Category: General

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Dementia: When the “Filter” Goes

  “as dementia slowly robs self-awareness, the person becomes less inhibited, losing both the memory of how he or she once behaved as well as a sense of social norms. It’s as if an internal filter on what’s polite behavior or not is turned off.”     Recently, social media was abuzz following a recent...

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Medicaid Work Requirement Waivers

Today, one of the hottest political topics across the country is the impending “Medicaid work requirement.” Reversing an action from 2012 by former President Barack Obama, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued on a Jan 11 letter to state medicaid directors that provides new guidance for waivers that would impose work requirements as...

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Beginner’s Guide to Medical Marijuana

Depending on whom you talk to, medical marijuana (also known as cannabis) is either a panacea for everything from cancer, to chronic pain, to epilepsy or it’s a dangerous and illegal drug with no place in medicine. In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, making the Golden State the first in the union to allow...

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Understanding Parkinson’s

Recently, Civil Rights Leader, 76-year old Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. revealed that he has Parkinson’s Disease. Rev. Jackson said that this all came about after family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago, and he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties. Rarely do...

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How Drugs Work in the Body

    According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than half of all insured Americans are taking prescription medicines regularly for chronic health problems. 51 percent of American children and adults were taking one or more prescription drugs for a chronic condition, up from 50 percent the previous four years and 47 percent...

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Can you take expired medications?

Is expired medication effective and safe to take? Do drugs really stop working after the date stamped on the bottle?    Drug manufacturers are required to stamp an expiration date on their products. If your medicine has a use by or use before date instead of an expiry date, this usually means that you shouldn’t...

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Be an Intelligent Patient

As health-reform continues to take effect over the next several years (in one way or the other), millions of newly insured Americans will gain access to a regular doctor. They will soon learn what others already know: Getting the best care from your doctor requires navigating a complex relationship within the precious few minutes during...

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Holy Smoke! The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

  Are you wondering why you’re still smoking cigarettes? Unless you enjoy the taste of more than 7,000 harmful chemicals entering your body with each puff. And of those 7,000 chemicals, 69 of them are known to be cancer-causing (carcinogenic). But let’s be honest, you probably already knew that after being exposed to No Smoking...

Inequities in Funding and Research on Sickle Cell Disease
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Inequities in Funding and Research on Sickle Cell Disease

  Remember a few years year ago when your friends were pouring buckets of ice-cold water over the heads in the name of science? In total, a whopping $220 million was raised from the challenge. help anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 people in US who reportedly live with ALS, But did you know that sickle...

Health matters more than Insurance
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Health matters more than Insurance

“I was in Newark and Harlem just this week. And I walked into the homes of welfare mothers. I saw them in conditions—no, not with wall-to-wall carpet, but wall-to-wall rats and roaches. . . . [One mother] pointed out the walls with all the ceiling falling through. She showed me the holes where the rats...