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Medical Websites

The Internet is a great source of information for you to use in managing your healthcare or the healthcare of a loved one. It can also be a good way to locate the support resources you need as a patient or caregiver. Below is a list of links which we hope will help...

Alzheimers

Overview and Facts Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. In Alzheimer’s disease, healthy brain tissue degenerates, causing a steady...

Arthritis

Overview and Facts Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Symptoms and Facts If you have arthritis, you may experience: Joint pain Joint...

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Overview and Facts What is ALS?  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” is a progressive and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease. ALS attacks the nerve cells (neurons) that control voluntary muscles causing...

Asthma

Overview and Facts Asthma occurs when the airways in your lungs (bronchial tubes) become inflamed and constricted. The muscles of the bronchial walls tighten, and your airways produce extra mucus that blocks your airways. Signs and symptoms of asthma range from minor...

Breast Cancer

Overview and Facts Breast cancer is a cancer that starts in the tissues of the breast. There are two main types of breast cancer: Ductal carcinoma starts in the tubes (ducts) that move milk from the breast to the nipple. Most breast cancers are of this type. Lobular...

COPD

Overview and Facts Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it increasingly difficult for you to breathe. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the two main conditions that make up COPD, but COPD can...

Cystic Fibrosis

Overview and Facts Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. It is one of the most common type of chronic lung disease in children and young adults, and may result in early death.   Symptoms...

Diabetes

Overview and Facts Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery,...

Epilepsy

Overview and Facts Epilepsy is a disorder that results from the generation of electrical signals inside the brain, causing recurring seizures. Seizure symptoms vary. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others have...

Glaucoma

Symptoms and Types Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness in the United States. There are four major types of glaucoma: Angle-closure (acute) glaucoma Congenital glaucoma Open-angle (chronic) glaucoma Secondary glaucoma All four types of glaucoma are...

Hepatitis C

Overview and Facts Hepatitis C is an infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation. Most people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have no symptoms. In fact, most people don’t know they have the hepatitis C infection until...

Hypertension

Overview and Facts Hypertension is the term used to describe high blood pressure. Blood pressure measurements are the result of the force of the blood produced by the heart and the size and condition of the arteries. Blood pressure readings are measured in millimeters...

Lymphedema

Overview and Facts Lymphedema means swelling of the lymph passages. Lymphedema, also called Lymphatic obstruction, is a chronic disease involving blockage of the lymph nodes.  Lymph nodes vessels drain fluid from tissues throughout the body and allow immune cells to...

Menopause

Overview and Facts Menopause is the transition period in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether.   Symptoms and Types In some...

Mesothelioma

Overview and Facts Definition- What is Mesothelioma? Malignant mesothelioma (me-zoe-thee-lee-O-muh) is a rare but aggressive cancer affecting the thin layer of tissue that covers the majority of your internal organs (mesothelium) especially the membrane lining of the...

Multiple Sclerosis

Overview and Facts Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially debilitating disease in which your body’s immune system eats away at the protective sheath that covers your nerves. This interferes with the communication between your brain and the rest of your body....

Muscular Dystrophy

Overview and Facts Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of inherited muscle diseases in which muscle fibers are unusually susceptible to damage. Muscles, primarily voluntary muscles, become progressively weaker. In the late stages of muscular dystrophy, fat and...

Obesity

Overview and Facts Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. The terms also identify ranges of weight that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases...

Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis? How much do you know about Osteoporosis? Take our Quiz! Osteoporosis is a disease in which the density and quality of bone are reduced, leading to weakness of the skeleton and increased risk of fracture, particularly of the spine, wrist, hip,...

Parkinson’s Disease

Overview and Facts Parkinson’s disease develops gradually, often starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also commonly causes a slowing or freezing of...

Post-Polio Syndrome

Overview and Facts Post-Polio Syndrome or PPS is a condition that affects polio survivors sometimes many years after having polio. Other common names for the disease are: Polio, Late Effects Post-Polio Sequelae Post-Poliomyelitis syndrome Post-Polio Muscular Atrophy...

Sleep Apnea

Overview and Facts Sleep apnea, a disruption of breathing while asleep, is a deceiving sleep disorder – 90% of people who have sleep apnea don’t know that they have it!  Although episodes of choking or gasping for air might occur hundreds of times...

Spinal Cord Injury

What is Spinal Cord Injury? A spinal cord injury usually begins with a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures or dislocates vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury when displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments bruise or tear into...

Spina Bifida

Overview and Facts Spina Bifida is broader term for a birth defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. Spina bifida includes any birth defect involving insufficient closure of the spine. Spina bifida occulta is a condition in which the...

Traumatic Brain Injury

Overview and Facts Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue....

Medicare Supplier Standards

Below is a summary of the standards Medicare requires of home medical equipment suppliers. As an approved Medicare provider, our company meets or exceeds all of these standards. A supplier must be in compliance with all applicable Federal and State licensure and...

Guide to Medicare Coverage

Who qualifies for Medicare benefits? Individuals 65 years of age or older Individuals under 65 with permanent kidney failure (beginning three months after dialysis begins), or Individuals under 65, permanently disabled and entitled to Social Security benefits...