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Smoking Cessation Programs: Pasco-Hernando Community College is partnering with the Gulfcoast North Section Health Education Center and the Hernando County Health Department to provide a free six-week program for those interested in quitting tobacco use.

Loudoun Hospital Nears 100-Year Mark

Above all, it is told through the reminiscences of those it touched-doctors, nurses, pharmacists, Ladies Scantling members, hospital trustees and medical directors, administrators and top superintendence, support staff, counselors and patients.

Niles Community Calendar for Jan. 19, 2012

Center counselors also are at to help eligible residents apply for Illinois Circuit Breaker gear-tax relief grants and license-plate discounts, Illinois Cares Rx (recipe-drug assistance), the senior-citizen real-estate tax impunity

Taking Stock: Appointments, Promotions, Achievements

Diane Walker, registered nourish with the Aspirus Diabetes Education Center, had her Certified Diabetes Educator status renewed by the Native Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Walker completed the continuing education renewal recourse process.

Telephone Counseling for Patients with Diabetes

Technological support deemed beneficial for glycemic control

The current improvement in communication technology has expanded the opportunity to apply these technologies to reach and treat elderly patients with chronic conditions that require indefinite treatment. When it comes to diabetes mellitus, especially type 2 diabetes, application of these technologies is mainly through patient education individually or as a group and this has been proven to be very successful. This notwithstanding, a need still exists to expand strategies such as telephones, smart phones, Internet, and text messages. Smartphones are the most effective means because a majority of the population own and operate cellular phones.

Smartphones have led to opening of communication channels between health professionals and the elderly patients with diabetes who would otherwise be isolated and hard to reach.

In a study of 26 diabetes participants who were evaluated before and after four follow-up telephone support calls for insulin administration, it was determined that such an intervention helped provide better knowledge on insulin application. In a second study where 26 patients were met face to face for 2 months and also received 4 follow-up telephone calls by a healthcare professional while a second group of patients received calls only without face to face intervention, telephone intervention was equally effective for the treatment of these diabetes patients. Due to their advanced age, these patients should be handled on a case-by-case basis when deciding those patients who would benefit from both face-to-face and telephone counseling or telephone counseling alone. This will subsequently reduce acute and chronic complications as a result of mismanagement of the disease.