Category: Disease Management

high cost prescription drugs
Mar 13 2018

High Cost Prescription Drugs: The Right Choice for You?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

New, very expensive prescription drugs that treat a range of conditions from hepatitis C, leukemia, and cystic fibrosis to multiple sclerosis and rare inherited conditions like Wilson’s disease and hereditary angioedema have been one of the drivers of increasing health care costs in the U.S. These prescription drugs can cost from $54,000 to more than... Read More

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migraine
Feb 20 2018

How to get the care you need in the face of a mental healthcare provider shortage

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’ve tried to get an appointment with a mental healthcare provider and failed, you’re not alone. While the demand for the services of mental healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and counselors has grown significantly, the number of providers has decreased, making it increasingly difficult to get an appointment. There are several reasons for... Read More

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back pain
Feb 13 2018

Is your back pain being overtreated?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re one of the approximately 80% of Americans living with chronic back pain, you may be at risk of being over treated or undergoing more aggressive treatment too soon. Both in the U.S. and abroad, the guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of back pain start with more conservative approaches, including: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications... Read More

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sleep health
Dec 19 2017

Where and How to Find Reliable Health Information Online

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

It’s after midnight and your child has an odd rash and fever. Your doctor just told you that you may have an autoimmune disorder. You’re looking for options to help your parent facing cognitive issues. When you have health questions, you and millions of others turn to the Internet for answers. And while everyone consults... Read More

prostate cancer
Dec 12 2017

Prostate Cancer Update: New Treatment Options

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer in men, after skin cancer, with nearly 162,000 new cases of the disease projected to be diagnosed in 2017. Approximately one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, with about 6 in 10 cases being diagnosed in men age 66... Read More

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proton therapy
Nov 7 2017

Could Proton Therapy be an Option for Your Cancer?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Radiation is one of the three most commonly used treatments for cancer. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, about half of all cancer patients undergo radiation at some point during their treatment. One limit of radiation is that tumors are surrounded by normal, healthy tissues and organs that can be damaged by exposure... Read More

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living with dementia
Sep 26 2017

Hip or knee pain? Consider these non-surgical approaches to pain relief.

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

Hip and knee pain, two of the most common causes of chronic pain, can be caused by a wide range of conditions, from arthritis to injuries and pinched nerves. While there are a number of surgical approaches used to treat these types of joint pain, you may want to try non-surgical approaches before considering surgery.... Read More

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active surveillance
Aug 29 2017

What is active surveillance and could it be an option for your cancer?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

You’ve probably heard about radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy to treat cancer, but you may be less familiar with an approach called active surveillance. Active surveillance is most often used for men with slow growing forms of prostate cancer, but it may also be used for some cases of urethral cancer, intraocular melanoma (a type of... Read More

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mental health
Aug 22 2017

How you can support your college student’s mental health

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

The number of college students living with mental health issues has grown substantially in recent years. A report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State found that over a five-year period, data gathered from 139 U.S. colleges and universities showed a 30% increase in the use of on-campus counseling services compared to... Read More

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hip or knee replacement
Aug 8 2017

Considering hip or knee replacement? This checklist can help you decide

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re thinking about hip or knee replacement, you’re not alone. Statistics from a Mayo Clinic study found that in a 10 year period, the number of people who underwent hip replacement more than doubled to 300,000 people per year. This was an increase of 92% in people 75 and older and 205% in people... Read More

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