Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

If you’re a fan of Westerns, you may recall the movie Open Range starring Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner. In one of my favorite scenes, their crusty cowpoke characters peer together over the rolling prairie during a typically sparse but profound conversation: Duvall: “How long we been ridin’ together Charlie?…...

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The Real Promise of Mobile Health Apps

Mobile devices have the potential to become powerful medical tools As a volunteer in a trial of mobile health technology, I can attest that it’s incredibly cool to pick up your iPhone, fire up an application to monitor your heart rate and rhythm, and then beam your ECG reading to…...

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Before Leaving the Hospital, Consult Your Checklist

When checking into a hospital, patients naturally worry whether their visit will go well. But leaving the hospital safely can sometimes present an even trickier challenge. Patients are going home sooner and sicker than ever before. And without clear and comprehensive instructions about what to do after a hospital stay,…...

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NIH-supported scientists find genes influence susceptibility to problems from vitamin D deficiency

An international team of researchers has found that the vitamin D receptor gene (VDR), which senses and communicates the presence of vitamin D to the body, influences the chance that people with vitamin D deficiency develop negative health outcomes. Some variants of VDR may have a protective effect, while others might increase…...

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Do you always follow your physician’s advice?

Over the years, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) learned in conversations with our members and others that they might or might not follow their doctor’s recommendations for treatments and might or might not share their decisions with their doctors. Why is that? Does it matter? Delving into these…...

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