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Dec - Jan 2023

Understanding the Role of Care Managers

The complexities of today's healthcare system make it virtually impossible for patients to manage the nuances of their ongoing care, especially for people living with chronic or complicated illnesses. As anyone living with them can attest, keeping track of health conditions across multiple disciplines and coordinating care with multiple medical providers, not to mention managing medications and appointments, is overwhelming. Care management assists patients and their caregivers to oversee it all more effectively to ultimately improve health outcomes for patients and ease the burden for families… full article (pdf)

How to Get Your Specialists and Primary Care Provider Talking

Seeing the doctor can feel intimidating and tiresome — especially when you are the one coordinating communication among your care team. Making sure your specialist(s) and primary care provider (PCP) communicate thoroughly and often is crucial for making informed medical decisions for you and your providers. But to what extent is it your responsibility to ask your providers to communicate with each other? And what's the best way to go about it?…  full article (pdf)

Creating Boundaries with Your Caregivers

My mother and I are very close. When I was growing up, she was my advocate, voice and caregiver. She even graciously managed my doctor appointments and prescription refills while I went to college so my energy and focus could solely be on my studies … and laundry, lol. When I achieved my dream of graduating from college, I was naturally ready for a shift in who managed my healthcare. I was grateful for everything my mom did for me. Without her, I wouldn't have received the same level of care from my doctors that I did, nor would I have been able to go away to college. I know how important self-care and self-advocacy is because of what she taught me. But when I became an adult, I knew I had a voice, and I was ready to use it to begin managing my own medical care…  full article (pdf)

Superfoods: Separating Fact from Fiction

What comes to mind when you hear the term "superfood"? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a superfood as "a food (such as salmon, broccoli or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person's health."… full article (pdf)

Understanding mRNA Vaccines

The pandemic changed our lives in countless ways, most less than favorable! But as the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining. COVID-19's silver lining was the development of the mRNA vaccine. In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19, the world's scientific community raced to develop a vaccine that would help control the impact of the disease and offer the quickest return to normalcy. Historically, acellular vaccines (including live-attenuated, inactivated and subunit/recombinant vaccines) were used to manage the spread of diseases. While the innate immune system includes defenses with which humans are born, acquired immunity is developed as people come into contact with different pathogens. Traditional vaccines work with the acquired immune system by introducing purified pieces of a pathogen that have been specifically selected for their ability to stimulate immune cells. These fragments are considered very safe because they are incapable of causing disease. The innate immune system is activated by another ingredient called an "adjuvant," a substance that enhances the body's immune response to an antigen… full article (pdf)