s Medical Director Dr. Allison Edwards about old prescriptions, the potential hazards of expired pills and more. Read more

Cold or COVID: What to do if you test positive (updated December 2021)
A case of the sniffles was once viewed as a mere byproduct of the winter months. Now, rightfully so, we’re immediately questioning: what is this? Is it COVID? Is it the flu? Is it just a cold? Symptom checkers are helpful but aren’t the be-all, end-all. The best thing you can do if you or a loved one are feeling flu-like symptoms is to talk to your doctor and get tested for COVID-19. Read more

Holiday 2021 Stress Report: Increase in Anxiety, Depression
As attention turns to a second COVID holiday season, we took a pulse on the state of stress in America to determine most common stressors, impact on mental health and wellbeing -- and how (and if) consumers are seeking out help. Here’s a look at what we found. Read more

Can you Get Dicyclomine (generic Bentyl) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for dicyclomine (generic Bentyl) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get Sertraline HCL (generic Zoloft) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for sertraline HCL (generic Bentyl) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get Escitalopram (generic Lexapro) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for escitalopram (generic Lexapro) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get Duloxetine HCL DR (generic Cymbalta) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for duloxetine HCL DR (generic Cymbalta) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get Prednisone (generic Deltasone, Rayos) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for Prednisone (generic Deltasone, Rayos) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get Valacyclovir (generic Valtrex) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for valacyclovir (generic Valtrex) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get Metformin (generic Fortamet) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for metformin (generic Fortamet) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get Amlodipine (generic Norvasc) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for amlodipine (generic Norvasc) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get Levothyroxine (generic Synthroid) Online?
Learn how to get a prescription or refill for levothyroxine (generic Synthroid) online, if appropriate. Read more

Can You Get an HbA1c Lab Test Online?
Learn how to get an HbA1c lab test online, without a doctor referral from a Quest Diagnostics near you. Read more

Can You Get a Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Lab Online?
Learn how to get a TSH lab test online, without a doctor referral from a Quest Diagnostics near you. Read more

Can You Get Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Online?
Learn how to get a comprehensive metabolic panel online, without a doctor referral from a Quest Diagnostics near you. Read more

Can You Get A Complete Blood Count Lab Test Online?
Learn how to get a complete blood count(CBC) lab test online, without a doctor referral from a Quest Diagnostics near you. Read more

Can You Get an STI/STD Test Online?
Learn how to get a same-day STI/STD lab test online, without a doctor referral from a Quest Diagnostics near you. Read more

Can you Get a Test for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea Online?
Learn how to get an affordable, same-day gonorrhea or chlamydia test at a convenient Quest labs near you - without a doctor referral. Read more

Can you Get an HIV Test Online?
Learn how to get a discreet, same-day HIV test at a convenient Quest Diagnostics location near you - without a doctor referral. Read more

Can You Get a Comprehensive Female Panel Online?
Learn how to get a comprehensive female lab panel online at a convenient Quest Diagnostics location near you - without a doctor referral. Read more

Can You Get a Comprehensive Male Panel Online?
Learn how to get a comprehensive male lab panel online at a convenient Quest Diagnostics location near you - without a doctor referral. Read more

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Durante esta temporada de gripe, aprenda a reconocer las diferencias entre estas 3 enfermedades. Leer más

COVID Positivo: Las recomendaciones indispensables a seguir (actualizado Diciembre 2021)
La Directora de medicina de Sesame, Allison Edwards, explica lo que debe hacer si usted o un ser querido tiene Covid.Leer más

¿Qué es la telemedicina? Preguntas Frecuentes
La telemedicina ha mejorado el acceso a excelente atención médica. En este artículo, respondemos las preguntas más frecuentes sobre esta manera de cuidado de salud. Leer más