Month: March 2021

How enhanced broadband access can benefit rural communities

Much like electricity in the 1930s, internet connectivity is a modern necessity that many people take for granted. However, more than 21 million people, mostly in rural areas, don’t have essential access. For instance, slow internet access makes it hard for Matt Barnard, a farmer who grows corn and soybeans in Illinois, to use the …

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Clinical trials lead to better treatments for rare diseases

People living with rare diseases often find themselves with more questions than answers when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms can be unclear, making misdiagnoses common. This is often the case for people living with WHIM syndrome—a rare and difficult-to-diagnose disorder in which the body’s immune system does not function properly. Most people with …

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Navigating Challenges of Parkinson’s Disease: Understanding OFF Episodes

Living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be hard for the nearly 1 million Americans with the disease[i] and may present unexpected daily challenges. As the disease progresses, a person’s response to medications to treat their PD symptoms can change, leading to the re-emergence or worsening of PD symptoms between doses. These periods are known as …

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The right diagnosis for a rare disease

Aldelly always liked to wear heels — “even to the supermarket,” she says. But in 2013, when she was 25, she began to have difficulty walking in her favorite shoes. “My foot just started not working well.” She began to experience other strange symptoms, including weird pains in her body, fatigue and troubles with her …

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New survey reveals Americans feel unsafe during everyday activities

According to a new survey, routine activities are making people feel unsafe, including walking through a parking lot or garage or even taking a run. Conducted by SABRE, the #1 personal safety brand worldwide, via Ipsos.Digital, this new survey revealed that over the past three years more than 80% of Americans have, at some point, …

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Food insecurity on the rise in the United States since start of pandemic

Food insecurity, a serious global public health issue, has risen significantly in the United States since the start of the pandemic. Entire families, especially children, are currently experiencing the detrimental effects of this crisis which the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines as “a lack of financial resources for food for all members of …

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Don’t let COVID-19 stop you from seeking critical healthcare

Despite falling rates of COVID-19 cases, seeking in-person healthcare is still a concern for many people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 41% of U.S. adults had delayed or avoided medical care because of concerns about COVID-19. Nationally, emergency department visits declined from 2.1 million emergency department visits per week during the early …

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Healthy home: The correct way to clean your light switches and wallplates

In an effort to stay healthy and keep your home tidy, you’ve probably increased your cleaning frequency since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help limit the spread of germs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends regular cleaning of high-touch surfaces. Tabletops, desks, vanities, faucets and door handles often make this …

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Exploring the patient-caregiver relationship: The story of a family’s journey navigating a cancer diagnosis

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, life often changes drastically, with each person experiencing the impact differently. One change that can cause great uncertainty is an unexpected shift in relationships, especially with family or those closest to the patient. For some, the established family dynamic can quickly shift into a relationship of patient and caregiver. …

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