Coming to Understand Pneumonia

Pneumonia, caused by a virus, fungi or bacteria, is a lung infection that is easily spread from person to person with a simple sneeze, touch or a cough. Individuals who do not realize that they are already carrying the start of this illness can still spread it to others. While many are able to recover completely from pneumonia symptoms that last from 1 – 3 weeks, the infection can be fatal to the elderly, ... Read more

5 Ways to Stay Healthy While Working in Healthcare

It can be ironic when healthcare providers work so hard to improve the well-being of others while disregarding their own. Working in the medical field wears out your body and mind, making it ever more important to take care of yourself. Get started with these five ways to stay healthy on the job.... Read more

Facts About Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by chronic inflammation of the joints. Commonly affected joints are found in the wrists, hands, and knees. It is an autoimmune disorder, meaning rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking its own body’s tissues resulting in painful swelling. ... Read more

Key Information About the Flu

Getting sick is never fun, especially when it’s the flu. The flu is a respiratory illness that occurs when influenza viruses infect the upper respiratory tract (nose and throat) and the lower respiratory tract (lungs). It is a contagious illness that can be mild, moderate, severe, or fatal. ... Read more

Strategies For Controlling Diabetes Among Low-Income Patients

There is a diabetes crisis in America and around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 29.1 million people have type 2 diabetes, and another 86 million exhibit signs of prediabetes. There is no sign of these numbers reducing, and it is estimated that one in three people will end up with diabetes at some point in their lifetime. ... Read more

Blood Thinners: Should I prescribe Xarelto or Warfarin?

Anticoagulants, commonly known as blood thinners, are drugs that are prescribed to prevent blood clots. Many doctors choose to prescribe either Xarelto or Warfarin to patients who are at risk of blood clotting. These two drugs both have advantages and disadvantages including costs, risks, and side effects. ... Read more

New Rules Should Keep Some Patients on Affordable and Effective Medications

Perhaps the situations that follow sound familiar to you. In fact, they most likely do. You have patients who meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • They struggle to afford their medications.
  • They signed up with a particular insurer for the medication coverage.
  • They have conditions that make specific medications necessary.
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Immunotherapy in Lung Cancer Treatment

Finding the cure for cancer has long been a priority in healthcare studies. Lung cancer is one of the most fatal forms of cancer, accounting for more annual deaths than the combined number of colon, prostate and breast cancer deaths. This makes it one of the most important to find successful treatment options. One promising area of lung cancer research is immunotherapy. ... Read more

3 Examples of Medication Reconciliation Best Practices

Every doctor’s office, hospital and medical facility knows, or should know, the importance of medication reconciliation in preventing adverse drug events. There is a lot that has been said and that continues to be said about the issue, but a lot of it lacks actionable advice. To that end, here are three best practices that could benefit your office.... Read more

Medication Compliance

Elderly patients often have several medications to keep up with and take. Unfortunately, this patient group is well-known for often not taking their prescriptions for a variety of reasons. Doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and others similarly employed in the healthcare industry should take steps to do their part to make sure their elderly patients take ... Read more