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How to Succeed with Virtual Care Part 2: Tools and Tips to Make the Most of Your 98point6 Visit

Virtual care may sound mysterious and even a little ambiguous, but it’s actually more straightforward than you think. In this new series aimed at addressing patients’ top questions and concerns, our goal is to offer a better understanding of how 98point6 works and fits into your life—empowering you to take charge of your health and […]

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Post-Lockdown Summer: How to Get Out and Stay Safe

As states reopen and restrictions continue to lift, there is still so much uncertainty around COVID-19. One thing we do know for sure: everyone has grown tired of staying home—and this season normally filled with family reunions, vacations and road trips is going to be different. Here, we take a closer look at the facts […]

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How to Succeed with Virtual Care Part 2: Tools and Tips to Make the Most of Your 98point6 Visit

Virtual care has emerged as the primary access point for receiving diagnosis, treatment and reassurance from the safety and comfort of home. Not only does this empower people to take charge of their health, virtual care minimizes exposure risk for each individual and by extension, their broader communities—as demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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6 Feet of Separation: How Can We Do It Better?

Just a few short weeks ago, many of us had never even heard of the public health term “social distancing.” Now it’s a part of our collective new reality.  “Socialization is at the core of being human. Keeping physical distance right now is key to protect ourselves, our loved ones and those more vulnerable in […]

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Should You Be Concerned About Hypertension?

98point6 Physician Sarah Simmons, M.D. on What You Need to Know—and What Many Don’t Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a measure of the excess force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as they move blood through the body. Although it is normal for blood pressure to fluctuate throughout the day, prolonged […]

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How to Succeed with Virtual Care Part 1: How We Treat via Text

Virtual care may sound mysterious and even a little ambiguous, but it’s actually more straightforward than you think. In this new series aimed at addressing patients’ top questions and concerns, our goal is to offer a better understanding of how 98point6 works and fits into your life—empowering you to take charge of your health and […]

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98point6 Physician Erin Jones, MD on Why Antibiotics Aren’t Always the Best Medicine

You feel lousy. You’re certain it’s a sinus infection—just like last year. And like last year, you know that antibiotics will clear up the infection and make you feel better. But are antibiotics the answer? Were they even the correct answer back then? THE REALITY “According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), if […]

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When Is a Headache Cause for Concern? We Asked 98point6 Physician Jud Heugel, MD

While fairly common, headaches can still be a real pain—especially when they’re long-lasting or recurring. Dr. Heugel answers patients’ most frequently asked questions, including which “red flag” symptoms are worth a consultation with a physician. Q: Why am I getting so many headaches?  Dr. Heugel says: Most headaches are caused by simple lifestyle factors like […]

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Wildfire Season: We’re Here for You

If wildfires become a concern for you or someone you care about, 98point6 physicians are available 24/7, on-demand and nationwide with medical guidance and support. 98point6 is not intended for emergencies. WHY FIRES ARE A CONCERN  Thanks to warmer, drier climate conditions across the globe, “wildfire season,” which traditionally peaks in August and September, is […]

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98point6 physician Leslie Hsiung, MD shares the top things that scare patients—and why you shouldn’t get spooked

MAMMOGRAM Defined: A breast cancer screening recommended for women after a certain age and/or depending on family history. Since guidelines differ, talk to your doctor about what’s best for you. Why it seems scary: For a “non-invasive” test, it’s pretty…personal. And the thought of compressing breast tissue between two plates sounds more than a little […]

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Fall Medicine Cabinet Must-Haves, According to 98point6 Physician Helen Gray, MD

As we head into a new season of health conditions and concerns, use this checklist to ensure your medicine cabinet is ready to keep up—and see how 98point6 can help. BASICS  Acetaminophen, pain and fever reducer Ibuprofen, anti-inflammatory; pain and fever reducer Diphenhydramine/antihistamine, allergy relief Fluticasone nasal, allergy sinus relief Hydrocortisone 1%, reduces swelling, itching […]

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What Doctors Want You to Know About Supplements

Your workout buddy’s taking turmeric for joint pain. Your co-worker says start taking folic acid ASAP if you’re thinking about having a baby. Your friend swears those collagen powders are working wonders for her complexion. It all sounds so proactively healthy!  But before you start stocking up on supplements, how much do you really know […]

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OPERATION HYDRATION: What you need to know about drinking up this summer

We’re all aware that drinking plenty of water is essential, especially in the summer. But how much exactly? When is too much a problem? And how clean is that reusable water bottle…if you haven’t washed it with actual soap and water in days? We asked 98point6’s own Jennifer Rossi, MD, who regularly volunteers as medical […]

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How to: Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

Use this spring cleaning checklist to get your medicine cabinet in working order.

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Seasonal Allergies Healthch@t

Avoiding seasonal triggers isn’t as easy as say, staying away from cashews if you have a nut allergy (you can’t exactly stop Mother Nature from “decorating” your car with pollen). But you can take steps to manage your symptoms in order to make the most of your time outdoors. We asked 98point6 physician Jennifer Rossi, […]

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Your Annual Checkup Checklist

There are a variety of other topics you should consider discussing with your primary care physician.

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The Good, the Bad and the Tired: Why Sleep Quality Counts

You’re turning in early. You’re getting a solid eight hours. You’re even sleeping in to score some extra Zzzzzs on the weekends. So why are you waking up feeling sluggish, moody and less-than-refreshed? Because when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sleep quality is as important as quantity. Start by asking yourself the following […]

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Listen to Your Heart: How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease

Which risk factors affect you directly? What steps should you take? How concerned should you be?

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Trigger me this, winter: Why asthma flares up when temps drop down

It’s wintertime…and for 24.6 million Americans suffering from asthma, the breathing isn’t easy. If you deal with this chronic condition, you already know that every season brings its own set of unique triggers—and they aren’t all created equal. In other words, what irritates one asthmatic may not affect others. What makes winter particularly challenging is […]

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The Winter Health Forecast Says Colds and Flu…So What Can You Do?

It’s that wonderful time of year again when the leaves fall and the temperature drops. Whether you’re enjoying outdoor activities or staying warm by the fireplace, with weather changes there’s likely to be some impact on your health. That’s why we’ve put together this helpful cold and flu guide—so you can stay one step ahead of symptoms […]

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Fighting flu season: Get (more) facts

Besides skiing, your favorite puffy jacket and hot cider, winter brings something much less welcome—flu season. To arm you for the remaining weeks of winter and the flu, we’ve pulled together this second series of myths vs. facts to help you ward off the flu. Understanding flu shots Some special cases around flu shots Final […]

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Your Thyroid: The Common Culprit

Mindy was thrilled when she started losing weight despite a hearty appetite. But now her hair is thinning and her hands feel jittery—something isn’t right. It was easy for Paul to blame his depression, low libido and constant chill on the winter season—until spring came and his symptoms continued. Jeanine hasn’t been the same since […]

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Myth vs. fact roundup one: Flu edition

In addition to the holidays, a chance of snow and lots of hot chocolate, winter brings something much less welcome—flu season. To arm you for flu season, we’ve pulled together a series of myths and facts with the best possible information to keep you healthy. Because nobody wants to use their PTO for being sick. […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder: It’s not just the winter blues

It’s that time of year again—the time when temperatures drop and colder weather creeps in. Depending on where you live, you may even be feeling a freezing polar vortex or a snowy atmospheric river. Whatever the case, one thing is for sure: The longer, sunnier days of summer are suddenly shorter and darker. For some […]

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Brrring on the cold: What you need to know when the mercury drops

The temperature is dropping and the mountains are filling with snow. Love it or hate it, cold weather is here—and with it, can come some cause for concern. That doesn’t mean stay in and stay warm, it just means be aware of cold-weather risks (like hypothermia, frostbite and Raynaud’s disease), and be informed about prevention and […]

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The masters of medicine: Meet some members of our Medical Advisory Board

We like to periodically share some glimpses behind the scenes about what we’re building here—and how we’re building it. Today, we’d like to introduce you to some of the members of our Medical Advisory Board. Our 18 board members are at the peak of their diverse specialties, from global health to sports medicine. They live, […]

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What labs say about you (and how 98point6 can help)

Thirstier than usual lately? Feeling dizzy or tired? Worried you picked up a parasite on your last vacation? It seems like a consultation with the doctor is definitely in your future, but an accurate diagnosis may require a bit more (and it might even pinch, but just a little). “Laboratory tests offer a critical window […]

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Which type of flu is bugging you?

One day your stomach turns queasy and before you know it, you feel awful. You’re nauseated, a little feverish and you can’t seem to escape the bathroom—and all these symptoms leave you feeling tired, thirsty and just plain terrible. You sleep for hours. “I’ve got the flu,” you moan to a friend, “the worst case […]

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98point6 raises $19.5 million in Series B funding and introduces Continuity Care

As we continue our journey of bringing top-quality primary care to your fingertips, we’d like to pause and reflect on the past week. If you hadn’t seen the news yet, we closed a $19.5 million Series B fundraise, bringing our total funding to $35 million. We are ecstatic to have the backing of an incredible […]

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A brief timeline of remote care: paving the way for convenient and affordable healthcare

The way we’re receiving medical care is changing. Did you know that over 7 million people choose to meet with physicians virtually instead of in-person? There is an increasing need from consumers to create more convenient and affordable medical services. We put together a timeline to take you on a brief journey from the first […]

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Thank you to our summer interns!

We were incredibly fortunate to welcome fourteen interns into our 98point6 family this summer. Our interns were a great addition to their respective teams and our organization as a whole.  We took them aside to learn a bit more about them and some of their favorite moments at 98point6 as a final farewell!  Clinical Team: […]

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Have a sunny attitude toward sunscreen

Today’s rain brought an end to  a 39-day dry streak in Seattle. This uncharacteristically sunny weather, and the fact that it is UV Awareness Month, provides a good time to remind us of what our parents, doctors and dermatologists nag us to do—cover up, put on sunglasses and wear sunscreen. Almost all of us (myself […]

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Making the most of summer farmers markets

Summers in Seattle are jam packed with farmers markets. I love both cooking and fresh veggies, so strolling through these markets is always an enjoyable experience. Last week, I headed to the Columbia City market in South Seattle to pick up some produce for dinner and learn a bit about some of the vendors along […]

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Bending Over Backwards to Find a Good Yoga App? Look No Further.

Searching “yoga” in the App Store or Google Play returns hundreds of results, turning what should be a relaxing workout into a stressful decision-making experience. That’s why we’ve removed some of the guesswork for you and tested three of the most popular apps. Read on to skip the stress and get right to Namaste! Gaiam […]

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Grill season is here. Are you prepared for a carefree cookout?

Everyone knows food tastes better outside, no question! But is it always safe? Not so much. Food poisoning spikes in the summer for a number of reasons, including ideal outdoor temperatures for bacterial growth. Burns are easy to come by if you’re not thinking about grill safety. By following a few simple practices, you can […]

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Getting back on track with healthy habits when it seems life is derailing you

Life happens. It’s inevitable. And one of the hardest things to do is maintain a healthy routine when life seems to derail you. Perhaps you were keeping up a steady exercise routine, eating well or cutting back on alcohol. Then you got an injury, hit a major work deadline or winter hit — you get […]

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A light lesson on color blindness

Have you ever stopped to think about how your brain processes color? There’s much more to it than meets the eye. The way our brains perceive colors and imagery is one of the wonders of our existence, and it begins in the tissue of the eyeball called the retina. The images we process are essentially […]

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What is a deductible anyway?

When it comes time to pay your health care bills do you sometimes feel confused or overwhelmed by all the different fees and plan types? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Do you understand the difference between a co-pay versus co-insurance for health care services provided? Are you familiar with deductibles and how they […]

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What is 98point6? On-demand primary care when you need it.

You’ve spent too long looking for a doctor who takes your insurance only to find out the next available appointment isn’t for two months. You leave work early and drive an hour across town to your second-choice doctor, only to spend another 45 minutes in a waiting room. Does this sound painfully familiar? Our company […]

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Want to stop and smell the roses without sneezing?

For many seasonal allergy sufferers, the pleasure of winter ending is definitely mixed — when the weather warms up, pollen and hay fever is sure to follow. Swapping out snow and rain for itchy eyes, runny noses, sinus pressure and poor sleep is certainly no walk in the park. It doesn’t take a genius to […]

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