Category: Disease Management

protect against medical errors
Mar 10 2015

The 6 keys to preventing dangerous medical errors

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

When you think about the top causes of death in the U.S., what likely springs to mind are diseases like cancer and heart disease and car accidents. While heart disease and cancer are the first and second leading causes of death, the third is actually preventable medical errors. But there are steps you can take... Read More

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Feb 19 2015

Could your GI problems be caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

One of the most difficult gastrointestinal conditions to diagnose accurately is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Although studies estimate that approximately 10 to 15 percent of adults are affected by IBS, only five to seven percent of the population has been diagnosed with the condition. So, what steps do you need to take to get an... Read More

Measles outbreak
Feb 10 2015

What you need to know about the U.S. measles outbreak

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

You’ve heard about the ongoing measles outbreak in the U.S. that has now spread to 14 states, but what you may not know is that more than 62 percent of the cases that have been confirmed in California, where the outbreak started, have been adults. How do you know if you’re protected against this highly... Read More

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Jan 15 2015

6 Questions to Ask Your Oncologist After a Cancer Diagnosis

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with cancer, you’re likely to have questions. To understand your diagnosis and treatment options, it’s helpful to sit down with your oncologist and get answers to these six questions before choosing what treatment approach to follow. Also, keep in mind that you should seek a... Read More

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Chemotherapy-induced hair loss
Dec 4 2014

Tips for managing hair loss during chemotherapy

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

While chemotherapy may be the most appropriate and effective treatment option for many breast cancer patients, like most treatments, it can cause side effects. Because chemotherapy drugs kill cells that quickly divide, which is how most tumor and cancer cells grow, they can also affect other healthy cells in the body that divide and grow... Read More

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Lyme disease
Oct 14 2014

Is there such a thing as chronic Lyme disease?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Every year, public health workers record about 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease in the U.S., and that figure may actually underestimate the number of true cases. Lyme disease is caused by an infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, a species of bacteria transmitted through tick bites. The early signs of the disease, which appear within three to 30... Read More

The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than 3 million for The ALS Association.
Sep 25 2014

What’s the Ice Bucket Challenge? Learn about ALS and new research into the disease

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you spent any time on social media this summer, you’ve probably seen videos of people taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Participants have included everyday people to celebrities ranging from Jennifer Lopez to Anna Wintour to a surprisingly classy contribution from Sir Patrick Stewart. While it’s entertaining to watch people dump buckets of ice water... Read More

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Certain breast cancer medications may put women ages 65 years and older at risk for heart problems.
Sep 12 2014

Undergoing breast cancer treatment? Protect your heart health

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Although chemotherapy is one of the most powerful, appropriate and effective approaches for treating breast cancer, new research shows that about 12 percent of patients older than 65 develop heart problems as an unintended side effect within three years of starting chemotherapy. Seeing a cardiologist is important, but only about one-third of breast cancer patients will... Read More

Different treatments for deep vein thrombosis in the legs come with both risks and benefits.
Aug 22 2014

Which therapy for blood clots in the legs is best suited for you?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Every year in the U.S., between 300,000 and 600,000 people are diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clots in their legs, which can be fatal. Although there are several treatments available, you may be unclear as to which one is best suited for you. Currently, doctors usually treat blood clots with one of... Read More

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Can you tell the difference between a summer allergy and a summer bout of the flu?
Aug 21 2014

Summer flu or allergies? What’s making you look and feel so sick?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

The summer is generally a time when people enjoy the outdoors, but some individuals may be taken by surprise when they start developing symptoms of allergies they never experienced before, particularly symptoms that go beyond the usual sneezing and stuffy noses. If you’re experiencing allergies for the first time, you may mistake them for another... Read More