Kathryn Teng, MD

Kathryn Teng, MD, is Director of the Center for Personalized Healthcare and leads Cleveland Clinic’s efforts to integrate personalized healthcare into standard practice.

Quiz: Test Your Common Sense About the Common Cold

The average American adult will catch two to three colds this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There’s a reason we call it the “common cold.” Aside from the need to wash your hands — which really is your No. 1 prevention tip — how much do you know about this sneeze- … Read More

4 Things You Need to Know About Antibiotics

Cold weather brings a rise in upper respiratory infections — sneezing, coughing and stuffy heads. These symptoms and others bring a common request from patients: Can I get antibiotics? The answer is not always “yes.” Being sick is unpleasant to say the least, so it’s no wonder people seek fast relief in pill form. But … Read More

Bad Sleep? 5 Questions You Should Discuss With Your Doctor

At the end of a long, hard day, you want to crawl into your cozy bed for a good night’s sleep — just what you need to recharge for tomorrow. But what happens when that cozy bed turns into a place of anxiety and restlessness? We all get a bad night’s sleep every now and … Read More

How to Have ‘The Talk’ About Sex With Your Aging Parents

Do you remember sitting awkwardly as your mom or dad told you about sex? For many, this conversation — though uncomfortable — was a rite of passage. Now imagine switching roles. Your dad or mom is single and sexually active late in life, and it’s time for you to talk about sexual responsibility and protection. … Read More

6 Myths About Vaccines — and the Truths Behind Them

As a primary care physician, I get a lot of questions about vaccines. As important as vaccines have been in medicine — from virtually eradicating certain diseases to boosting our yearly immunity from the flu — people still have a lot of misconceptions about them. Below, I’ve set out to clear up the biggest ones … Read More

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

Ashamed. Embarrassed. Afraid. All too often, these emotions stop people from sharing their mental health concerns with a doctor. But living a full, productive life depends on more than just what you think of as “physical” health. Mental health matters just as much. Unfortunately, mental illness still comes with stigma in our society. As a … Read More

Got Stress? How You Can Start Dealing With It Now

Stress. We all have it. Daily life — getting to work on time, shuttling kids to and from after-school activities, dealing with a lack of sleep — can trigger it. So can traumatic events. The question: How do you deal with it? Start by tackling the basics, and seek medical advice when you need it. … Read More

Why Smart Health Decisions Require Your Input

You make important life decisions using the best information available. When you search for a job, you ask, “Is this a good fit for me?” You shop around for the house that best suits your needs. You read reviews and consumer research when buying a car. So when you make the most important decisions of … Read More

3 Ways to Save Lives and Cut Healthcare Costs

You know the cost of healthcare in the United States is high, but the statistics are truly staggering. Healthcare costs make up almost one-fourth of the federal budget. They also account for 18 percent of America’s gross domestic product. That’s why our country is shifting to value-based care. If value-based care sounds like a buzzword … Read More