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Lifestyle Intervention Helps People Taking Antipsychotic Medications Lose Weight and Reduce Diabetes Risk

People with serious mental illnesses already at higher risk for obesity; medications that control their symptoms often lead to additional weight gain

People taking antipsychotic medications for serious mental illnesses lost significant amounts of weight and improved their glucose levels by participating in a lifestyle-change program, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online in the American Journal o

Foot Care Professionals Call for Increased Investment in Prevention

Two-thirds of amputations nationwide are paid for by Medicare – but reimbursement for basic foot care services is complex

People with diabetes are 50 times more likely to develop a foot ulcer than those without, and diabetes-related foot problems are a leading cause of hospital admissions among people with diabetes. It’s the number one cause of medical amputations, which run a total cost of $80,000, including the surgery itself, wound care, prosthetic fitting and follow up treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

House Passes Bill to Help Diabetic Women; Cancer Screening Money in Flux

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A bill passed the House that eliminates copays for the additional costs that diabetic women face when pregnant, while the budget committee is struggling to determine how much tax money is needed to screen uninsured women for breast and cervical cancer. Both bills were initiatives of the Oregon Women’s Health and Wellness Alliance.

 

June 28, 2013 — The House passed a bill that will require insurance companies to cover the prenatal medical needs of diabetic women at no extra cost during pregnancy.

Casey Eye Institute to Provide Free Vision Screenings as Part of Pacific Northwest Diabetes Health and Wellness Week

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Circle on the Court event provides the community with valuable services and resources targeting diabetes

November 7, 2012 --­– Linda Stronzinsky has been diabetic for 20 years. She's a part-time cashier and is barely making ends meet – and she has no health insurance. And, until she visited the Casey Eye Institute's Outreach Van this year, her eyes hadn't been examined for 12 years.

Kaiser Member Upset Over Hospital Charges

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But after receiving a complaint, the Oregon Insurance Division insists the claim was processed correctly

October 11, 2012 -- Susan Chaney is convinced insurance companies are some of the highest profiting companies in America at the expense of people such as herself who deserve the right to affordable healthcare.

She spoke out after her husband, Jerry, a diabetic, was hospitalized at Kaiser Sunnyside in January for a foot ulcer that had gone undiagnosed.

After receiving the bill, Chaney realized their deductible and co-insurance hadn’t been met. That, she said, was never the issue.

Environmental Health Conference Focuses on How Toxic Chemicals Influence Obesity

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Known as obesogens, these chemicals influence weight gain by disrupting hormones that drive appetite and physical activity

February 17, 2012 -- Next time you struggle to put down that extra slice of pizza or get off the couch you might not feel so guilty about your lack of motivation, but new research suggests you may want to consider the role the environment may have played in your eating habits.

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