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Oct - Nov 2017

Moving Aging IG Patients into Nursing Homes

Until recent years, individuals with a primary immune deficiency disease (PI) rarely survived to retirement age. Indeed, in the past, PI was thought to be a disease that occurred primarily in infants and young children, which led to many adults going undiagnosed and untreated. Today, however, because of advancements in early diagnosis, proper treatment and continued monitoring, PI patients are living much longer.... full article

Transitioning IG Coverage to Medicare

Immune globulIn (Ig) is a complex therapy, both clinically and financially, that is used to treat rare and difficult-to-diagnose diseases. For some, IG is a lifetime therapy. And, while at one time this therapy was typically approved and reimbursed without question, today there are extensive medical policies in place that require a diagnosis to be proved and the medical need for IG justified.... full article

Chronic Illness and Depression

The diagnosis of a chronic illness can alter a person’s life in more ways than one. The illness itself can lead to physical limitations, changes in activity levels and sleep habits, and even loss of employment and income. There are doctor appointments to schedule, medications to manage and, often, a barrage of emotions to navigate. With such an onslaught of physical and mental challenges, it’s common to experience feelings of sadness, grief or even anger. But, when feelings of intense sadness or hopelessness linger, it could be a sign of depression.... full article

Understanding Mannose-Binding Lectin Deficiency

Between five and 30 out of every 100 people have a deficiency that many have never heard of: mannose-binding lectin deficiency, also known as MBL deficiency. People with this condition have low levels of MBL in their blood. Part of the complement system that helps protect the body from infection, MBL plays an important role in defending the body against invading microorganisms, including yeasts, parasites, viruses and some types of bacteria. MBL is produced by the liver and released into the blood, where it recognizes mannose residues present on a wide range of common pathogens and binds to them.... full article