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Are Pupils the Answer to Pain Evaluation?

2019-10-08T09:39:01-04:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: eNews, Physical Health|Tags: |

Some researchers are exploring a new method for measuring pain that involves studying the pupils of a patient. After observing an involuntary response in pupils as a result of pain or medication, a device was developed that "measures a patient’s pupillary response and, using proprietary algorithms, provides a diagnostic measurement of pain intensity, pain type and, after treatment is administered, monitors efficacy." The traditional method for measuring pain involves a 0 to 10 scale that is subjective and self-reported. This approach increases the chances for misdiagnosis, over-treatment or under-treatment since it is not objectively measured. Benefits for this new approach include [...]

Medicare Plan Finder Gets an Upgrade for the First Time in a Decade

2019-10-04T10:54:52-04:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Costs for Treatment, eNews|

It’s Now Easier to Compare Coverage Options and Shop for Medicare Health and Drug Plans For the first time in a decade, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a modernized and redesigned Medicare Plan Finder. The Medicare Plan Finder, the most used tool on Medicare.gov, allows users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. There are more than 60 million people with Medicare coverage. The updated Medicare Plan Finder also provides them and their caregivers with a personalized experience through a mobile friendly and easy-to-read design that will help them learn about different options and [...]

Resources for People with Diabetes and Kidney Disease

2019-10-03T17:33:21-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Additional Resources, eNews, Nutrition, Physical Health, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: |

If you missed last week's webinar on diabetes and kidney disease, the recording is now available. In addition, below is a handout to accompany the presentation. Herbs Some of these articles provide information about what some people have tried, but the overall research is not necessarily strong. Some of these could be an option for you, but remember: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE USING ANY ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS.  Herbs for Diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/herbs-for-diabetes/ Bitter Melon, Diabetes (one of the speaker's favorites): https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/bitter-melon-diabetes/ Apple Cider Vinegar and Diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/apple-cider-vinegar-and-diabetes/ Six Supplements for Diabetes:  https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/six-supplements-for-diabetes/ Kidney Diet Diabetes Diet [...]

Elevate the Patient Voice in ADPKD Research

2019-10-03T16:58:09-04:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: eNews, What Causes Kidney Disease|

A patient registry is available for people with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). The registry is a way to empower patients within a research community while providing information about the impact of ADPKD on the lives of those affected. Participants will be asked to provide information about their diagnosis, symptoms, family history and more. Researchers will connect registry volunteers with studies and clinical trials they may be eligible to participate in. The hope is that registry participation will contribute towards the goal of curing ADPKD. Read more about participating. About ADPKD ADPKD is a genetic disorder—affecting approximately 400,000 people in [...]

Fight Kidney Disease by Combatting Childhood Obesity

2019-09-10T15:36:17-04:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: eNews, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Physical Health|

One in 5 children in the United States have obesity. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In fact, childhood obesity leads to an increased risk of kidney disease—a condition that affects over 30 million Americans. The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented. In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, DPC encourages your family to make healthy changes together. Get active outside! Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park. Limit screen time. [...]

Short Course on Sepsis and Kidney Disease

2019-09-10T15:47:29-04:00September 3rd, 2019|Categories: eNews, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: |

Do you know that anyone, including people with kidney disease, can get sepsis? Do you know what sepsis is and what its symptoms are? If you or a loved one gets sepsis. It is very important to get treatment immediately for this devastating and life-threatening condition. September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and we have a short online course that will get you up-to-speed in case this happens to you or someone you know. During this program, you will learn: What sepsis is What the early warning signs of sepsis are What people with kidney disease need to know about sepsis What [...]

8 Things About Living with A Chronic Disease That Others May Not Understand

2019-09-10T15:49:13-04:00August 27th, 2019|Categories: eNews, Lifestyle, Mental Health, Physical Health, Stress Management|

"If you see us 'enjoying' ourselves, it doesn’t mean we aren’t sick." This is one of a handful of ideas shared by a woman who has lived with a chronic illness for the past 12 years. She decided to create a blog to share her experience and spread awareness about others that may be going through something similar. If there are friends or family in your life that are having trouble relating to what you are going through, it may be helpful to share this article with them. Or perhaps it will inspire you to put your thoughts on paper and [...]

Diabetes and Kidney Disease: Can You Get Better?

2019-08-28T11:52:02-04:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, Early Intervention, eNews, Webinar, What Causes Kidney Disease|Tags: |

During this webinar you will learn: 1) How Diabetes Affects Your Kidneys, 2) How Controlling Diabetes Improves Health and Well Being and 3) Three Proven Strategies for Controlling or Reversing Diabetes. David Spero has been a nurse for 40 years, has lived with a chronic illness for 30 years, writes regularly for Diabetes Self-Management magazine and web site and for other health publications. He is author of The Art of Getting Well: Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness (Hunter House 2003), and Diabetes: Sugar Coated Crisis – Who gets it, who profits, and how to stop it (New Society [...]

The Gap Between US Veterans and Kidney Doctors

2019-08-13T15:15:35-04:00August 13th, 2019|Categories: Diagnosis of Kidney Disease, Early Intervention, eNews, Stages of Kidney Disease|

Less than 60 percent of US Veterans with advanced stages of kidney disease (eGFR <30) receive care from a nephrologist. This is important as kidney disease is 34 percent higher among veterans than the general population. In addition, seeing a nephrologist could delay the progression of the disease and prevent other health issues from emerging. The percentage of veterans that work with a nephrologist varies by age, with patients over 69 being least likely. The data suggests that additional efforts need to be made to ensure veterans with kidney disease are getting the care they need. Read the full article. Understand [...]