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Inadequate Mental Health Care for Blacks with Depression and Diabetes, High Blood Pressure

HBNS STORY | July 24, 2014

A new study in General Hospital Psychiatry confirms that Blacks with depression plus another chronic medical condition, such as Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, do not receive adequate mental health treatment.

More Patient Education, Not Physician Training, Helps Control Diabetes

HBNS STORY | May 8, 2014

Teaching people with diabetes how to control their blood glucose levels, not their doctors, helps them achieve better results, finds a new study in Ethnicity and Disease.

Weight Loss Efforts Start Well, but Lapse Over Time

HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014

Learning you have an obesity-related disease motivates many to start a weight loss program, but troubling health news is often not enough to sustain weight loss efforts, finds new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

More Chronically Ill People Use Online Health Resources – but They're Not So Social, Pew Finds

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 13, 2014 | Jane Sarasohn Kahn

Getting and being sick changes everything in your life, and that includes how you manage your health. For people focused on so-called patient engagement, health empowerment, and social networking in health, the elephant in the room is that most people simply don't self-track health via digital means...

Minorities and Poor More Likely to Suffer from Restless Sleep and Chronic Diseases

HBNS STORY | December 17, 2013

The poor and minorities tend to suffer from poor sleep and chronic disease more often, but sleep does not appear to be a root cause of disease disparity, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.

For Many People with Diabetes, Lifestyle Changes Trump Medications

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 21, 2013 | Milly Dawson

Three key patient engagement themes emerged from this year's 'Diabetes + Innovation 2013' conference in Washington, D.C., organized by Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School...

Reducing Obesity: It Takes a Village

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 20, 2013 | Trudy Lieberman

During my recent visit to Canada, I had a chance to meet obesity expert and medical director of Canada's Bariatric Medicine Institute, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. What he had to say was somewhat surprising...

For People With Diabetes, Aggressive Blood Pressure Goals May Not Help

HBNS STORY | November 12, 2013

For people with diabetes and high blood pressure, keeping blood pressure levels lower than the standard recommended offered no benefits, finds a review in The Cochrane Library.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | October 11, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

In this week's health news: Patient-doctor relationship affects diabetes care | Women in Appalachia at risk for late stage breast cancer | People with asthma need not fear exercise | Treating depression helps some smokers quit...

Trusting Their Doctor Helps People Manage Diabetes

HBNS STORY | September 26, 2013

Having trust in one’s physician has been correlated with better adherence to diabetes self-care, finds a new study in the American Journal of Health Behavior.

High Lifetime Costs for Type 2 Diabetes

HBNS STORY | August 8, 2013

A person with type 2 diabetes spends on average more than $85,000 treating the disease and its complications over their lifetime, according to a recent study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

It’s Medicare Versus Medical Supplier in Controlling Costs

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 25, 2013 | Trudy Lieberman

On July 1, Medicare begins a second round of competitive bidding for medical equipment and supplies, such as diabetes testing strips that beneficiaries use to check their blood sugar levels. There’s nothing remarkable about any of this except that the industry is fighting to make sure that competitive bidding does not happen...

Father Knows Best

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 14, 2013 | Red Maxwell

Unlike network television, life with diabetes can't be solved within reasonable time limits. It takes perseverance, patience and huge helpings of hope.

Diabetes: Computer Based Interventions Provide Limited Support

HBNS STORY | March 28, 2013

Self-management interventions delivered by computer and mobile phone currently provide limited benefits for people with diabetes, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | March 7, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

Recent health behavior research news stories: Friendships Are Good for Our Health | Obesity Lowers Quality of Life in Boys | Health Centers Have High Satisfaction Rates | Diabetes + Depression Increases Risk of Death

Diabetes + Depression = Increased Risk of Death

HBNS STORY | February 13, 2013

People living with diabetes who also have untreated depression are at increased risk of death, according to a recent evidence review in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Finding Treatment Information

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

Want to find out more about the treatments your doctors suggest? Here are some resources for doing your research and comparing your options.

Handling Treatment Side Effects

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.

Should I Get a Second Opinion?

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

Different doctors can suggest different diagnoses or ways to treat your illness. Here’s how to decide whether you should get a second opinion.

Organize Your Health Care

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Organize Your Health Care

Make Good Treatment Decisions

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Make Good Treatment Decisions

We must understand what our treatment choices are and their risks and benefits.

Participate in Your Treatment

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.

Prepared Patient: Chronic Conditions: When Do You Call the Doctor?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 24, 2012 | Health Behavior News Service

The signs are everywhere - prescriptions doled out into weekly reminder boxes, blood glucose monitors in a desk drawer, maybe even an adrenaline injection pen stashed in a diaper bag for allergy emergencies. From high cholesterol to HIV, millions of Americans have a medical condition that they manage mostly on their own.

Communicate With Your Doctors

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Communicate With Your Doctors

You and your doctor need accurate information from each other. Open communication with your doctor is one of the most important factors in getting and staying healthy.

People with Multiple Chronic Illnesses Have Trouble Coordinating Care

HBNS STORY | March 29, 2012

Younger patients and those with several chronic illnesses are more likely to report difficulties with care coordination than older patients with just one chronic illness, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Diabetes: 'Valuable Truths about Food and Consequences'

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | February 13, 2012 | Conversation Continues

From celebrity chefs, to health news journalists, to the National Institutes of Health people are talking about the increasing rate of diabetes, what causes it, and what to do about it.

Study Illuminates Ethnic Disparities in Diabetes and Cognitive Impairment

HBNS STORY | January 31, 2012

A new study finds that decreasing the disparities in rates of type 2 diabetes among Whites, Blacks and Hispanics could eliminate some racial and ethnic disparities in the development of cognitive impairment or dementia. Prior research has shown that type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for all forms of major cognitive impairment, including Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study in Ethnicity & Disease.

Electronic Health Records Could Improve Care for Type 2 Diabetics

HBNS STORY | January 24, 2012

Use of electronic health records shows promise for improving care and outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes, but still has considerable room for improvement, according to a new study in the journal Health Services Research.

For Diabetics Not on Insulin, Self-Monitoring Blood Sugar Has No Benefit

HBNS STORY | January 19, 2012

For type 2 diabetics who are not on insulin, monitoring their blood sugar does little to control blood sugar levels over time and may not be worth the effort or expense, according to a new evidence review in The Cochrane Library.

1st Person: Small Steps: Adapting to New Technology for Better Health

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 12, 2012 | First Person

Joan Reder, a person with diabetes, spends her days working as a medical transcriptionist, so you might assume she'd be pretty comfortable with anything involving medicine. But recently, the 59 year-old was faced with the daunting prospect of converting from her familiar daily insulin injections to an insulin pump, which would continuously monitor her blood glucose and deliver insulin to her body when needed.

Ethnic Differences in Appointment Keeping Affect Health of Diabetes Patients

HBNS STORY | October 27, 2011

Ethnic differences in appointment keeping may be an important factor in poor health outcomes among some minority patients with diabetes, according to a new study.

Dieting Beats Exercise for Diabetes Prevention, Combination Is Best

HBNS STORY | August 30, 2011

A new study suggests that to prevent diabetes in postmenopausal women, dietary weight loss alone is effective while exercise alone is not effective, and both together are best of all.

Technical Difficulties: Houston, We Have a Problem'

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 25, 2011 | Patient Perspectives

Advances in health technology have meant that many illnesses now come with electronic devices used to detect, measure, or alleviate them. But, even the newest instrument can be problematic. Here, four patients share their tech-related stories.

With Diabetes, Untreated Depression Can Lead to Serious Eye Disease

HBNS STORY | July 28, 2011

Patients with diabetes who also suffer from depression are more likely to develop a serious complication known as diabetic retinopathy, a disease that damages the eye’s retina, a five-year study finds.

Accommodations for Chronic Conditions

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | July 25, 2011 | Patient Perspectives

In addition to managing the physical and mental symptoms that so often come along with an illness or impairment, those who are ill sometimes must also cope with discrimination. From food allergies to wheelchair accessibility ' here are patients' perspectives.

1st Person: You Can Do This

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 29, 2011 | First Person

With over 60 You Can Do This videos collected so far, diabetic Kim Vlasnik of Texting My Pancreas uses YouTube to encourage and support people with diabetes.

Taking Diabetes Medication Helps Lower Medical Costs, Slightly

HBNS STORY | March 18, 2011

A new study shows that diabetes patients who do a better job of taking their medication have slightly lower health care costs.

Staying a Step Ahead of Diabetes

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 10, 2011 | Patient Perspectives

This week's roundup features a collection of patient voices from around the web including: DiabetesMine's Amy Tenderich, D-Mom Leighann Calentine, and a perspective on shared decision making.

Dialysis Center Choice Makes Difference in Death Risk

HBNS STORY | December 9, 2010

A large study found that patients in certain large chain facilities are significantly more likely to die than those treated elsewhere. Mortality was also higher in for-profit than non-profit dialysis centers.

Conversation Continues: Living with Chronic Illness - Julian Seifter's Wise Guidance

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 8, 2010 | CFAH Staff

Jim Sabin, MD, offers his take on Dr. Seifter's insights about living with a chronic illness.

Limiting Salt Lowers Blood Pressure and Health Risks in Diabetes

HBNS STORY | December 7, 2010

For patients living with diabetes, reducing the amount of salt in their daily diet is key to warding off serious threats to their health, a new review of studies finds.

Childhood, Teenage Abuse Raises Diabetes Risk in Women

HBNS STORY | November 9, 2010

A new study of nearly 70,000 women found a clear association between abuse in childhood and adolescence and the risk of type 2 diabetes in adult women.

South Asians in US at Higher Diabetes Risk Than Other Asian Immigrants

HBNS STORY | September 21, 2010

Team Approach to Foot Care Lowers Risk of Amputation in Diabetes

HBNS STORY | August 19, 2010

Large Gap in Diabetes, Obesity Screening Among U.S. Health Clinics

HBNS STORY | June 22, 2010

Dental Treatment Might Lower Glucose Levels in Type 2 Diabetes

HBNS STORY | May 11, 2010

Teens With Diabetes Might Need Help in Transition to Adulthood

HBNS STORY | April 6, 2010

Insulin Pumps Might Have Slight Advantage Over Shots in Type 1 Diabetes

HBNS STORY | January 17, 2010