Category Archives: Chronic Disease

When Serious Illness Strikes – Four Things You Must Know

Four things you must know when serious illness strikes: Get Smart Fast. Get Organized. Stand Your Ground, Nicely. Always Follow Up. Read this article for detailed helpful hints. Continue reading

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Roadmap: Successful Medical Communication

Being diagnosed with a serious illness is a frightening experience. It is important that you research and educate yourself about your disease and learn to communicate with your medical team. An informed patient gets better results. Continue reading

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When Illness Strikes – What To Do First

Any serious diagnosis thrusts patients and their families into an unfamiliar world of doctors, tests and treatment options. Here are my suggestions as you begin the journey through illness. Continue reading

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Patient Navigators – Who We Are and What We Do

Patient advocacy, or patient navigation, is gaining attention as an emerging profession, both in the media and in the popular lexicon, because it fills so many gaps in the current American health care system. This is especially true today as we continue implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is changing the landscape for consumers in how health care is delivered and paid for in this country. Continue reading

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Tongue-piercings: who knew they could help you get around?

A magnetic tongue stud and a series of magnetic sensors attached to a retainer in the mouth may someday allow paralyzed patients to use their tongue to pilot a motorized wheelchair, according to scientists at Georgia Tech. Continue reading

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Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Study

A recent meta-analysis published in online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine has concluded that, “Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.” Continue reading

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Battling Through: How My Family Beat Cancer

When my wife was diagnosed with mesothelioma, I wasn’t sure how to react. Now I can only think of it as an emotional learning and caregiving experience. Continue reading

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Telemedicine via Skype

With healthcare costs skyrocketing, some physicians are getting creative to try to make care more affordable: they are seeing patients via Skype. Continue reading

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Becoming a Patient Navigator

Patient navigation and patient advocacy are dynamic and growing professions. This article explores the background and current landscape of patient navigation and advocacy. Continue reading

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How We Make Medical Decisions

The bewildering sensation of too much information, yet not enough knowledge to use it, is the reality for many people faced with a serious illness or condition. How do you decide what to do? Continue reading

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