Chronic disease doesn't usually come with the drama of a new miracle drug. However, with good management, physicians can make a positive difference for these patients.
Lupus and asthma, COPD and diabetes, Crohn's disease and Alzheimer's--what do all these and so many other chronic diseases have in common? Inflammation is a characteristic part of the body environment as these disease processes develop.
As families gather the generations together for the holidays, it's a good time to reflect on the health status of the community's most senior members.
Health care law and policy occupy a prime place in the current news cycle. Much of the attention revolves around the actions or inactions of Congress and the White House, particularly with regard to their impact on the future form and function of the Affordable Care Act.
COPD is the third leading cause of death in America, yet it lags behind many other conditions in terms of research dollars and coordinated federal response ... but that seems to be changing.
With all the problems facing healthcare professionals today, perhaps the most challenging arena of all is providing primary care in rural areas. Despite those challenges, however, several Alabama physicians also tout the advantages of choosing a rural setting.
For the past 11 years, Brian Christine, MD has focused his Urology Centers of Alabama practice on men's sexual health with the Men's Sexual Health Clinic which provides treatment for patients with erectile dysfunction and other problems.
Research shows that about 75 percent of healthcare costs come from just 10 percent of the population. And almost half the people in this small group suffer social deficiencies that affect their health.
Some diseases are so rare that a primary care physician may see only one or two cases in an entire career. The problem with the math in daily practice, however, comes from the sheer number of rare diseases--more than 8,000 known so far.
Patients who are facing a chronic or terminal illness can find relief from symptoms, pain and stress through treatment provided by a palliative medicine team.
PACE programs take a holistic approach to senior care within the continuum to craft individualized plans that allow older adults to thrive within their own community.
While most nurses begin in the profession by providing bedside care, many advance their career by pursuing additional training. One option is to become a nurse practitioner.
Two major genomics projects are beginning in Alabama.
On June 2, 2017, Anderson, S.C.-based AnMed Health and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General entered into the largest settlement under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act ("EMTALA").
We brush our teeth daily. Why not brush our brains? Not literally, of course, but there are interesting parallels between dental hygiene and mental hygiene that can have significant implications for our health, according to Micah Howard, MD.
The construction of a new inpatient hospice facility on the campus of Redstone Village in Huntsville has fulfilled a dream for the staff and patients of Hospice Family Care (HFC).
Peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis and fatal outcomes from food reactions in children. A new oral immunotherapy (OIT) treatment is proving to be a safe and effective way to eliminate the effects of the allergen in many sufferers through controlled exposure to peanuts.
In the days of door to door vacuum cleaner salesmen, a common sales technique was to astound the prospective customer by cleaning a huge pile of debris from the living room rug.
New guidelines for managing hypertension are expected this year. Meanwhile, in light of the SPRINT study and years of debate about blood pressure targets for older adults, many physicians face questions over how aggressively they should push for lower blood pressure numbers.
A recently developed cell phone application gives new meaning to the term 'house call.' The program, known as ChronicCareIQ, is an app that helps doctors remotely monitor the care of chronic patients.
An expert panel takes a fresh look at the most common mode of death and outlines 10 measures to try to flip the script.
Brooke MD Primary Care, honored as Huntsville's Medical Practice of the Year, utilizes an innovative patient care model. In response to the shortage of primary care physicians, Dr. Brooke Uptagrafft manages three nurse practitioners who are the principal patient care providers.
"The great thing about being part of Partnership for Patients is you have access to a lot of resources," says Vicki Britt, director of quality management at Pickens County Medical Center.
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