Karen E. Miller, Dr.P.H, is Health Editor of the Banner and editor of “Be Healthy,” the quarterly health magazine. Dr. Miller has an eclectic background in the health care industry including direct patient care, higher education, management and consulting. She served as the director of clinical training in rehabilitation medicine at Columbia University’s Harlem Hospital Center. She was an assistant professor at New York University and Texas Women’s University, where she taught courses in functional anatomy, orthopedics, neurology and community health. At New York’s Department of Social Services, she was a consultant for the state’s Medicaid program on issues pertaining to quality of care.
At Tenneco, a large oil and gas company in Houston, Dr. Miller developed and ran a managed care program, which involved selective contracting with physicians and hospitals for the treatment of catastrophic illnesses. As an independent consultant she has provided services to small businesses, insurance companies and physician groups. Dr. Miller is a graduate of Boston University and Columbia University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from New York University and a doctorate in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Miller currently serves as a board member of the Massachusetts Association of Mental Health.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Lung cancer is largely preventable. Almost 90 percent of all cases of lung cancer are caused by tobacco smoke, which contains known cancer-causing agents.
A healthy dose of vitamin A
Acorn squash, a type of winter squash, is heralded for its richness in vitamins A and C, fiber and potassium.
October is Talk about Prescriptions Month
Medication errors, which can result in harm or even death, are largely preventable.
Read the drug facts label carefully
Although over-the-counter, or OTC drugs are available without a prescription, their ease of use has not diminished their potency. Dosages and precautions listed on Drug Facts Labels should be followed closely.
Whole-Wheat Fruit Bars
A “healthy snack” sounds like an oxymoron. The two words seem to be on opposite ends. But that does not have to be the case. In this recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research, whole grains are combined with dried fruit and juice for a healthy treat.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Although a vaccine for HPV has been available since 2006, the compliance rate remains low.
Osteoarthritis, which can range from mild to severe, is one of the most debilitating diseases in this country.
The primary care provider manages your health care. It is important to find one that fits your personal needs.
Salads can be more than just lettuce and tomatoes. This salad combines fruit and lettuce with seeds and nuts.
July is National Watermelon Month
Watermelon not only tastes good, it is chock full of nutrients the body requires to function efficiently.