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Aug - Sep 2020

The Safety of IG Therapy

Is immune globulin (IG) therapy safe? As the patient advocate for IG Living magazine, I am asked this question frequently by both new and existing patients. My first response is always, "Yes!" But, after saying that, I feel it is important to elaborate. That means explaining what IG is, how it is produced, who is treated with it, what types of products are available and what the side effects are… 
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Purchasing a Medigap Policy

The U.S. healthcare system has many complexities and moving parts. But, perhaps the most complex part is Medicare, which has multiple coverage components. Understanding how these components work together and how individuals can structure their own Medicare benefit can feel like a research project. Nevertheless, it's important to know Medicare does not pay for all services and may only pay a portion of charges, which means a supplemental policy, known as a Medigap policy, is often necessary. Following is a summarization of Medigap coverage; however, it does not replace the need for individuals to research the best solution for them as they reach Medicare age…  full article (pdf)

Getting The Most Out Of Your Disability

Have you ever looked at (seemingly) perfectly healthy people and wished just for a moment you could enjoy one day in their bodies? No handful of pills in the morning, no weekly infusions and no physical limitations? They can get up and get ready in a fraction of the time it takes you. Their lives aren't planned around doctor appointments. And, they don't think twice about accommodations they'll need when going to a store, park, school or on vacation…  full article (pdf)

Life Lessons: Becoming Stronger Through Illness

There are many philosophies of life. In fact, it would probably be fair to say there are as many philosophies about life as there are people on Earth, because even though many of us fall into one philosophical and/or religious belief camp or another, we've all thought about our particular purpose and place in the universe… full article (pdf)

Understanding Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies

Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs), also referred to as myositis, affect between one and eight in every one million people in the U.S.1,2 This group of disorders, characterized by inflammation of the muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles), usually appears in adults between ages 40 years and 60 years or in children between ages 5 years and 15 years, although it can affect anyone at any age. And, for some unknown reason, two types of IIMs affect twice as many women as men, while the other type is more common in men… full article (pdf)