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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Polycystic Kidney Disease

September 14, 2016

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder passed down from parent to child that has the potential of causing devastating health problems. The National Kidney Foundation states that PKD is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, projecting that about 600,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with it.


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we begin our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorder: Polycystic Kidney Disease.

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Congenital Kidney Disorders

September 7, 2016

Congenital Kidney Disorders are caused by genetic mutations in a person’s DNA. This can be passed down from parent to child or it can occur spontaneously. These type of genetic mutations can be life-threatening because of the damage they inflict on kidneys.


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next month for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we continue our series by discussing a common cause of kidney disease: Congenital Kidney Disorders.

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Uncovering Kidney Disease: Glomerulonephritis

August 31, 2016

Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that can lead to total kidney failure if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. The percentage of our population that has been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease has “more than doubled between 2000 and 2008” in peoples aged 65 and older. (1)


We at Grassroots Health are passionate about raising awareness of chronic diseases that affect Americans. That being said, we will dedicate weekly material over the next two months for highlighting many types of common kidney diseases and their health risks. Today we begin our series by discussing one of the main causes of kidney disorder: Glomerulonephritis.

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Knowing Your Liver: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis

August 3, 2016

Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, also referred to as PSC, is a disease that causes inflammation of bile ducts in the liver. As the inflammation remains, scar tissue begins to develop and blocks the bile ducts over time, prohibiting bile from traveling into the intestine for its role in digestion and eventually causes a buildup of bile in the liver. The scar tissue that develops as a result of the inflammation of PSC and the excess of bile is extremely dangerous to the life of a person’s liver, and can even be deadly. (1)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart: Avoiding Venous Thromboembolism

May 25, 2016

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that forms inside of a vein which can cause a number of  serious, life-threatening conditions. (1) Between different types of VTE, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that “60,000-100,000 Americans die” and “10 to 30% of people will die within one month of diagnosis.” (2)

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Maintaining A Healthy Heart - How To Avoid A Stroke

April 13, 2016

“Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 of every 20 deaths,” according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC.) A stroke occurs when an artery that is designed to carry oxygen-rich blood to the brain becomes blocked. When the brain is not able to receive this blood flow, it is not able to receive oxygen.

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Affordable Online Lab Tests: A Biography Of Grassroots Labs

February 1, 2016

Today we highlight one of our new partners, the online laboratory test store Grassroots Labs. Grassroots Labs provides individuals, businesses, doctors offices, and other organizations with access to affordable diagnostic laboratory testing. The site offers the same tests that a doctor orders to monitor acute and chronic disorders such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, in addition to many other tests. Grassroots Labs does all this at a fraction of the cost of going directly to a lab or through a doctor.

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The Reason For Telemedicine: Bringing Healthcare Closer To Home

December 15, 2015

There are numerous advantages that telemedicine medical services can provide for a patient. Because of the advances in technology, this ever-growing style of healthcare has proven to be more convenient, affordable and efficient for the patient.

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Medicaid And Telemedicine

December 9, 2015

Today we conclude a 2-part mini blog series focusing specifically on how telemedicine is an affordable, convenient and efficient alternative to medical care for individuals who are insured with Medicare and Medicaid. Today we will be discussing the details, fine print and “grey areas” of Medicaid coverage for telemedicine.

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Medicare And Telemedicine

December 7, 2015

Today we begin a 2-part mini blog series focusing specifically on how telemedicine is an affordable, convenient and efficient alternative to medical care for individuals who are insured with Medicare and Medicaid. Today we will be discussing the details, fine print and “grey areas” of Medicare coverage for telemedicine.

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The mission of the CHC Blog is to provide educational content on topics of health care and community benefit which is informative, valuable, and inspiring to our members, patients, and the community at large. 

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