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Communicating with Cancer Patients

Cancer patients can’t be expected to remember everything they’re told, especially when feeling anxious or scared. They may hear everything you say and remember none of it. They might nod comprehension but understand only parts of what you tell them. In 2019, more than 1.7 million Americans will hear ...

By |2019-01-16T08:20:46+00:00January 14th, 2019|

Patient Prep Begins with Education

In today’s high-cost medical environment, we talk a lot about how it’s crucial that patients and care providers work together in a strong partnership. When it works, this is the ideal—but in an alarming number of cases, the patient fails to uphold his or her end of the bargain, ...

By |2019-01-16T08:22:45+00:00January 14th, 2019|

Why National Folic Acid Awareness Week Matters

National Folic Acid Awareness Week occurs from January 7 to 13 this year, highlighting the importance of folic acid for reproductive aged women. We care about folic acid because of its association with neural tube defects (or NTD). NTDs are congenital abnormalities that affect the central nervous system and ...

By |2019-01-16T10:21:28+00:00January 8th, 2019|

Top Health Stories of 2018

It was a wild year in healthcare. In 2018, the healthcare industry seemed to uncomfortably straddle two competing realities. First there is the present, where increasing costs and soaring rates of chronic disease and substance abuse are driving a desperate debate about how to best provide healthcare to our ...

By |2019-01-03T12:33:29+00:00January 2nd, 2019|

The Wellness Network: Meeting Patients Where They’re At

When it comes to creating informed, activated patients, there are dozens of obstacles that can make it harder for patients to participate in their own care. Studies have found that factors such as socioeconomic status, the widespread presence of mental health disorders, access to hospitals and broadband ...

By |2018-12-17T11:15:08+00:00December 12th, 2018|

Improving Medication Adherence with Patient Education

It was no surprise to me when I saw a headline stating that people who have a poor understanding of how their type 2 diabetes medications work also have poorer blood glucose control. I see this often in my practice as a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and certified ...

By |2019-01-03T12:07:18+00:00November 19th, 2018|

Healthy Coping with Diabetes

 For busy providers, it may feel like it “takes a village” to help patients when mood disorders such as depression or anxiety coexist with diabetes. Although the AADE guidelines for diabetes include “healthy coping” alongside lifestyle measures, medications, monitoring, and annual checks, clinical time to assess or expertise in ...

By |2018-11-21T09:58:25+00:00November 12th, 2018|