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How is a donor kidney matched with a possible recipient?
The body has a complex system for telling its own parts from foreign parts. To fool the body into accepting the donor kidney, doctors try to match the donor and recipient for a blood protein called human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type. A good match is most important when using a kidney from a living...
How is a recipient for a deceased donor kidney chosen?
Federal law says that kidneys should be given out in a fair and efficient way. In the current system, a national list contains the names and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types of people who need cadaver kidneys. When a kidney donor's kidneys become available, doctors check the list to see whose...
Long term care is any kind of personal care provided on an extended basis for people who need help with certain activities of daily living. It can include feeding, bathing, dressing, etc., and it can be provided at home, in a community center, an assisted care facility or in a nursing home.
Does insurance or government programs cover long-term care?
Unfortunately, long term care services are not adequately covered by most types of insurance or government programs. Medicare often covers some nursing care, but for a limited time. Medicaid steps in and pays for nursing home care only after most of your money is gone. A Certified Financial Planner...
Can I get health insurance coverage if I have diabetes?
Employer sponsored group health insurance plans are not allowed to turn you down based on your health status. Some employers require newly hired employees to take and pass a physical exam (or to fill out a health questionnaire) before enrolling in health coverage.
Individual health insurance policies,...
What can I do if I can't afford diabetes test strips?
People without health insurance can check with a local community center or clinic to see if they can obtain free or reduced-cost test strips. Unfortunately, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is not aware of any manufacturer that offers a compassionate use program for test strips.
In hemodialysis, an artificial kidney removes waste from the blood. A surgeon must first create an "access," a place where blood can easily be taken from the body and sent to the artificial kidney for cleaning. The access, usually in the forearm, can be made from the patient's own blood vessels or...
Should I wear a hearing aid if I have a hearing problem?
Hearing aids are getting smaller and smaller. It is unlikely anyone will notice when you are wearing them. The truth is, people are more likely to notice your hearing loss. People who don't treat their hearing problems can become depressed and try to avoid their friends. On the other hand, studies...