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Two programs may trigger a reduction in Medicare payments to a hospital-based on performance goals. The Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program rates performance in five monitored hospital-acquired conditions. The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) rates performance in six monitored 30-day readmission rates.
Some people are born with abnormal (mutated) inherited genes, which may increase their risk of breast cancer and other cancers. Genetic testing for breast cancer is available for specific known gene mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
People with breast cancer and certain other cancers, a history of breast cancer, and a family history of certain cancers may be referred for genetic testing.
Genetic counseling before and after genetic testing is highly recommended to understand what the test wil...
Sickle cell Disease (SCD), also called sickle cell anemia, is an inherited red blood cell disorder in which the hemoglobin is abnormally shaped. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries and delivers oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Normal red blood cells are round and pass easily through blood vessels.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is caused by an abnormal, inherited gene that causes the hemoglobin in red blood cells to be sickle-shaped, stiff, and sticky.
A study published in July 2022 in Neurology, a journal from the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that eating whole foods might decrease dementia risk. The research was done on 72,083 adults over age 55 with no dementia at baseline in the UK Biobank.
"Our research not only found that ultra-processed foods are associated with an increased risk of dementia, but it also found replacing them with healthy options may decrease dementia risk."
The authors investigated the association between u...
Gastric Antral Vascular Ectasia (GAVE), also known as watermelon stomach, is a rare cause of bleeding from the stomach lining.
Melatonin, a hormone produced in your brain, aids in enhancing sleep. It is commonly used by adults for short-term sleeping problems, including jet lag – but is it safe for children?
Occupational post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may occur when a worker is exposed to traumatic events. Some occupations at high risk for developing occupational PTSD are the military, police officers, EMS, firefighters, and healthcare professionals.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), PTSD may occur when someone experiences or witnesses an event and believes there is a threat to their life, a threat of injury, or a threat to their safety, and subsequently experience...
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea is the second most common STI reported in the United States (U.S.) after chlamydia. In 2018, the CDC estimated over one million new cases, and since gonorrhea is often without symptoms, this may be a fraction of the actual number of cases. Untreated gonorrhea can cause severe complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, and infertility.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most reported STI in the United States (U.S.), and the CDC estimates over four million cases in 2018. This infection often has no symptoms and, left untreated, can cause serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.
Chlamydia prevalence in the U.S.
In 2018, the CDC estimated over four million cases of ch...
Depression is a treatable medical condition, but it is not a normal part of getting older. However, older adults are at a higher risk for depression, which is also more common in people with chronic health conditions. You can avoid depression by living a healthy life: eating well, getting enough sleep, doing activities you enjoy, and keeping in touch with loved ones.
What is depression?
Depression is an illness that requires medical treatment. The symptoms of depression affect how you feel, t...
What is the difference between STI (sexually transmitted infection) and STD (sexually transmitted disease)? STI is an infection, and STD is a disease. The point at which you develop symptoms is when an STI becomes an STD.
Does it matter which term is used? No. But, if you are sexually active, you need to know when to get tested as well as recognize what symptoms may occur. Learning this information will help you protect your sexual health.
Infection or disease?
All STDs start as STIs.
Protecting yourself from monkeypox begins with understanding what monkeypox is, how it spreads, who is most at risk, and how exposure happens. Avoid close contact with infected people, their clothing & bedding, and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) if touch is required to care for someone infected with monkeypox, and wash your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you are sexually active, practice safer sex.
What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a viral infectio...
People infected with COVID-19 usually fully recover in a few weeks. Some people infected with COVID might have severe symptoms, and some have mild or no symptoms. Meanwhile one out of every five to 10 people infected with COVID are affected by a condition called long COVID. As the virus that causes COVID is relatively new, not everything is known yet about long COVID and there is ongoing research to learn more.
What is long COVID?
People who do not get entirely well a month or more after havi...
5 ways to protect you and your loved ones from sunburn
Sunburn is skin damage from spending too much time outdoors without protection of sunscreen. Sunburn can cause redness, blisters, pain, swelling, headache, fever, chills, and weakness, with dry and itching skin that peels days after the sunburn. The symptoms of sunburn usually get better in 3-5 days, however, the damage to the skin build up over time and speeds up aging and increases the risk of getting skin cancer. Skin cancer is the mos...