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December, 2018


New health insurance laws in Maryland taking effect regarding lymphedema aswell

Several other states, including California, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Virginia, mandate health insurance coverage for lymphedema, according to an analysis of the law by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services. North Carolina and Virginia specifically mandate coverage for equipment, supplies and self-management training. A December 2016 report prepared for the Maryland Health Care Commission found an estimated 7,400 fully insured people in the state had lymphedema in 2014. The report by NovaRest, Inc. also found that the mandate would not have a material impact on utilization or the total costRead More

New health insurance laws in Maryland taking effect regarding lymphedema aswell

  ANNAPOLIS, MD.  New laws in Maryland will require insurers to provide benefits for patients with certain health conditions, including high blood sugar levels that pose a risk for diabetes as well as a particular kind of chronic swelling. One law taking effect Tuesday expands coverage for equipment, supplies and self-management training to apply to elevated or impaired glucose levels caused by prediabetes. That’s a condition when blood sugar levels are elevated but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. The new mandate also will apply to treating impairedRead More

3 Warning Signs That You Are A Victim Of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)

If you are a victim of someone who has NPD, you might not even be aware. People with narcissistic personality disorder have a way of being able to control their victims through any means necessary. More often than not, people who are victims of narcissistic personality disorder believe that they are the root cause of the problem rather than the person displaying the abusive behavior. A narcissistic person will have an over exaggerated sense of confidence and importance in the world. They require much attention from their victims and fromRead More

Narcolepsy Drugs: Which One Is the Best?

  While there is no significant difference between the efficacy of sodium oxybate, modafinil, and pitolisant in the treatment of narcolepsy, the latter does have the best overall medical benefit, according to a new meta-analysis.   The researchers came to this conclusion after comparing the safety and efficacy of 3 drug treatments and 6 doses: sodium oxybate (6 g/d, and 9 g/d), modafinil (between 200 and 400 mg/d), and pitolisant (up to 20 mg/d, and up to 40 mg/d). The safety and efficacy of each had been previously determined through 14Read More

10 Causes Of Narcolepsy (Excessive Daytime Sleepiness)

Imagine suddenly falling asleep while having a conversation with someone or, worse, while driving, though you have had a good sleep the night before. Narcolepsy can mean exactly that and more. If you have this neurological problem, your brain can’t properly regulate your pattern of waking and sleeping. In people with normal sleep cycles, rapid eye movement sleep (REM, the dream phase) occurs after around 60 to 90 minutes, and the muscles go limp so that they don’t act out dreams. But in people with narcolepsy, REM starts within 15 minutes ofRead More

Sleeping with the Devil: 11 Signs to Look for When Having a Sex with a Narcissist

  Sex is an important part of a relationship, and in a healthy relationship, it helps us to connect with our lover on an intimate level. You explore vulnerabilities, imperfections, turn-ons, quirks, and sensuality. However, when in a relationship with a narcissistic lover, sex can feel very different. It can range from blissful, forceful, to disconnected, degrading, non-existent, to illegal. From a narcissist’s point of view, sex is a way to gain control; thus, regardless of how great the sex is, there is a hidden agenda. The agenda is toRead More

New therapies could treat tissue swelling that afflicts cancer surgery patients and others

The lymphatic system starts to grow before birth and is fully formed by soon afterward. However, adults can produce new lymphatic vessels, a process termed lymphangiogenesis, after injuries. The drug Rockson’s group is studying blocks a lipid molecule, known as leukotriene B4, that curbs this regrowth. As Rockson and his colleagues reported last year in Science Translational Medicine, lymphedema patients have high levels of the molecule. The scientists also found that low concentrations of the molecule induce new lymphatic vessels to sprout. Ubenimex knocks leukotriene B4’s concentration down to the progrowthRead More

8 things that can keep you trapped in a relationship with a narcissist

  It’s hard to walk away from a relationship you’ve put time and effort into. Sometimes it’s right to fight for your partner, while other times it’s best for you both to walk away. But when it comes to dangerous, toxic people, it’s even more difficult to know what to do. Narcissists — people with a grandiose sense of entitlement — are particularly damaging to be in a relationship with. They spin lies to keep you hooked, while they simultaneously chip away at your self-esteem. There are certain red flags to look outRead More

8 things that can keep you trapped in a relationship with a narcissist

4. Trauma bonding Therapist Shannon Thomas, author of “Healing from Hidden Abuse,” told INSIDER psychological abuse is insidious, and it occurs a over time like an IV drip of poison entering your veins. She said victims can become biologically attached to their abusers through something called “trauma bonding.” “You have this back and forth, and the body becomes addicted,” Thomas said. “When we’re looking for something that we want, that we once had, which is a connection with somebody, and they are playing cat and mouse where they are pulling itRead More

Bioimpedance Spectroscopy Associated With Early Detection of Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema

Breast cancer-related lymphedema can be detected early on with bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS), according to results of a study published in Cancer. BIS enables earlier detection of lymphedema than do other volumetric techniques, identifying even subclinical lymphedema, noted the study authors. The retrospective study of the use of BIS in monitoring for lymphedema was conducted from January 1, 2007, through December 31, 2016, at an Australian clinic. Women either received traditional referral-based monitoring (beginning more than 90 days after breast cancer surgery; n=285) or were placed in an early surveillance group, receivingRead More