Your Health Depends on Good Communication

Your Health Depends on Good Communication

December 2011 Asking questions and providing information to your doctor and other care providers can improve your care. Talking with your doctor builds trust and leads to better results, quality, safety, and satisfaction. Quality health care is a team effort. You play an important role. One of the best ways…...

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Placebo Improves Asthma Symptoms, But Not Lung Function

July 2011 By Allison Bierly, Ph.D. Placebo treatment may make asthma patients feel better but not actually lessen disease, according to a new study. The finding helps clarify the benefits and limitations of the placebo effect. It may also influence how doctors measure successful treatment. The placebo effect is a…...

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Deep Vein Thrombosis

July 2011 Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be a killer. Here’s how to understand and prevent DVT—at any age. What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood thickens and clumps together.…...

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Helping WG and MPA Patients Avoid Cardiac Events

May 2011 A new diagnostic model will help physicians identify those at risk for cardiovascular events among patients newly diagnosed with Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) and microscopic polyangiitis (MPA). This is particularly valuable because patients with WG and MPA are 3.7 times more likely than those without vasculitis to die from…...

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Vasculitis and Oral Health

May 2011 By John Mills, BDS, DGDP UK, Chairman, Vasculitis UK Vasculitis can affect all parts of the body and the mouth is no exception. Large, persistent and excruciatingly painful mouth ulcers are sometimes a characteristic of active GPA Wegener’s as is severe toothache that moves around the mouth, especially…...

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