Category Archives: Chronic Disease

The Doctor-Patient Relationship

In all cases, physicians and patients owe each other certain basic obligations. Here is our list for a better relationship. Continue reading

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Umbilical Cord Blood – Should You Pay to Save It?

Blood from your baby’s umbilical cord, when properly collected and preserved immediately after delivery, contains viable stem cells that can later transform into a variety of different cell types. But it’s not a panacea. Continue reading

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A paradigm-shifting impact on solid-organ transplantation?

In what is hailed as a potential game changer in transplantation science, a small preliminary study suggests that donor matching and organ rejection issues can potentially be addressed by transplanting stem cells from the organ donor to the recipient. Continue reading

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A Different 1% of the Population

According to an analysis by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, about 1% of the privately insured population drives about 25% of overall health costs. Continue reading

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Hearing Loss Help Is Often Out of Reach

Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss. Yet audiological services and hearing aids are rarely covered by insurance. Continue reading

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Health Literacy Spotlight

Only 12% of Americans have proficient health literacy skills, so the majority of adults may have difficulty completing routine health tasks like understanding discharge instructions or diabetes care. There is a strong, independent association between health literacy and health outcomes. Continue reading

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What’s On The Health Reform Horizon?

There are several important changes on the horizon this year as additional provisions of the health care law are implemented. Here are a few. Continue reading

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Pain Management – Why Doctors Don’t Get It

There are multiple problems with regard to pain management in the United States, including a puritanical history that has contempt for suffering and enormous misunderstanding about pain management and addiction.
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Navigator Notes – February Edition

Cancer costs vs. prevention, health care reform timetable and food science are the topics of this month’s newsletter. Continue reading

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When Women Should Seek a Second Opinion

Women, in particular, are sometimes reluctant to seek a second opinion. Learn how and when a second opinion can be life-saving. Continue reading

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