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When Facing a Serious Diagnosis, 'AfterShock' App Can Help
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 18, 2014 | CFAH Staff
Receiving bad health news can spark great upheaval. It is a time when nothing seems certain and the future may look dark. Since its release this summer, the free AfterShock: Facing a Serious Diagnosis app has provided users with a basic roadmap through the first few days and weeks after a serious diagnosis, providing concise information and trusted resources to help regain a bit of control during this turbulent time. As one reviewer wrote, the AfterShock app is "a standard for empowered patients"...
Chronic Care Coordinators Improve Diabetes Monitoring But Not Blood Sugar Control
HBNS STORY | November 11, 2014
Getting support from a chronic care coordinator increases blood-glucose testing and foot and eye exams in people with type 2 diabetes, but it may not improve blood-sugar control, a new study in the journal Health Services Research indicates.
Poor-Quality Weight Loss Advice Often Appears First in an Online Search
HBNS STORY | November 13, 2014
More than 40 percent of U.S. Internet users use online search engines to seek guidance on weight loss and physical activity. A new study in the American Journal of Public Health finds that high-quality weight loss information often appears after the first page of search engine results.
Only Half of U.S. Adults Over 45 Are Screened for Diabetes
HBNS STORY | September 25, 2014
A new cross-sectional study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that only half of adults in the U.S. were screened for diabetes within the last three years, less than what is recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Few Overweight People with Diabetes Getting Recommended Physical Activity
HBNS STORY | September 9, 2014
Women and men with diabetes who are trying to lose weight are not meeting the recommended amounts of physical activity for weight loss, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion.
Facing a Serious Diagnosis? 'AfterShock' Now an App
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 31, 2014 | CFAH Staff
Receiving bad health news can spark great upheaval. It is a time when nothing is certain and the future looks dark. The new, free app 'AfterShock: Facing a Serious Diagnosis' offers a basic roadmap through the first few days and weeks, providing concise information and trusted resources to help you regain a bit of control during this turbulent time...
Inadequate Mental Health Care for Blacks with Depression and Diabetes, High Blood Pressure
HBNS STORY | July 24, 2014
A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry confirms that Blacks with depression plus another chronic medical condition, such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, do not receive adequate mental health treatment.
More Patient Education, Not Physician Training, Helps Control Diabetes
HBNS STORY | May 8, 2014
Teaching people with diabetes how to control their blood glucose levels, not their doctors, helps them achieve better results, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.
Weight Loss Efforts Start Well, but Lapse Over Time
HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014
Learning you have an obesity-related disease motivates many to start a weight loss program, but troubling health news is often not enough to sustain weight loss efforts, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
More Chronically Ill People Use Online Health Resources – but They're Not So Social, Pew Finds
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 13, 2014 | Jane Sarasohn Kahn
Getting and being sick changes everything in your life, and that includes how you manage your health. For people focused on so-called patient engagement, health empowerment, and social networking in health, the elephant in the room is that most people simply don't self-track health via digital means...
Minorities and Poor More Likely to Suffer from Restless Sleep and Chronic Diseases
HBNS STORY | December 17, 2013
The poor and minorities tend to suffer from poor sleep and chronic disease more often, but sleep does not appear to be a root cause of disease disparity, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.
For Many People with Diabetes, Lifestyle Changes Trump Medications
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 21, 2013 | Milly Dawson
Three key patient engagement themes emerged from this year's 'Diabetes + Innovation 2013' conference in Washington, D.C., organized by Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School...
Reducing Obesity: It Takes a Village
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 20, 2013 | Trudy Lieberman
During my recent visit to Canada, I had a chance to meet obesity expert and medical director of Canada's Bariatric Medicine Institute, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. What he had to say was somewhat surprising...
For People With Diabetes, Aggressive Blood Pressure Goals May Not Help
HBNS STORY | November 12, 2013
For people with diabetes and high blood pressure, keeping blood pressure levels lower than the standard recommended offered no benefits, finds a review in The Cochrane Library.
Latest Health Behavior News
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 11, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service
In this week's health news: Patient-doctor relationship affects diabetes care | Women in Appalachia at risk for late stage breast cancer | People with asthma need not fear exercise | Treating depression helps some smokers quit...
Trusting Their Doctor Helps People Manage Diabetes
HBNS STORY | September 26, 2013
Having trust in one’s physician has been correlated with better adherence to diabetes self-care, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior.
High Lifetime Costs for Type 2 Diabetes
HBNS STORY | August 8, 2013
A person with type 2 diabetes spends on average more than $85,000 treating the disease and its complications over their lifetime, according to a recent study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
It’s Medicare Versus Medical Supplier in Controlling Costs
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 25, 2013 | Trudy Lieberman
On July 1, Medicare begins a second round of competitive bidding for medical equipment and supplies, such as diabetes testing strips that beneficiaries use to check their blood sugar levels. There’s nothing remarkable about any of this except that the industry is fighting to make sure that competitive bidding does not happen...
Father Knows Best
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 14, 2013 | Red Maxwell
Unlike network television, life with diabetes can't be solved within reasonable time limits. It takes perseverance, patience and huge helpings of hope.
Diabetes: Computer Based Interventions Provide Limited Support
HBNS STORY | March 28, 2013
Self-management interventions delivered by computer and mobile phone currently provide limited benefits for people with diabetes, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.
Latest Health Behavior News
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 7, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service
Recent health behavior research news stories: Friendships Are Good for Our Health | Obesity Lowers Quality of Life in Boys | Health Centers Have High Satisfaction Rates | Diabetes + Depression Increases Risk of Death
Diabetes + Depression = Increased Risk of Death
HBNS STORY | February 13, 2013
People living with diabetes who also have untreated depression are at increased risk of death, according to a recent evidence review in General Hospital Psychiatry.
Finding Treatment Information
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions
Want to find out more about the treatments your doctors suggest? Here are some resources for doing your research and comparing your options.
Handling Treatment Side Effects
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment
Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.
Should I Get a Second Opinion?
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions
Different doctors can suggest different diagnoses or ways to treat your illness. Here’s how to decide whether you should get a second opinion.
Prepared Patient: Chronic Conditions: When Do You Call the Doctor?
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 24, 2012 | Health Behavior News Service
The signs are everywhere - prescriptions doled out into weekly reminder boxes, blood glucose monitors in a desk drawer, maybe even an adrenaline injection pen stashed in a diaper bag for allergy emergencies. From high cholesterol to HIV, millions of Americans have a medical condition that they manage mostly on their own.
Communicate With Your Doctors
PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors
You and your doctor need accurate information from each other. Open communication with your doctor is one of the most important factors in getting and staying healthy.
People with Multiple Chronic Illnesses Have Trouble Coordinating Care
HBNS STORY | March 29, 2012
Younger patients and those with several chronic illnesses are more likely to report difficulties with care coordination than older patients with just one chronic illness, finds a new study in Health Services Research.
Diabetes: 'Valuable Truths about Food and Consequences'
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 13, 2012 | Conversation Continues
From celebrity chefs, to health news journalists, to the National Institutes of Health people are talking about the increasing rate of diabetes, what causes it, and what to do about it.
Study Illuminates Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment
HBNS STORY | January 31, 2012
A new study finds that decreasing the disparities in rates of type 2 diabetes among Whites, Blacks and Hispanics could eliminate some racial and ethnic disparities in the development of cognitive impairment or dementia. Prior research has shown that type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for all forms of major cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study in Ethnicity & Disease.
Electronic Health Records Could Improve Care for Type 2 Diabetics
HBNS STORY | January 24, 2012
Use of electronic health records shows promise for improving care and outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes, but still has considerable room for improvement, according to a new study in the journal Health Services Research.
For Diabetics Not on Insulin, Self-Monitoring Blood Sugar Has No Benefit
HBNS STORY | January 19, 2012
For type 2 diabetics who are not on insulin, monitoring their blood sugar does little to control blood sugar levels over time and may not be worth the effort or expense, according to a new evidence review in The Cochrane Library.
1st Person: Small Steps: Adapting to New Technology for Better Health
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 12, 2012 | First Person
Joan Reder, a person with diabetes, spends her days working as a medical transcriptionist, so you might assume she'd be pretty comfortable with anything involving medicine. But recently, the 59 year-old was faced with the daunting prospect of converting from her familiar daily insulin injections to an insulin pump, which would continuously monitor her blood glucose and deliver insulin to her body when needed.
Ethnic Differences in Appointment Keeping Affect Health of Diabetes Patients
HBNS STORY | October 27, 2011
Ethnic differences in appointment keeping may be an important factor in poor health outcomes among some minority patients with diabetes, according to a new study.
Dieting Beats Exercise for Diabetes Prevention, Combination Is Best
HBNS STORY | August 30, 2011
A new study suggests that to prevent diabetes in postmenopausal women, dietary weight loss alone is effective while exercise alone is not effective, and both together are best of all.
Technical Difficulties: Houston, We Have a Problem'
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 25, 2011 | Patient Perspectives
Advances in health technology have meant that many illnesses now come with electronic devices used to detect, measure, or alleviate them. But, even the newest instrument can be problematic. Here, four patients share their tech-related stories.
With Diabetes, Untreated Depression Can Lead to Serious Eye Disease
HBNS STORY | July 28, 2011
Patients with diabetes who also suffer from depression are more likely to develop a serious complication known as diabetic retinopathy, a disease that damages the eye’s retina, a five-year study finds.
Accommodations for Chronic Conditions
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 25, 2011 | Patient Perspectives
In addition to managing the physical and mental symptoms that so often come along with an illness or impairment, those who are ill sometimes must also cope with discrimination. From food allergies to wheelchair accessibility ' here are patients' perspectives.
1st Person: You Can Do This
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 29, 2011 | First Person
With over 60 You Can Do This videos collected so far, diabetic Kim Vlasnik of Texting My Pancreas uses YouTube to encourage and support people with diabetes.
Taking Diabetes Medication Helps Lower Medical Costs, Slightly
HBNS STORY | March 18, 2011
A new study shows that diabetes patients who do a better job of taking their medication have slightly lower health care costs.
Staying a Step Ahead of Diabetes
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 10, 2011 | Patient Perspectives
This week's roundup features a collection of patient voices from around the web including: DiabetesMine's Amy Tenderich, D-Mom Leighann Calentine, and a perspective on shared decision making.
Dialysis Center Choice Makes Difference in Death Risk
HBNS STORY | December 9, 2010
A large study found that patients in certain large chain facilities are significantly more likely to die than those treated elsewhere. Mortality was also higher in for-profit than non-profit dialysis centers.
Conversation Continues: Living with Chronic Illness - Julian Seifter's Wise Guidance
PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 8, 2010 | CFAH Staff
Jim Sabin, MD, offers his take on Dr. Seifter's insights about living with a chronic illness.
Limiting Salt Lowers Blood Pressure and Health Risks in Diabetes
HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010
For patients living with diabetes, reducing the amount of salt in their daily diet is key to warding off serious threats to their health, a new review of studies finds.
Childhood, Teenage Abuse Raises Diabetes Risk in Women
HBNS STORY | November 9, 2010
A new study of nearly 70,000 women found a clear association between abuse in childhood and adolescence and the risk of type 2 diabetes in adult women.
South Asians in US at Higher Diabetes Risk Than Other Asian Immigrants
HBNS STORY | September 21, 2010
Team Approach to Foot Care Lowers Risk of Amputation in Diabetes
HBNS STORY | August 19, 2010
Large Gap in Diabetes, Obesity Screening Among U.S. Health Clinics
HBNS STORY | June 22, 2010
Dental Treatment Might Lower Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes
HBNS STORY | May 11, 2010
Teens With Diabetes Might Need Help in Transition to Adulthood
HBNS STORY | April 6, 2010
Insulin Pumps Might Have Slight Advantage Over Shots in Type 1 Diabetes
HBNS STORY | January 17, 2010