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Dec - Jan 2024

Managing PI in the Senior Years

As individuals age, managing a primary immunodeficiency (PI), as well as other illnesses, frequently becomes more intricate and challenging. PI refers to a group of rare, inherited disorders characterized by defects or deficiencies in the immune system, making it less effective in protecting the body against infections. Since the first identification of PI in 1952, the number of individuals diagnosed with PIs has expanded rapidly. Today, there are more than 500 different forms of PI affecting approximately 500,000 people in the United States. However, until recently, people diagnosed with PIs often did not survive long enough to reach their senior years. That's because… full article (pdf)

Navigating Unchartered Waters: Don’t Mix Your Meds with…

Imagine strolling through the airport, ready for a long-awaited vacation. Along the way, you decide to grab breakfast, washing it down with grapefruit juice instead of your usual iced coffee. You remember to take your new blood pressure medication as well. By boarding time, you're struck with a light-headed feeling and bouts of dizziness. Nothing in your routine changed today, but this feeling is abnormal. You have the presence of mind to contact your pharmacist, and luckily you have just enough time to call and explain what has been happening and discuss concerns about your medication. The pharmacist explains you are experiencing an interaction and provides you with…  full article (pdf)

Navigating and Negotiating Medical Bills

Do not pay your medical bills right away. Sounds like bad advice, doesn't it? While it is true that keeping your account current and paying your bill in a timely manner is important, it is equally important to make sure you are billed correctly before you pay, otherwise you run the risk of paying more than you actually owe. Did you know that nearly 80 percent of all medical bills contain errors? Most billing errors (63 percent) are due to coding mistakes, 44 percent are due to inaccurate clinical documentation and more than 25 percent of errors are due to simple typos. And, it is estimated these errors cost the U.S. healthcare system an estimated…  full article (pdf)

Preparing for a Hospital Stay

Preparing for a hospital stay, especially for individuals with a primary immune deficiency disease (PI), requires careful planning and consideration. The stress of a hospitalization can be compounded for those with PI due to concerns about infection risks and allergies often associated with the condition. However, with proper preparation and communication, these concerns can be… full article (pdf)

Diagnosing and Treating Ulcerative Colitis

There are two major forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). As of 2004, IBD affected between one and two million people in the United States with an incidence of 70 to 150 cases per 100,000 individuals. Some epidemiology studies suggest a 46 percent rise in prevalence of IBD from 2006 to 2021. This is paramount since UC can lead to significant morbidity and mortality among a wide spectrum of… full article (pdf)