prevention

Medication Adherence across the pond

Aston University, A Life and Health Sciences school in Birmingham, England, as released a study on Medication Adherence, (called AMAS) which they view as a breakthrough because, until now, there seems not to have been a study that focuses on lower income patients which is broken down by ethnic and cultural and socioeconomic groups. The AMAS is such a study. There seems to be some divergence from what we might find in a U.S. research study. Where the U.S. studies [...]

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Facts about Diabetes that everyone needs to know

On November 17, 2012, the CEO of Eli Lilly, John C. Lechleiter, put out a letter about the significance of Diabetes in the world.  He did that because it was World Diabetes Day.  But, when you understand the statistics involved with this disease and the cost, you’ll probably agree with me that everyday is “World Diabetes Day.”  I am a diabetic myself, but was stunned none-the-less by what I learned from Dr. Lechleiter’s letter:  The world’s diabetic population has doubled since [...]

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One pill treats high blood pressure and cholesterol?

It’s not available yet, but it’s likely to be considered in the very near future.  The “Polypill” is meant to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol in patients over 50. Its been tested in a small group in England; only 84 patients participated in the study, reports the Reuters News Service in a story recently published. Doctors from Queen Mary University of London have reportedly surmised that the success of this test indicates that it would be good for all [...]

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A note from your doctor: take your meds

Patients, it is reported in a new study, are much more likely to remember to take their meds when their Doctors involve them in office visit notes, InformationWeek reports.   It’s interesting to learn that any doctor would ever consider not sharing such notes with patients. Doctors may share concern over the new world of on-line medical records.  After all, the Obama Administration got very upset with the medical industry when it found doctors possibly using their notes for the [...]

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Hospitals versus medication adherence

It isn’t really fair to say Hospitals versus medication adherence. But, if you are fully adherent but you’re much more likely to be able to stay out of a hospital. If you’ve had a stay in the hospital recently, your adherence can certainly reducing the chances of your going back in. I was reading a brief put out by the NEHI regarding readmissions into hospitals. The article is entitled “Improving Medication Adherence and Reducing Readmissions.”  I find it a bit [...]

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Healthy Savings

I just read an article that I highly recommend you read. This article by Joel White, in the North County Times, (the North County way up thar between San Diego and Riverside, CA), suggests several issues that are important for you to read and know. Rather than write an extended blog on the subject I’m going to highlight some of the information that Mr. White writes about, hoping that you will click on the link above and read the article [...]

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The more you test your glucose the more adherent you become.

Typically, when one reads about “medication adherence” it’s in the grand sense. It’s all diseases combined and how many dollars we might save as a country if we all took our medications as prescribed by a physician. This study, reported by DNS, found that diabetics who test their glucose 1 or more times per day are much more likely to be adherent to their drug regimen and were found to have a lower A1C level. Now… it’s expensive to buy all [...]

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24 Million people in the U.S. are prescribed Aspirin to fight against cardiovascular disease

MedCity News reports that about 15% of patients who take their daily aspirin, as prescribed by their physician’s, have gastrointestinal problems as a result. That’s 3.6 million patients who need to seek an alternative to help them be adherent for the purposes of fending off cardiovascular disease. A NASDAQ listed company, called Pozen, has developed a drug that has been studied in two double blind tests over two years and involved over 1,000 subjects. The company says it’s looking for a [...]

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New study reveals Old Markers

Do you know the word “ischemic?” I’ve heard it a lot of times and didn’t know the actual meaning: local deficiency of blood supply produced by vasoconstriction or local obstacles to the arterial flow, according to Dictionary.com. That’s the medical definition of blockages in your body that have to do with your heart. A new study has discovered some markers that you can see with your eyes and which are only now being discovered as a medically significant. The study, [...]

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Adherence to Meds is often not a priority for HIV patients

A small study on the matter of why HIV patients stop taking their Antiretroviral therapy (ART) meds has been released in the Journal of General Internal Medicine in October, 2012.  449 HIV patients participated in the study and 71% of those were drinking alcohol during the course of the study. Researchers have been worried about the lack of adherence among  HIV patients and set a study in motion to discover the causes. It’s kind of remarkable that there is such [...]

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