As I sat down to write my year-end column for 2021, I was struck by how much had changed over the course of the year…and how much remains the same. Thanks to the efforts of brilliant scientists, dedicated clinicians and determined citizens, we now have readily available vaccines (and boosters)…more.
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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.
Serving as a family caregiver for a loved one can be stressful under the best of circumstances. However, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s estimated 53 million family caregivers have faced additional challenges and taken on new responsibilities that may be pushing some to the brink. An October 2020 report…more.
This April, Real World Health Care is honored to shine a spotlight on an autoimmune disease that most people have probably never heard about. Sjögren’s (SHOW-grins) is a systemic autoimmune disease that affects the entire body and is the second most prevalent autoimmune disease in America. Along with symptoms of…more.
Stay-at-home and social distancing mandates during the COVID-19 pandemic have forced nearly everyone to become more socially isolated than ever before. However, the effects of social isolation among older adults may be more pronounced and have more dire consequences than among people of other ages. “Placing the COVID pandemic aside…more.
In the field of behavioral health, peer support workers – people who have faced similar stresses, trauma and mental health challenges to those they serve – have played a crucial role providing non-clinical, “experientially credentialed” support. That role has not abated during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent editorial…more.
For over a year, the world has lived under the dark cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global, population-wide traumatizing event that has impacted people in a variety of ways – physically, financially and emotionally. According to Maddy Reinert, Senior Director of Population Health, Mental Health America (MHA), the pandemic…more.
Help is Available for Frontline Health Care Workers Struggling to Manage Their Own Anxiety and Depression Resulting from COVID-19 Patient Care
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: To help meet the mental health needs of frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, our sponsor, the HealthWell Foundation, has launched a new fund to provide copayment assistance for behavioral health treatments. Through the COVID-19 Frontline Health Care Workers Behavioral Health Fund, HealthWell will…more.