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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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Becoming a Patient Navigator – 2011 Update

Patient navigation and patient advocacy as a new and emerging profession is gaining attention because it fills so many gaps in the current American health care system. Learn more about training, job opportunities and the landscape of patient navigation. Continue reading

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When Lightning Strikes

I received the news last week – two more friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer.   I cried.  This is the fourth friend in less than two years that has been diagnosed with cancer – a diagnosis that is … Continue reading

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Navigator Notes January 2011

The January “Navigator Notes” newsletter discusses the new Patient Navigator site, clinical trials and food science. Continue reading

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Medicare Open Season – Check on Your Seniors

Medicare Open Season lasts until December 31. If you are involved with elderly parents or other seniors, now is a good time to review their Medicare coverage, in particular their Part D Drug Coverage Plans. Continue reading

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NAHAC Conference Brings Advocates Together

The National Association of Healthcare Advocacy Consultants (NAHAC) held its second annual “Vision and Voice” Conference from November 4-6 in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Navigator Newsletter—September-Edition

The September edition of Navigator News includes articles on:  Understanding Palliative Care; The Fine Print of your Insurance Policy; and Food Science Part 1.   We welcome your feedback! http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Navigator-Newsletter—September-Edition.html?soid=1103192011442&aid=C2KCCMiqSHU&share=fblike. Bookmark It

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Depression – One Size Does Not Fit All

We’ve all seen the endless television commercials in which sad and dejected people suddenly start looking happy after taking the particular pill being advertised. However, it’s just not that simple. Depression is a mood disorder that comes in different forms. Continue reading

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The Face of Pain

People with chronic, unrelenting pain are often told it is “all in their head” and that they should see a psychologist. Palliative care doctors can help. Continue reading

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Cyberchondria – Don’t Let This Happen to You!

“Cyberchondriacs” spend hours at the computer screen, typing in symptoms, or fears, wading through the results, both accurate and inaccurate, and convincing themselves they have a certain condition. Often, they will print out reams of documentation and present themselves to their doctors, having already diagnosed their “condition” and determined a course of treatment. Continue reading

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