Author Archives: Nathan Sheon, Intern, Real World Health Care

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A Tale of Two Liver Transplants: Altruistic Compassion for a Compassionate Altruist

Editor’s Note: Real World Healthcare will be taking a brief hiatus during the month of August. During this time, we’d like to share with you some of the compelling stories we’ve published about patients facing both medical and financial hardships.   “Talk about your life changing in an instant,” Helen said, … (read full article)

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A Tale of Two Liver Transplants: Altruistic Compassion for a Compassionate Altruist

“Talk about your life changing in an instant,” Helen said, remembering her first diagnosis of acute liver failure. The doctor told her family there was nothing more to be done, and she was given two weeks to live. Helen Bozzo had spent most of her time being a mother. Her … (read full article)

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Patient of the Month: The Most Beautiful Sunrise – One Grandmother’s Story of Survival

Working 10 hour shifts as a registered nurse in North Liberty, Iowa, Lois Ludvigson did not think much about feeling tired. All of that changed one December morning in 1998, which Lois remembers had – as she put it – the most beautiful sunrise. The rest of the day was … (read full article)

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New App Makes Diabetes Care Delivery a Whole New Ballgame

A father brings his son to a baseball game. The day is nice, the weather is good, but there’s one problem: the boy has Type 1 diabetes, and they forgot his test strips. Do they leave the game for home or a pharmacy? Do they wing it, risking the boy’s … (read full article)

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Patient of the Month Revisited: Sharon Harris Survives Lupus and Pays It Forward

Real World Health Care is on its summer break. During this time, we will be revisiting some of our Patients of the Month. Please enjoy these inspiring stories from the patients we serve. Sharon Harris remembers February of 2002. She remembers where she was, what she was wearing, and what … (read full article)

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Patient of the Month Revisited: Alex Defio Shares His Story for Men’s Health/Cancer Awareness Month

Real World Health Care is on its summer break. During this time, we will be revisiting some of our Patients of the Month. Please enjoy these inspiring stories from the patients we serve. Alex Defio did not feel sick on the day he was told he was going to die. … (read full article)

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Patient of the Month Revisited: Charles Fazio’s recovery from heart bypass surgery, kidney failure, and financial crisis

Real World Health Care is on its summer break. During this time, we will be revisiting some of our Patients of the Month. Please enjoy these inspiring stories from the patients we serve. Charles Fazio wasn’t sure how he could survive another health crisis. Just three years after his four-way … (read full article)

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When Laughter Is the Best Medicine

More than three million times each year, a child is hospitalized. Some of these are planned surgeries or treatments for a chronic illness, others immediate and sudden injuries. Regardless of the nature of their stays in the hospital, common among all of these children and their families is fear, anxiety, … (read full article)

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UV Safety Month: Shedding Light on Melanoma Treatment and Prevention

In 2014, an approximate 77,000 Americans will be diagnosed with melanoma, culminating in nearly 10,000 deaths. Every eight minutes, an American is diagnosed with melanoma, and every hour, an American dies from it. Despite accounting for only four percent of all skin cancer cases, melanoma results in 80 percent of … (read full article)

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Health Benefits of Letting Your Employees Sleep Until Noon

How does an extra hour of sleep sound to you? How about not having to commute to work every day? Flexibility in the workplace is becoming an increasingly popular perk in business, with 45% of Millennials preferring flexible work hours over higher pay. The correlation between workplace flexibility and productivity, … (read full article)

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