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Myth or Fact: RA is a disease of old age

This is a MYTH. Although the incidence (the number of new cases in a given year) of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) increases in men and women until about the eighth decade of life, RA is not a disease of old age. Pack Health’s members with RA range from 22 to 74 years old. The incidence tends to peak earlier for women, who are most likely to be diagnosed [...]


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Pack Health / March, 24th 2016

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Is your weight impacting your health?

Obesity. It’s a yucky word with a social stigma, but it’s also a very real issue. It affects more than one-third of adults and 17% of youth in the US. No state currently has an adult obesity rate of less than 20%. Why does it matter? It’s increasing your risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, and ma [...]


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Pack Health / June, 20th 2016

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Can you get healthcare costs under control?

Anyone who has gone to a doctor understands that healthcare is expensive. Even with insurance, things like deductibles and coinsurance mean you are still on the hook for a lot of the bill. This is particularly true when you're living with a chronic condition. Unmanaged, you have to go to a lot of doctors, take a lot of medications and you risk having a prob [...]


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Pack Health / September, 05th 2016

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World Obesity Federation puts children first

Obesity. It’s a yucky word with a social stigma, but it’s also a very real issue. It affects more than one-third of adults and 17% of youth in the US. No state currently has an adult obesity rate of less than 20%. Why does it matter?  It’s increasing your risk for chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, and [...]


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Pack Health / October, 11th 2016

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The only thing we have to fear...

Fear CAN be helpful. It may motivate you to get out of scary situations, or change behaviors that have scary consequences. But how often does fear get in the way?  As a child on halloween, what if your fear of the neighbor’s jack-o-lanterns had kept you inside? If you’d been too afraid to trick or treat, you’d have missed a lot of fun! On a more s [...]


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Pack Health / October, 31st 2016

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The heart that gives, gathers

The spirit of giving involves thinking about other people’s needs, but did you know that helping is also good for your own health and happiness? According to a study at University of California, Berkeley(1999), people 55 and older who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those who didn't [...]


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Pack Health / November, 28th 2016

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Women's Health : Stay Healthy for Life!


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Pack Health / March, 07th 2017

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Diabetes Alert Day

Today the American Diabetes Association is promoting Diabetes Alert Day, which is a special day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is when the body cannot use insulin properly, which causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than normal.  It is extremely common in today’s world. Around 29.1 million Americ [...]


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Pack Health / March, 28th 2017

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Should you get tested for hepatitis C?

If you're a part of the baby boomer generation and haven't already had a test done, the answer is very likely yes. You might be thinking: "wait a second, are you assuming I had some wild teenage years where I injected drugs into my system?". There's a stereotype about who gets hepatitis C because injecting drugs so greatly increases your risk, but there are [...]


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Pack Health / May, 19th 2017

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5 Myths about MS

There are many misconceptions out there about Multiple Sclerosis, and the rapidly changing science surrounding the disease makes it hard to keep up. We’ve decided to bust a few of the most common myths to help you live a fuller life with MS. MYTH: People with MS should not be physically active. Experts used to believe that MS patients should shy away fro [...]


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Pack Health / May, 31st 2017

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How can we fight the stigma?

Every Friday at Pack Health we bring in experts for brown bag lunch-and-learns. We gather round to hear about their work, and discuss its applications to what we do here. We’ve heard from leaders in the fields of nutrition, physical therapy, social work, psychology, disease management, and more. Most recently, Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Ph.D., M.P.H --  a P [...]


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Pack Health / June, 22nd 2017

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Life After Cancer: We're here to help!

You did it! You beat cancer, and now you’re living as a survivor. Our members have taught us that as exciting as remission is, this new phase in your life can feel difficult or even scary at times- especially if you’re still having pain and fatigue. Here at Pack Health, we want to ensure that you are able to carry out the guidelines set out by American C [...]


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Pack Health / April, 14th 2016

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The Tough Stuff: Advanced Directives and Living Wills

Healthcare decisions are some of the trickiest decisions around, and often the most difficult ones must be made when we’re no longer capable of speaking for ourselves. This is where advanced directives and living wills come into play – defining what medical treatment you want or don’t want and designating a proxy to speak on your behalf in the even [...]


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Pack Health / April, 07th 2016

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Motivation Monday: Beat Diabetes

Every 23 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes. That adds up to over 400 million adults, with over 5 million annual deaths, costing over 670 billion dollars in healthcare costs. Today is World Diabetes Day, so let’s take a closer look: Screening is essential. For someone with diabetes, routine screenings such as foot checks and eye ex [...]


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Pack Health / November, 14th 2016

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Myth or Fact: There is no cure for hepatitis C

This is a MYTH. Medicines and treatments such as Harvoni and Solvadi have been tested and confirmed to cure hepatitis C.  Now, these newer hepatitis C drugs can be difficult to get due to the fact that they’re super-expensive. Market price for Harvoni is a shocking $1,125 per pill, or $94,500 for a 12-week course of treatment, and other new medic [...]


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Pack Health / April, 28th 2016

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Cherish Every Moment

Have you ever been told something you enjoy isn't healthy? Hamburgers, french fries, dessert, and television come to mind. We know it’s unhealthy to overindulge on fatty foods and binge-watch TV shows – we know this because it makes us sick. But denying ourselves things we enjoy in life can be unhealthy too. So how do we strike a balance? The real q [...]


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Pack Health / February, 01st 2016

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Less search, more solutions

We live in the age of information. For any question that pops into your head, any obstacle that stands in your way, you can access millions of articles, videos, and resources by simply typing into a search bar. When it comes to your health - your symptoms, your habits, your goals, your barriers -- there are a million tips, endless products, and a few promis [...]


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Pack Health / July, 13th 2017

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Tackling Psoriatic Arthritis

Pack Health just got funding to develop a program specifically for Psoriatic Arthritis, and we're very excited to offer you an early access pass! Enter your info to reserve your spot, and (assuming you like the idea of us building this program around your specific needs) go ahead and use the space below to let us know what goals you have when it comes to [...]


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Pack Health / July, 16th 2017

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Real talk roundup: Your RA questions answered

There's so much information out there on the internet, but sometimes we just want someone who's been through it to give us the "inside scoop" answer to our most pressing questions. A friend who's been through it, who gets real and opens up about their journey while acknowledging that on some things we may be different. A friend who's stories can help you fi [...]


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Pack Health / July, 21st 2017

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Arm Yourself with Knowledge

Psoriatic arthritis symptoms closely resemble those associated with other forms of arthritis. Let’s recap the general symptoms before we get specific. General symptoms of arthritis involve joints becoming painful, swollen, and warm to the touch. Psoriatic arthritis is more likely to also cause Swollen fingers and toes: Think of your fingers and toes be [...]


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Pack Health / July, 31st 2017

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3 things to know about Psoriatic Arthritis

Have you heard of psoriatic arthritis? It’s a close cousin of psoriasis, but it doesn’t affect the skin. Here’s what you need to know: 1. Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are cut from the same cloth: The connection between these diagnoses is well established: 30% of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis, and 80% of people diagnosed with [...]


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Pack Health / July, 25th 2017

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5 Ways to Feel Better with Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic Arthritis lives at the crossroads of itching related to psoriasis and stiffness from arthritis. It is a street corner that no one wants to end up at, but just because you find yourself at that intersection does not mean that you are stranded helpless. Knowing how to manage your symptoms during a flare up will make it easier to to adjust to living w [...]


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Pack Health / July, 24th 2017

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What makes specialty pharmacy so special?

Specialty pharmacy is a growing practice that most people don’t hear about until they are diagnosed with a rare or chronic condition, and some people don’t hear about it at all. So you might be wondering, what makes a pharmacy specialty?   Here are a few of the services specialty pharmacies offer that might not typically be offered by a normal pharmacy [...]


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Pack Health / August, 01st 2017

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Finding Help with the Cost of Medicine

Every day more and more Americans are struggling to cover their medication costs, which can lead to difficult choices between paying for food, housing, or prescriptions. Uninsured Americans face the most difficulty, often looking at extremely high medical bills and expenses they must cover on their own. Even people with insurance feel the pinch with high ded [...]


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Pack Health / August, 05th 2017

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Real Talk Round Up: Living with Joint Pain

 Truth is, all of us have dealt with pain at some point in our lives. But when your pain lasts for days on end and keeps you from doing things you enjoy, it can get isolating, overwhelming, and even (let’s call a spade a spade) depressing.  We’re here to tell you, you’re not alone. Today we’re rounding up some of our favorite bloggers’ stories a [...]


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Pack Health / September, 01st 2017