News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

Top Chronic Diseases Behind Payer Spending And How to Prevent Them

Chronic diseases are a source of high payer spending, but payers can implement preventive care strategies to lower their expenses and maintain positive patient outcomes.

Chronic Kidney Disease Prevalence Is Higher in Older Adults

Approximately 15% of adults in the United States have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Aging is associated with a decline in kidney function, as estimated by glomerular filtration rate (GFR), even in healthy individuals without CKD. Furthermore, declining kidney function with age occurs faster in people who smoke or have obesity, diabetes, or high blood pressure. Lower GFR is associated with complications,…

New Guidelines Issued on Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain

International task force shares recommendations for dosing, administering

Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19–Related Concerns — United States, June 2020

Temporary disruptions in routine and nonemergency medical care access and delivery have been observed during periods of considerable community transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, medical care delay or avoidance might increase morbidity and mortality risk associated with treatable and preventable health conditions and might contribute to…

The FDA’s Scientific and Regulatory Oversight of Vaccines is Vital to Public Health

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mission is to protect and promote the public health, both in the U.S. and globally, by ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the products we regulate. Nowhere is this public health mission more evident than in the FDA’s role in the scientific and regulatory oversight of vaccines. One of the agency’s highest priorities is ensuring the quality, safety and…

News and Updates for the Patient and Family

Preventing Diabetes Nerve Damage

Managing your blood sugar levels is an important part of diabetes care. Keeping your blood sugar as close to your target range as possible can give you the energy you need to feel your best! It can also help prevent serious diabetes complications, such as diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage.

Someone with nerve damage can feel anything from numbness to severe pain in the affected area. Nerve…

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a common infection of the deep layers of the skin, commonly caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus or Streptococcus.

Normally, skin acts as a barrier to protect our bodies from bacteria. When there is damage to this skin barrier, such as with a cut, eczema, or a bug bite, bacteria can enter through microscopic cracks in the skin and cause cellulitis.

Dental Care Basics for Seniors (65+)

[ Full article ]

Depression & Addiction An Intersecting Malady

[ Full article ]

Diabetes Affects Different Racial Subgroups

[ Full article ]