Month: February 2011

Leading the Fight Against Flu

In 2009, the H1N1 influenza virus significantly changed the way most healthcare workers in the United States think about the flu. Collectively, we learned once again that the influenza virus is an unpredictable and serious...

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Is Bariatric Surgery in Diabetics Cost-Effective?

Bariatric surgery has emerged as an effective approach to reducing body weight and improving obesity-related complications, especially for patients living with diabetes. The surgery has been shown to significantly reduce weight...

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Patients Becoming Better Healthcare Consumers

FSAs: Use it or Lose It Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are a type of account that may provide the incentive patients need to become better healthcare consumers. FSAs are a tax-advantaged account that can be used to pay for...

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Increasing Awareness of Atrial Fibrillation

Research has shown that atrial fibrillation (AFib) is one of the most common sustained heart rhythm abnormalities, affecting an estimated 2.3 million Americans, but other investigations suggest that the condition may affect...

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Smoking Cessation in HIV/AIDS: A Call to Action

Consider the Substantial Adverse Effects There are many adverse health effects of combining smoking with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis. Since the use of antiretroviral drugs became widespread, people with HIV/AIDS have been living much...

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Improving Health in Patients With Heart Failure

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently issued a scientific statement for the promotion of self-care in people with heart failure (HF). The statement, published in the September 22, 2009 issue of Circulation, highlights...

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