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Aug - Sep 2021

The Role of Sleep in Immunity

People spend approximately one-third of their lives sleeping — or trying to sleep. However, as life gets busier and there are more competing professional and leisure distractions, people are sleeping an estimated one and one-half to two hours less each night than they did a century ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than one-third of Americans regularly don't get enough sleep, defined as seven or more hours per day.… full article (pdf)

Understanding Workplace Accommodations for Patients

Quitting work is not an option for many who suffer from chronic illness. Instead, the question is how they can continue to work. Indeed, managing work and day-to-day life can be draining for healthy people, but work-life balance can be overwhelming with chronic illness. Frequently, the illness limits the amount of energy patients have each day. By the time they have completed everyday tasks such as rising, dressing and driving to work, they are already tired. And this is compounded by the energy required to manage their illness such as endless doctor appointments, insurance paperwork and getting needed medications. The imperative is learning how to balance their need to work and earn a living with their need to care for themselves. But what happens when patients can no longer make the balancing act work?…  full article (pdf)

How to Benefit from Clinical Trials

Embarrassment and shame. That's what I felt when someone asked what I did for a living. I rambled on about focusing on my writing career or taking time to volunteer, hoping it would appease curiosity. It was a somewhat truthful answer, but it didn't tell the whole story — a story I tried to hide. I couldn't work because I receive government assistance to get my treatments and medication to live, function and experience a good quality of life. And this assistance dictates the amount of income I can receive, which is very little.…  full article (pdf)

Foods to Combat GI Distress

Digestive issues, whether they are chronic or short-term, affect nearly everyone at some point in life. Research has shown nearly two-thirds of Americans are burdened by gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms. This includes more-common symptoms such as heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation, as well as less-common symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and bowel incontinence. While diet isn't the only factor that can cause or relieve GI distress, what people eat can significantly play a role. In fact, certain foods can help improve digestion and soothe GI distress, while other foods can exacerbate GI symptoms.… full article (pdf)

Pulmonary Complications of Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders

The conventional paradigm of understanding primary immunodeficiency disorders (PI) is the susceptibility to infections due to a weak immune system. However, over the past decade, it has become increasingly clear that PI is not just about increased rates of infections. The field of clinical immunology now recognizes that a defect in the immune system often leads to not only an inadequate ability to perform the function of host defense, but also to an increased dysfunctional inflammatory response.… full article (pdf)