Healthcare freebies that can make you, and your wallet, feel a little better

“Take the cookies, bring them home to the kids!” Craig always insists, as he pops a few into my lunch bag. It’s a heartwarming gesture that I love about his Sarasota deli — in addition to the killer turkey on whole wheat. You may not be surprised when local businesses throw in a freebie; they often go the extra mile to thank customers. But you may be surprised to know that there are lots of free things out there that can help your health. Okay, not cookies, but things with real value when it comes to improving everything from chronic disease to diet and fitness. Free prescription drugs Some stores (such as Publix and Harris Teeter chain stores in the southeastern United States, and Meijer stores in the Midwest) offer free generic versions of many prescription medications, regardless of whether you have financial need. Examples include antibiotics, such as amoxicillin or cephalexin; blood pressure medications, such as amlodipine or lisinopril; metformin to treat diabetes; and montelukast to treat allergies. Ask your pharmacist if a drug you’re taking might be available in a free generic version, and ask your doctor if it’s possible to switch to it. Free blood pressure screenings Blood pressure machines in a mall or grocery store are usually free, but the measurements may not be accurate. Instead, have a health care worker take your blood pressure. Many pharmacies offer this free service. “It is a huge help when patients can get their b...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Health care Managing your health care Source Type: blogs

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BackgroundEndoscopic transsphenoidal surgery (ETS) for the resection of pituitary adenoma has become more common throughout the past decade. Although most patients have a short postoperative hospitalization, others require a more prolonged stay. We aimed to identify predictors for prolonged hospitalization in the setting of ETS for pituitary adenomas.MethodsA retrospective chart review as performed on 658 patients undergoing ETS for pituitary adenoma at a single tertiary care academic center from 2005 to 2019. Length of stay (LoS) was defined as date of surgery to date of discharge. Patients with LoS in the top 10th percen...
Source: International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD After my posts on telemedicine were published recently, (this one on Manly Wellness before the pandemic and this one after it erupted, on A Country Doctor Writes, then reblogged on The Health Care Blog, KevinMD and many others), I have been asked about my views on telemedicine’s role in the future of primary care. Things have changed quickly, and a bit chaotically, and there is a lot of experimentation happening right now in practices I work or speak with. Before thinking about telemedicine in Primary Care, we need to agree on some sort of definition of...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice primary care Telehealth Telemedicine Source Type: blogs
AbstractThe COVID-19 pandemic is a significant global event in the history of infectious diseases. The SARS-CoV-2 appears to have originated from bats but is now easily transmissible among humans, primarily through droplet or direct contact. Clinical features of COVID-19 include high fever, cough, and fatigue which may progress to ARDS. Respiratory failure can occur rapidly after this. The primary laboratory findings include lymphopenia and eosinopenia. Elevated D-dimer, procalcitonin, and CRP levels may correlate with disease severity. Imaging findings include ground-glass opacities and patchy consolidation on CT scan. Mo...
Source: Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) was recognized in December 2019 as a cause of severe pneumonia and has now led to a global pandemic.1 Respiratory illnesses caused by COVID-19 cover a range of severity. The identification of risk and protective factors for disease severity from COVID-19 is critical to direct development of new treatments and infection prevention strategies. Early large case series have identified a number of risk factors for severe disease, including older age, hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tobacco exposure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: research
One of the worst symptoms of any plague is uncertainty—who it will strike, when it will end, why it began. Merely understanding a pandemic does not stop it, but an informed public can help curb its impact and slow its spread. It can also provide a certain ease of mind in a decidedly uneasy time. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 pandemic from TIME’s readers, along with the best and most current answers science can provide. A note about our sourcing: While there are many, many studies underway investigating COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-19, the novel coronavirus that causes the illn...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Explainer Source Type: news
CONCLUSION: The present study confirmed that CRS is frequent asthma comorbidity as concerns more than one-third of asthmatic outpatients. CRSwNP is associated with type 2 inflammation and blood eosinophilia. These outcomes underline that CRSwNPasthma phenotype deserves adequate attention for careful management and optimal identification of the best-tailored therapy. PMID: 32171930 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol Source Type: research
Alan Reynolds“Death Toll Hits 9 as Outbreak Spreads, ” was the scaryWall Street Journalheadline in print before it was toned downonline. COVID-19 deaths at a nursing home and hospital in Washington state were unrelated to the virusspreading“across the U.S.” The facts tell us much more about the exceptionally high risks of fatal infection from COVID-19 (or pneumonia or flu) among elderly people living close together in nursing homes or hospitals, many of them already sick.The ongoing COPD-19 outbreak in Kirkland Washington at the Life Care nursing home and Evergreen hospital represents...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - Category: American Health Authors: Source Type: blogs
Chinese officials confirmed Wednesday that the number of people infected by a new form of coronavirus in the country has reached 5,974, a total that surpasses the official cases tallied on the mainland during an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002 and 2003. SARS infected 5,237 people in mainland China, and killed almost 800 people across the world. The new SARS-like form of coronavirus has killed 132 people in China. The disease, which is believed to have originated in a seafood market in the Chinese central city of Wuhan, has also spread to other countries, including the U.S., where five cases hav...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized China Infectious Disease onetime overnight Source Type: news
Publication date: Available online 27 December 2019Source: Food Science and Human WellnessAuthor(s): Rabiatu Bonku, Jianmei YuAbstractPeanut is an energy dense food item and it contains a substantial amount of fat, proteins, carbohydrate, both fat soluble and water soluble vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Peanuts are consumed worldwide due to its high nutritional value and pleasant or unique flavor after roasting or boiling. The lipid, protein and carbohydrate not only provide energy, but also provide essential nutrients for normal body functions such as body fat and muscle buildup. Vitamins are needed for normal cel...
Source: Food Science and Human Wellness - Category: Food Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 25 November 2019Source: Anaesthesia &Intensive Care MedicineAuthor(s): Stuart Young, Aravind BasavarajuAbstractThe majority of ophthalmic surgeries are performed as day cases under topical or regional anaesthesia with or without intravenous sedation. However, general anaesthesia is necessary in certain circumstances e.g. local anaesthetic allergy or patients who are unable to cooperate or to lie flat or still. Patients for ophthalmic surgery are frequently elderly with multiple comorbidities, such as diabetes and hypertension. Patients with rare genetic syndromes may present for eye s...
Source: Anaesthesia and intensive care medicine - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: research
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