For patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), the struggle to breathe is real. The progressive, genetic disease causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Thick, sticky mucus clogs the airways and traps germs, like bacteria, leading to infections, inflammation, respiratory failure and other complications. Mucus buildup…more.
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Viral hepatitis is a serious, preventable public health threat that puts people who are infected at increased risk for liver disease, cancer and death. The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a 90 percent reduction in new hepatitis infections and a 65 percent reduction in deaths by 2030. Unfortunately,…more.
A diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can leave patients and their loved ones feeling uncertain, anxious and overwhelmed. Patients have important treatment decisions to make, emotional concerns to manage, and insurance and financial paperwork to organize, among other practical concerns. One of the many sources of information and support…more.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that usually gets worse slowly. It is one of the most common types of adult leukemia, often occurring during or after middle age. With CLL, the bone marrow makes too many of a type of white blood…more.
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow and is the most common type of acute leukemia in adults. With AML, the bone marrow (the center of the bone containing many blood vessels) makes abnormal white blood cells, red blood cells or platelets. Normally,…more.
Warren Hall has grown accustomed to the fear and trepidation in the voices of people who have been diagnosed with hepatitis C. As National Manager of Support Services for the American Liver Foundation (ALF), Hall regularly speaks with callers to the ALF helpline and participates in live chat sessions to…more.
Lung diseases are a potentially serious complication of Sjögren’s and often go unrecognized by health care providers. To help improve the early identification, evaluation and management of Sjögren’s-related pulmonary complications, the Sjögren’s Foundation led development of a new set of clinical practice guidelines for physicians, rheumatologists and pulmonologists. Real World…more.
Lockdown orders during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a massive increase in unemployment, leaving millions of workers without employer-sponsored health insurance, according to a report published earlier this year by the Commonwealth Fund. Those early days of the pandemic also saw about one-third of adults falling…more.
Last March, as the COVID-19 pandemic started its relentless progression across the United States, hospitals and clinics nationwide closed their doors to all but the most gravely ill patients. While certain elective procedures and well visits were paused temporarily, patients with cancer didn’t have the luxury of waiting for things…more.
This month, Real World Health Care focuses on Hepatitis C, a viral disease that affects 2.4 million people in the U.S. and infects about 50,300 new people each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For some, hepatitis C is a mild illness lasting a few…more.