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  • By Real World Health Care Editorial Staff  |  Jan 27, 2021

    Just the Facts: Four COVID-19 Resources You Can Trust

    Finding information about the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t exactly been difficult over the past 12 months. Just about every organization in the country – from government agencies and media outlets to companies, schools and community groups – has issued at least one COVID-related pronouncement. However, the wealth of information at our…more.

    Categories: COVID 19, Uncategorized
  • By Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing  |  Mar 29, 2017

    Pain Management: Opioid Adherence in Cancer Patients

    This week, Real World Health Care speaks with Salimah H. Meghani, PhD, MBE, RN, FAAN. Dr. Meghani is an associate professor and term chair in Palliative Care at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She is also associate director, NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health. Her main research interest…more.

    Categories: General, Pain Management
  • By Joel L. Zive, BS, PharmD, Adjunct Clinical Faculty at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy  |  May 19, 2014

    Cultural Competency Key to Positive Health Outcomes

    Early in my pharmacy career, a hospital social worker referred to me a deaf patient. He had a reputation for being rude and belligerent to providers. After our first encounter, I was no exception. However, after looking at health care from his perspective – slow communication, unthinking providers, long waits…more.

  • By Jamie Elizabeth Rosen, Editor, Real World Health Care  |  Jan 31, 2014

    What’s Getting Lost in the Health Care Debate?

    Health care has never been more highly politicized than today. Last year, it was central to the third longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This week, it consumed a large chunk of President Obama’s State of the Union address. Every day, we are inundated by news of health exchange website…more.

    Categories: General
  • By Linda Barlow  |  Jan 8, 2014

    Are You Ready to Help Stop Cervical Cancer?

    National patient advocacy organizations and allies are urging American women to start the year off right by learning more about cervical cancer and prevention during Cervical Health Awareness Month this January.  Here’s what you need to know. Although enormous strides have been made in the prevention of cervical cancer –…more.

  • By Linda Barlow  |  Dec 11, 2013

    Get Your Flu Shot Now to Stay Healthier Later

    So you think you’re too busy to get your flu shot? It’s easy to put off, but taking the time to do it sooner rather than later could prevent you from getting sick while helping to protect those you care about – during the holidays and beyond. That’s why the U.S.…more.

  • By Linda Barlow  |  Aug 27, 2013

    August Health Awareness Days Provide Opportunities to Take Action

    As young people across the country go back to school, patient advocates and government stakeholders are leveraging awareness days to help communities learn about health issues impacting children, prevention strategies and efforts to improve care. Here are some examples: Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month Each August organizations including the Envision…more.

    Categories: Access to Care
  • By Linda Barlow  |  Jul 23, 2013

    World Hepatitis Day Spotlights Importance of Early Detection to Improve Prevention and Treatment Strategies

    This Sunday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day, an observance that reminds us that hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) remains largely unknown as a major health threat. Approximately half a billion people worldwide and 4.4 million people in the U.S. live with chronic viral hepatitis, with one million deaths resulting…more.

  • By Linda Barlow  |  Jul 2, 2013

    HPV Vaccine Reduces Infection Rates in Teen Girls

    Since the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was introduced in 2006, vaccine-type HPV prevalence has decreased by 56 percent among females 14-19 years old, according to a new study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. Although the vast majority of HPV infections do…more.