Patient Education and Preparation Is Key for Screening of Leading Cause of Cancer

Female medicine doctor hand give prescription to patientResearch published in the American Journal of Medicine reveals educational programs can improve pre-procedural preparation quality and may reduce repeat procedures for patients undergoing colonoscopies.

The third most common cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States is colorectal cancer. Colonoscopies are the primary tool for colorectal cancer screening. Nearly 25 percent of colonoscopies performed are inadequately prepared for, which leads to an increased likelihood for a repeat screening. Ensuring patients have the right information at the right time can lead to improved outcomes.

Are you considering an upcoming medical test or procedure? Members of major medical health benefit plans administered by Starmark® with an effective date of Dec. 1, 2016, or later, have access to Healthcare Bluebook™, an online cost and quality transparency tool. Members can access Healthcare Bluebook by registering and logging into > Health and Wellness > Healthcare Bluebook.

Healthcare Bluebook is not an affiliate of Starmark or Trustmark® Life Insurance Company.


Patient Education Improved Colonoscopy Preparation and May Reduce Need for Repeat Screenings. Business Wire. 3.7.17.

Online Educational Video Improves Bowel Preparation and Reduces the Need for Repeat Colonoscopy Within Three Years. American Journal of Medicine.


December 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Migraine Triggers and Symptoms

MigraineMore than 37 million Americans, ages 15 to 55, suffer from migraines, according to the National Headache Foundation.

Migraines are three times more common in women than men, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Most migraine sufferers – 70 to 80 percent, have a family history of migraines, according to the National Headache Foundation.

Researchers believe migraines may be inherited and related to genes that control activity of some brain cells. Migraine pain occurs when excited brain cells trigger the trigeminal nerve, to release chemicals that irritate and cause blood vessels on the surface of the brain to swell. Pain is typically felt around the eyes or temples and can also occur in the face, sinus, jaw and neck area.

The following factors can trigger migraine attacks:

  • Alteration of the sleep-wake cycle
  • Missing or delaying a meal
  • Medication that causes swelling of blood vessels
  • Daily or near daily use of medications designed to relieve headaches
  • Bright lights, sunlight, fluorescent lights, TV and movie viewing
  • Certain foods
  • Excessive noise


Warning signs such as blurred vision, tingling in the arms or face, difficulty speaking or loss of peripheral vision can happen minutes or hours before a migraine occurs.

Pain, nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound and other symptoms can last hours or days, according to the Mayo Clinic. And, the most common time for migraine pain to occur is 6 a.m., according to the American Migraine Foundation.

Getting a Second Opinion

If you are considering a second medical opinion, click here to learn about Grand Rounds. Members of major medical employer-sponsored, self-funded health benefit plans administered by Starmark® have access to Grand Rounds®, which provides medical second opinions from expert physicians specializing in the area of need. It is available for no additional cost to members and doesn’t require travel. For more information, visit

Grand Rounds is not an affiliate of Starmark or Trustmark® Life Insurance Company.

Source: LiveScience. Migraines: Causes, Symptoms & Relief. Alina Bradford. 2/12/16.

December 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Are You Prepared for Cold and Flu Season?

Cold and Flu Season Street Sign

Take precautions to avoid getting sick this cold and flu season.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Clean surfaces with a germ-killing disinfectant
  • Get your annual flu vaccine
  • Antiviral medications may help prevent contracting the flu if you have been exposed

View this flyer for symptoms of the cold and flu.

If you do get sick, you have 24/7/365 access to a U.S. board-certified Teladoc® doctor.* Visit their website at or call 1.800.Teladoc (835.2362).

*Teladoc is not an affiliate of Starmark® or Trustmark Life Insurance Company. The consult fee is the lesser of $45 or the office visit copay, if selected. The consult fee is subject to change during the plan year. When requesting a consultation, members should use their Starmark® medical ID number (found on their medical ID card) and reference Starmark (Trustmark) when prompted by Teledoc for their insurance provider.

December 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm Leave a comment

Safe Food Storage

Woman near full fridgeFollowing these guidelines at home for refrigerated foods can help prevent illness caused from food spoiling.

  • Salads – Refrigerate no more than 3 to 5 days (Not recommended for freezing)
    • Egg, chicken, ham, tuna and macaroni
  • Hot dogs – Refrigerate no more than 1 week opened package; 2 weeks unopened package
    • Freeze for up to 1 to 2 months
  • Lunch meat – Refrigerate no more than 3 to 5 days opened packaged or deli sliced; 2 weeks unopened package
    • Freeze for up to 1 or 2 months
  • Bacon – Refrigerate no more than 7 days
    • Freeze up to 1 month
  • Sausage from raw chicken, turkey, pork or beef – Refrigerate no more than 1 to 2 days
    • Freeze up to 1 to 2 months
  • Hamburger and other ground meats – Refrigerate no more than 1 to 2 days
    • Freeze up to 3 to 4 months
  • Fresh beef, veal, lamb and pork – Refrigerate 3 to 5 days
    • Freeze beef 6 to 12 months; pork 4 to 6 months; roasts 4 to 12 months
  • Fresh poultry: Chicken or turkey whole or pieces – Refrigerate 1 to 2 days
    • Freeze whole chicken up to 1 year and pieces up to 9 months
  • Soups and stews vegetable or with meat – Refrigerate up to 3 to 4 days
    • Freeze 2 to 3 months
  • Pizza – Refrigerate 3 to 4 days
    • Freeze 1 to 2 months

View a chart for safe storage times for eggs.


December 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Tips to Keep Food Safe

preparing meat

These four steps can help prevent you and your family from food poisoning.

  • Clean – Wash hands and surfaces often.
    • Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before, during and after food preparation and before eating.
    • Wash utensils, cutting boards and surfaces with hot, soapy water.
    • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running water.
  • Separate – Don’t cross-contaminate.
    • Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs, which can spread germs, away from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Cook – Heat food to the right temperature.
    • Food is safely cooked when the internal temperature gets high enough to kill germs that can make you sick. The only way to tell if it is cooked is with a thermometer. You can’t tell by looking at its color or texture.
      • View a chart of safe minimum cooking temperatures.
  • Chill – Refrigerate food promptly.
    • Keep your refrigerator below 40 degrees and know when to throw food away.
    • Refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours. If outdoor temperature is above 90 degrees, refrigerate within 1 hour.
    • Thaw frozen food safely in the refrigerator, cold water or the microwave. Never thaw on countertops because bacteria multiply quickly in the parts of the food that reaches room temperature.



December 15, 2017 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Get These Must-Have Apps

appManage your healthcare on the go with must-have apps and the mobile-friendly Starmark® website.

These apps are available for members of employer-sponsored, self-funded health benefit plans administered by Starmark:

  • Healthcare BluebookTM1
  • Teladoc®2
  • Grand Rounds®3
  • CVS/caremarkTM

Click here to learn more.

Healthcare Bluebook, Teladoc, Grand Rounds and CVS/caremark are not affiliates of Starmark or Trustmark® Life Insurance Company.

1Healthcare BlueBook is included with Starmark major medical plan designs with an effective date of 12/1/2016, or later. Plan provisions apply. Healthcare Bluebook is not available to Washington groups. 2The Teladoc consult fee is the lesser of $45 or the office visit copay, if selected. 3Grand Rounds is available to members of self-funded major medical plan designs administered by Starmark.

December 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm Leave a comment

Holiday Hours – Thanksgiving

Trustmark’s offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and Friday, November 24, 2017, in observance of Thanksgiving. Regular business hours will resume on Monday, November 27, 2017. Have a wonderful holiday!

November 22, 2017 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment

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