Creating a Support Network Do’s

Whether you live with family or live on your own having a support network is one of the key ingredients to living with a long-term or chronic illness. There are different types of support that can make up your support network and each type is just as important. There is practical support, which helps you…

Top 5 Halloween Movies for Chronic Illness Sufferers

When suffering from a chronic illness, you may search for ways to momentarily forget the pain you experience. A scary movie can be a great way to concentrate on that character with the hockey mask or the boogeyman who comes out in dreams instead of the pain you face daily. A mind adventure with a…

The Dangers of Misdiagnosing Lyme Disease & using Unproven Treatments

Lyme Disease is a condition that is fairly well-known. With cases continuing to rise across the United States over the past few years, many are wondering if Lyme disease is being correctly diagnosed. We know that Lyme Disease is caused by an infection from a specific tick and the symptoms vary and usually appear in…

Exercise & Lyme Disease

Not surprisingly, exercise is a great way to manage, control and treat some diseases and Lyme disease is no exception. Let’s go over what Lyme disease is first. Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria by the name Borrelia burgdorferi. The bacteria is transmitted to humans from a bite from a specific type of tick…

Living with Osteoarthritis: Life Changes and the Importance of a Support Group

Most of us have probably heard about arthritis before and know what it’s all about. Although there are numerous types of arthritis, there is one that currently affects approximately 27 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints and is the most chronic disease of the joints. It mainly affects the knee,…

Gout: Managing Flare-Ups at Home

Chronic illness sufferers have become all too acquainted to living with chronic pains. And, gout sufferers are no exception. Few things are more painful than a joint that is red, inflamed, swollen, and radiating heat, during a gout flare-up. Once started these flare-ups are nearly impossible to stop, but you can try to ease your…

How Disease Staging Improves Treatment

George Wu is an accomplished surgeon, informaticist, and healthcare business consultant. A leader in innovation for health information technology, George has joined Peer Health as a Clinical Advisor. Greg McKelvey Jr. is also a physician joining Peer Health as a Clinical Advisor. As a current Fellow in medicine and informatics at the University of Washington,…

Why Being Health Literate Matters

George Wu is an accomplished surgeon, informaticist, and healthcare business consultant. A leader in innovation for health information technology, George has joined Peer Health as a Clinical Advisor. Greg McKelvey Jr. is also a physician joining Peer Health as a Clinical Advisor. As a current Fellow in medicine and informatics at the University of Washington,…

How Climate Change Affects Lyme Disease

The Lyme Disease epidemic is larger than AIDS, West Nile Virus, and Avian Flu combined.1 Despite being the largest growing vector-borne infectious disease in the United States,2 receiving a diagnosis for Lyme is incredibly difficult. Widely divergent views of the condition exist, making treatment complex and controversial. At this point in time, a vaccination or…

Hospital Bills-Shock & Awe!

Karen Curtiss is the founder of CampaignZERO: Families for Patient Safety, and author of Safe & Sound in the Hospital: Must-Have Checklists and Tools. Both resources share “insider tips” about what to say and do to get safe hospital care. Now, she joins Peer Health as the Patient Safety Advisor. After a hospital stay, bills…