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Is There a Link Between Chemotherapy and Fibromyalgia?

cancer-patientFibromyalgia is a disorder that affects muscles and is characterized by generalized muscle pain, persistent fatigue, abnormal sleepiness that doesn’t offer restfulness, disorders of the temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) among many other debilitating symptoms. The condition may also show impaired cognitive ability. This is a stressful disorder that has led many people to wonder what causes it and indeed whether there is a connection between the disorder and the use of chemotherapy during treatment of various cancers.

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The Differences Between BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 Breast Cancer Genes

breast-cancer-scansMany people are baffled by the initials BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. They sound so technical but they simply mean BReast CAncer 1 and 2. They refer to two types of human genes. BRCA 1 refers to a gene on chromosome 17 while BRCA 2 refers to a gene on chromosome 13. The two genes play a major role in the control of cell growth so that each cell is produced, grows, matures and dies at the appropriate time according to the natural biological clock settings. This prevents abnormal proliferation of cells which can lead to tumor growth. When working normally they are tumor suppressants.

Sometimes these genes undergo mutation and the mutated genes can be inherited. People carrying these mutated genes are more prone to breast, ovary and prostate cancers among other types. Although the two increase the risk of these cancers, the pathology, progression, treatment and prognosis of the cancer sub-type differ significantly. It is important then to know other differences of these genes that are at times referred to as ‘cancer susceptibility genes. Some of the differences are in the table below.

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What is a Cancer Patient Advocate and Why You Need One?

doctor-talking-with-patientAfter finding out that you have just been diagnosed with cancer, the first thing you often think about is how will I go through this? Will I be okay? And how will my family deal with this? The good news is that you don’t have to deal with the complex healthcare system by yourself or your family’s precious time they could use to spend more quality time with you or comforting you as you go through your cancer treatment.

Well, as I said what you need is a cancer patient advocate and there are many ways to find one including using the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) and other health advocacy associations.

Patient Advocate Foundation is a non-profit organization that assist patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. According to their website, they assist people with all forms of cancer, but two forms of cancer; breast cancer and prostate cancer are heavily represented. That makes sense since breast cancer is a common cancer among women and prostate cancer is common among men.

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Multiple Sclerosis and Diet

Multiple Sclerosis and Diet

Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis is a scary moment that brings to heart the importance of health. That is why for all of us, but most definitely for those suffering from MS it is important to embrace a healthy lifestyle.

What does that mean exactly?

Of course, adding exercise to life as well as activities such as yoga and meditation will help considerably. So will being aware of the food ingested. People with MS are encouraged to eat healthy. This includes sticking to a low fat diet that is high in fiber. It is also believed that enriching the diet with organic fruits and vegetables is highly beneficial.

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What is an Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Advocate?

alzheimers-patient-advocacyThe concept of patient advocacy in its current form was developed in 1950’s as the treatment of cancer patients grew more and more technically complicated, as a means to make the voice of the patient more readily heard.  In today’s world of constantly evolving medical techniques, treatments, and services, the average individual cannot be expected to be thoroughly acquainted with any and all this material.  So it becomes the function of the Alzheimer’s disease patient advocate to perform a variety of services to ease the burden of the patient, and their family, as they learn to deal with every aspect of the disease.

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Diseases and Conditions

Top 5 Rheumatoid Arthritis and Diet Tips

rhematoid-arthritis-dietAre you suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and feel like what you eat affects your symptoms? Well, you are not alone. More than half of those suffering from this debilitating disease feel that there is some connection between what they digest and stiff, swollen, painful joints.

Unfortunately, scientists haven’t confirmed that food and arthritis are linked.

But that doesn’t mean that what you ingest shouldn’t be an aspect worthy of awareness. As is the case with any disease, taking care of oneself is one of the best ways to regain energy and give your body what it needs to stay healthy.

So, what does that mean exactly? Here are five dietary ideas to think about when it comes to fighting and eliminating the effects of rheumatoid arthritis…

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Diseases and Conditions

Learning About Mini Stroke Symptoms

Stroke-FASTThe moment is horrifying. All of a sudden you can’t see fully out of one of your eyes. Although the sentence seems so clear in your head, speaking is impossible. And the confusion is creating a thick fog that is settling around you. Where are you? What is happening?

These are the symptoms of a Transient Ischemic Attack or TIA. Also called a mini stroke, TIA is a scary moment in time that effects far more people than originally thought. A sneaky war that is placed upon the brain, half of the people whom suffer from TIA never know that they are under attack. The issue with this is that of those that have TIA, five percent will suffer a full blown stroke within a day, ten to fifteen percent will have a stroke within three months, and up to 25% are expected to die within a year. Of those that don’t die, 30% will suffer from brain damage that occurred during the TIA attack.

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Top 5 Patient Advocate Interview Questions You Should Ask

nurse-helping-patientFinding the right health or patient advocate is not easy, so after finding one, what do you ask? Below are some of the top interview questions you should ask of the health advocate.

  1. Are you insured? Been insured helps with any issue that may arise, and shows that they are taking their patient advocacy practice seriously and professionally.
  2. How much do you charge? It is always a good idea to get a written statement of the charges, whether it be an hourly rate or a fixed price. Most services have an hourly rate from $75 to $150 and beyond. It is better to find the right patient advocate rather than worry about the price, since you or your loved one is priceless.
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The Difference Between Patient Advocates and Patient Navigators

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In times of illness, disease and health concerns, stress levels are incredibly high. From tests to diagnosis, from healing to facing death, all of the roller coasters associated with disease, illness and health issues are intense and exhausting. Put on top of the emotional output that is required in times of health setbacks the need to navigate the entire billing and payment scene of the medical profession, and the entire picture is daunting.

Thankfully there are those that are using their expertise of understanding the needs of a patient in the labyrinth of medical care to benefit those facing this world. Both Patient Advocacy and Patient Navigation are service models now available to patients that are confused on how to protect their loved ones, their rights, and their pocket books in the time of a health crisis.

What is the true difference between Patient Advocacy and Patient Navigation?

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What is a Medical Billing Advocate?

patient-advocacy-billingWhat is a Medical Billing Advocate?

Medical bill advocates are professionals who understand the complexities of medical billing. Patients and consumers can hire an advocate to audit their medical bills, seek out errors and negotiate lower medical bills.

They will review all different types of medical bills and expenses, and work as your advocate to save you money. Studies show that over 80% of bills have errors, and they can help identify these.

How will they save me money?

They will review every medical charge you have to ensure that all charges are accurate and reasonable. Medical Billing Advocates will also audit, organize, and file all of your medical documents and bills and tell you who, why, and how much you should pay, and ensure you do not pay a cent more. They serve as a Patient Advocate to ensure you are treated fairly, dispute claims, address billing errors, and file appeals. They may even negotiate the medical bills on your behalf to ensure you have the lowest possible price.

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