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Q: My husband doesn't take his medications as he should. What can I do?

A: Some reasons many patients are non-compliant with their medications include: forgetfulness (they forget to take it or get it refilled), they don't like the side effects, or they don't understand what the medication is for and how to take it.

Other factors that interfere with medication management include, poor vision, being unable to open medication bottles, not understanding how to use them, or the cost.

To improve medication management try;

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Q. My husband works long days and I worry about him driving home tired. What are his risks?

A. Studies have shown that drowsiness effects result in slower reaction times, impaired judgment and vision, decline in attention to important signs, road changes, and the actions of other vehicles, decreased alertness, which can prevent someone from seeing an obstacle and avoiding a crash, increased moodiness and aggressive behavior, problems with processing information and short-term memory, microsleeping, which are brief two-thirds of a second sleep episodes. Drowsy driving claims many lives and injures thousands of Americans each year.

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Q: Can a foot examination reveal Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?

A: Podiatrists have the ability to discover indications of PAD in a foot exam before serious problems occur. PAD is a narrowing or clogging of arteries in the legs caused by plaque. Due to the blocking of blood vessels in the legs, patients with PAD are more prone to foot complications. Cuts, sores, or blisters will be slow to heal due to the lack of blood flow. Early signs of PAD and diabetes can be detected. It is important that pain in the feet and legs not be ignored, but rather discussed with your podiatrist.

Common signs of PAD include:

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Q. As a coach, how can I keep my athletes safe during practice at the end of this summer?

A. While working with athletes keep in mind that in addition to making your practices productive, you need to help protect them against potential injuries. A few key factors for coaches to remember in the summer months: 1. Provide athletes multiple fluid breaks as they will dehydrate easily during conditioning. Remember, participants will need to increase fluids and the number of breaks if they are training outdoors in the intense summer heat. While training outdoors you must be aware of the temperature and the increased risk for a heat related illness. Also remember sun screen. 2.

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Q. I am tired all the time and a co-worker says a lack of sleep can cause more serious health problems later in life, is this true?

A. Getting the proper amount of sleep is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being and is just as important to the body as food and water. Sleep needs change over a person’s lifetime. Children and adolescents need more sleep than adults, typically 10-11 hours, while adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

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Q. My husband was just referred for pulmonary rehab. What does that involve?

Q. My husband was just referred for pulmonary rehab. What does that involve?

A. Pulmonary rehab is a treatment plan for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a restrictive lung disease or other ongoing breathing problems. It is tailored to meet each patient's individual needs with the goal of improving their quality of life for someone with on-going breathing problems.
Rehab plans may cover:

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My father and I have diabetes. I've heard about programs where we can learn how to manage our diabetes. Will Medicare cover this for Dad? Will my insurance cover it?

Q. My father and I have diabetes. I've heard about programs where we can learn how to manage our diabetes. Will Medicare cover this for Dad? Will my insurance cover it?

A. It sounds like you have heard about Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT). These programs help patients discover how to live safely with diabetes day by day. They learn about balanced eating, exercise, foot care, blood sugar testing, and much more.

The American Diabetes Association urges everyone with diabetes to attend DSMT.

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I'm caring for my grandmother who is diabetic and doesn't move around much. How do I prevent bed sores?

Q. I'm caring for my grandmother who is diabetic and doesn't move around much. How do I prevent bed sores?

A. This can be challenging, but there are some things you can do:

Pay attention to her overall health: People with chronic wounds often have other underlying conditions such as diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, vascular disease or radiation injuries.

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