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This Thanksgiving, Talk Turkey About Family Health History
By Dani Kupperman, Genetic Counselor at Danbury Hospital, Jessica Lipschutz, Genetic Counselor at Norwalk Hospital, and Susan Ingram, Genetic Counselor at Norwalk Hospital
Thanksgiving is also National Family Health History Day. Public health organizations and healthcare providers are urging families to use the holiday as an opportunity to start conversations about family health history.
Knowing your family’s medical history and sharing it with your medical providers can help your healthcare team assess your risk for certain diseases and recommend appropriate healthcare services and testing.
Although it can sometimes be challenging to find out about or share your health history, overcoming these barriers can provide health benefits for you and your family — and possibly save a life.
As parents, siblings, grandparents, and other relatives gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, th
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Survey: More Than Half Of Americans Have Avoided Medical Care Due To Cost
If there is one thing a majority of Americans can agree on, it's that healthcare costs are too expensive and they want upfront pricing. HealthPocket, a free information source designed to help consumers find medical coverage today released results of a pulse survey which found that 85% of U.S. adults think that healthcare costs in general are too high. Underscoring that point, 51% of those surveyed have avoided medical care due to lack of ability to pay.
The survey found that prices are a priority, with 91% saying that costs for medical services should be as readily available as prices are on a restaurant menu. In fact, 78% have been afraid to go to the hospital because of cost, with an overwhelming majority (96%) saying that hospitals should be upfront about the cost before treatment. Given the option, 86% said they would compare prices before going to the hospital if prices were poste
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Study Shows Flu Vaccine Safe For Those With Autoimmune Neuromuscular Disorders
A recent study published in Muscle & Nerve appears to show that the influenza vaccination is safe to use for those with autoimmune neuromuscular disorders.
The study, titled “INFLUENZA VACCINATION OF PATIENTS WITH AUTOIMMUNE NEUROMUSCULAR DISORDERS: A WEB- BASED SURVEY OF CURRENT PRACTICES AND PERCEPTIONS”, was conducted by Tess Litchman, Richard Nowak, and Bhaskar Roy of New Haven, CT. They performed a web-based survey among neurologists across the United States to explore current practices regarding the recommendation of flu shot for patients with myasthenia gravis (MG), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), or Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS).
The abstract for this study was published in the 2019 American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) Abstract Guide, which was presented at the 2019 AANEM Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas this Octobe
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Survey Finds 1 In 3 Patients Needed More Information On Cancer Treatment Side Effects
One in three adults treated for cancer may experience side effects from treatment they wish they had known more about, according to a new survey published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice. The national survey of more than 400 U.S. adults, which was sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), also found that nine in 10 patients felt they made the right treatment decision despite the desire for more information about treatment side effects.
"An unfortunate reality of cancer treatment is that therapy also has side effects that can impact a patient's quality of life. Nearly all patients in the survey felt confident about their treatment decisions, but a sizable number also expressed a clear need for more information about potential side effects," said Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, FASTRO, senior author of the study and the Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncol