Real World Health Care Blog

Tag Archives: health

Primary category:

With Great Health Comes Great Responsibility

Accountability. As children, we are taught that our actions have consequences and that we must be responsible for our own behaviors if we are to live as free and independent adults. This simple life lesson has been shaping the healthcare landscape for some time now as hospitals, individual clinicians and … (read full article)

Primary category:

Need a Doctor? There’s about a Hundred Apps for That

Remember when the only personal device people had to monitor their health was the trusty old bathroom scale, and maybe a blood pressure cuff they could use at their local pharmacy? What a difference a decade makes. An explosion of personal, wearable, or otherwise easily accessible devices and apps used … (read full article)

Primary category:

Tough Choices Await ACA Exchange Applicants

After more than two decades of being covered under employer-sponsored medical plans, my consultant husband and I (a freelance writer) are now in the position of having to purchase our own health coverage. We both have found the online Health Insurance Marketplace fairly easy to navigate. After entering our zip … (read full article)

Primary category:

Truth in Labeling: Your Vending Machine Is about to Guide Your Diet

Does menu labeling cause consumers to make healthier choices? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration thinks so. A few weeks ago, the FDA finalized two regulations that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandated in 2010.  The announcement issued on November 25, 2014 requires calorie information be listed on … (read full article)

Categories: General
Primary category:

A Proper Diagnosis Shouldn’t Require a Doctor Scavenger Hunt. Here Are Tips to Help Your Doctor Find an Answer

Have you or someone you know been passed from doctor to doctor without a resulting diagnosis? According to Tufts University School of Medicine, the prevalence of undiagnosed diseases is significant, even for common chronic diseases.  A disease as common as depression, which is estimated to effect two to four percent … (read full article)

Primary category:

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)

Primary category:

Inspiring Older Patients to Seek Online Communities: How the National Osteoporosis Foundation Engages Over 19,000 Middle-Aged and Senior Women and Men

By David Sheon   When it comes to talking about health, online communities are turning shades of gray. Websites hosting online patient communities, such as Inspire.com, are bringing seniors together on a common platform where they can learn about their condition from other patients in similar situations.  Inspire offers discussion … (read full article)

Primary category:

How New Apps and Technology Create a New Central Nervous System for MS Patients: A Look at the Current State of Online Disease Management

By Vanessa Merta, Science Blogger With over two million people suffering from multiple sclerosis and a cure for the debilitating autoimmune disease remaining illusive, patients are using new technologies to improve how they manage the disease. By leveraging web-based technologies and smart phones, patients have new weapons to improve their … (read full article)

Categories: General
Primary category:

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)

Categories: Access to Care, General
Primary category:

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)