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UNC Health Care Providing Free Access To UNC Urgent Care 24/7 For Hurricane Victims
In order to ensure care for patients in North Carolina during Hurricane Florence, UNC Health Care announced today that it will waive fees associated with its virtual care service, UNC Urgent Care 24/7. This service from UNC Health Care provides patients with real-time access to physicians via phone, tablet or computer.
Virtual visit fees for the service will be waived for care beginning at 12:00 a.m. Friday, September 14th through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 16th. Patients must be physically located in North Carolina during their virtual visit as required by medical licensing regulations.
The service typically costs $49 or less per visit, depending on patients’ insurance. It offers simple, convenient and around-the-clock care from anywhere in North Carolina for non-emergency medical issues. Appropriate conditions include allergies, coughs, fever, headaches, nausea, insect bites, pi
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For Women With Genetic Risk, Twice-A-Year MRI Beats Mammograms
Getting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans twice a year instead of one annual mammogram is far more effective at detecting early breast cancers in young women with a high-risk genetic profile than mammograms alone, according to a research team based at the University of Chicago Medicine and the University of Washington, Seattle.
The results, first presented Dec. 8, 2017 at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and now available online in Clinical Cancer Research, suggest that for women with high-risk genetic mutations, intensive efforts to find small early cancers can be crucial to improving outcomes.
“This study demonstrates for the first time that aggressive breast cancers can be caught early, without excessive recalls or biopsies,” said Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health at the University o
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Does Your Doctor Trust You?
Building a good relationship with your doctor—especially if you suffer from a painful chronic condition—is critical for getting the best treatment possible. At the same time, clear, open communication with your medical team about how you're feeling is essential, too.
But results of a new survey by Adam Swenson, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at California State University, Northridge, indicate that doctors can harbor prejudices about how trustworthy a chronic pain patient is based on how he or she communicates. The research revealed that patients who appeared to be dramatic, depressed or who complained about their pain care were viewed by doctors as not trustworthy. By contrast, those who were stoic or upbeat were seen by doctors as trustworthy.
When doctors feel negatively about a patient—even if they're not consciously aware of it—those emotions can interfere with a good doctor-patie
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Program Will Educate, Empower ER Visitors With Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
A new $3 million, five-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will allow researchers to determine whether a unique program designed to educate people with uncontrolled hypertension — also known as high blood pressure — about the importance of getting their blood pressure under control can help reduce the risk of developing chronic and expensive-to-treat secondary cardiovascular conditions among this high-risk group.
“Even mild to moderately uncontrolled high blood pressure has consequences on the heart and sets the stage for future disease, including kidney failure, requiring lifelong dialysis, and heart failure,” said Dr. Heather Prendergast, professor of emergency medicine in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and principal investigator on the grant.
Medical guidelines issued by the American Heart Association define hypertension as a blood