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2018 Top 10 Patient Leader Heroes

There are thousands of Patient Leader Heroes working day in and day out to educate, raise awareness and support their patient community. The WEGO Health Awards give us the chance to recognize Patient Leaders across all condition areas and platforms, to ultimately find the top Patient Leaders in each space. To recognize the Patient Leaders community members endorsed, we’ve compiled the 2018 Top 10 Patient Leaders in each category.  These are a particularly special group of Patient Leaders. Their dedication is igniting change and their impact is indisputable. They embody the spirit of a healthcare influencer and continue to go above and beyond for their communities. These Patient Leaders are truly the heroes of the online health community. 


Kristal Kent

Fibromyalgia Patient Leader

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Fluoride varnish- Why is it better

Our children are the apple of our eyes and as parents, we go to any extent to provide the best for them. How about adding an extra layer of protection to their cute set of pearly whites! If you have ever given a serious thought on this, it is time for you to take your child for a fluoride varnish application session.

Fluoride varnish- Why is it better

Fluoride varnish- Why is it better

One must realize that oral health is an essential factor to maintain overall health. Oral health comes from healthy gums and teeth. Hence, we strive to inculcate good oral hygiene habits in our children right in the childhood. The first dental visit of your child should be planned around his/her first birthday. During this visit, your dentist will recommend you for fluoride varnish treatment...

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CVS Begins Testing of All Vitamins, Supplements

Testing of All Vitamins

Testing of All Vitamins

May 15, 20-19 — CVS Pharmacy is launching a new program that will require all of its vitamins and supplements — in-store and online — to be tested by a third party, so it can make sure label information is correct and guard against contamination.The move, the first of its kind by as major U.S. retailer, comes amid rising concerns that vitamins and supplements are poorly regulated. While the FDA does keep an eye on vitamins and supplements after they hit the market, the agency is not required to screen their contents to make sure they’re correct — and the agency can take them off the market only if they’re proven to be unsafe, misbranded, or if the manufacturer claims the product cures disease.

That’s why CVS started the “Tested to Be Trusted” program — to give...

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Why can’t the world be like Hawaii?

Why can’t the world be like Hawaii?

Why can’t the world be like Hawaii?

When I was a kid, if I were told that I’d be writing a book about diet and nutrition when I was older, let alone having been doing a health related radio show for over 36 years, I would’ve thought that whoever told me that was out of their mind. Living in Newark, New Jersey, my parents and I consumed anything and everything that had a face or a mother except for dead, rotting, pig bodies, although we did eat bacon (as if all the other decomposing flesh bodies were somehow miraculously clean). Going through high school and college it was no different. In fact, my dietary change did not come until I was in my 30’s.

Just to put things in perspective, after I graduated from Weequahic High School and before going to Seton Hall University, I had a part-tim...

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Hospital Patients and ‘Superbugs’

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — If you weren’t already worried enough about what germs lurk in hospitals, a new study shows ‘superbugs’ are common on patients and the things they touch.

Even worse, these bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics, the researchers added.

“Hand hygiene narrative has largely focused on physicians, nurses and other frontline staff, and all the policies and performance measurements have centered on them, and rightfully so,” said study leader Dr. Lona Mody. She is a geriatrician, epidemiologist and patient safety researcher at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor.

“But our findings make an argument for addressing transmission of [superbugs] in a way that involves patients, too,” Mody added in a university news release.

In the study, researcher...

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Kids ER Trips Double

Kids ER Trips Double

Kids ER Trips Double

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — About 100 kids a day are rushed to U.S. emergency rooms after accidentally swallowing a toy piece, battery, magnet or other foreign object, according to new research.

That’s almost twice as many as in the mid-1990s.

“The sheer number of these injuries is cause for concern,” said Dr. Danielle Orsagh-Yentis, lead author of the study published in the May issue of Pediatrics.

It reported that ER visits among kids under age 6 due to accidental ingestion rose by an average of more than 4% every year between 1995 and 2015.

Over that period, an estimated 800,000 kids in that age group were treated after swallowing foreign objects. Coins are the main culprit, followed by jewelry, batteries and toy parts.

In 1995, there were about 9 ca...

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Get a Grip on Arthritis!

This post has been compensated by The Arthritis Foundation but all thoughts and opinions are from an individual not connected to the foundation.

Did you know that arthritis is the #1 leading cause of disability among adults in the U.S.? Because one in four Americans have arthritis, you probably know a friend or loved one who lives with the disease, after all, 81% of Americans have or know someone with arthritis.

Here are a few facts I bet you didn’t realize about arthritis:

  • More than 54 million Americans have arthritis.
  • However, arthritis isn’t just an “elderly disease.” Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children.
  • By new estimates, 1 in 3 people age 18-64 have arthritis.
  • By 2040, the number of U.S...
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