Monthly Archive: October 2011

Diabetes and Sugar Substitutes

You can have Diabetes and still have a sweet tooth. The best sugar substitutes add sweetness to foods and beverages without affecting your blood sugar or your waistline, according to the American Dietetic Association. Your best alternatives to sugar are also stable in different food environments and have been approved as safe for human consumption… Continue reading Diabetes and Sugar Substitutes

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Medi-Cal Budget Cuts

Medi-Cal Budget Cuts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 27, 2011 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CARE SERVICES ANNOUNCES FEDERAL APPROVAL OF MEDI-CAL BUDGET REDUCTIONS SACRAMENTO – The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) today announced that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved key elements of the state’s 2011-12 budget proposals to reduce Medi-Cal provider reimbursement… Continue reading Medi-Cal Budget Cuts

Gina Flores

Praise For Pumpkin

The American Dietetic Association says, “Don’t just carve that pumpkin, eat it too.”  Did you know pumpkins provide a good source of vitamin A? Consider these tasty ideas for your left-over or canned pumpkin: Pumpkin smoothie:  Mix together pumpkin, fat-free milk, frozen vanilla yogurt (or substitute crushed ice instead of frozen yogurt) and a dash of cinnamon… Continue reading Praise For Pumpkin

Gina Flores

The Latest Apps For Autism

In a recent episode of  60 Minutes on CBS, the latest developments in tablet applications or apps for autism were featured and successfully tested. New technology made possible by Steve Jobs and his associates has enabled many autistic children and adults to communicate, learn and express themselves with a simple touch of a button. An innovative, voice enabling program… Continue reading The Latest Apps For Autism

Gina Flores
Male external catheter

Male External Catheter Troubleshooting Guide

Here's a quick guide to frequently noted problems and easy solutions for male external catheter users:

Paul Leary

Tube Feeding and Diarrhea

Tube feeding and diarrhea is commonly reported among people who rely on a feeding tube for nutrition. Follow these tips to prevent and resolve the issue.

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Bladder Health

A Guide To Bladder Health

No matter where we are, bacteria exists in our surroundings.  Proper hygiene and cleanliness is essential for people who use intermittent catheters, as well as condom catheters. The guidelines below are every day ways to promote bladder health. What are the basic steps for bladder health and hygiene? Regularly empty your bladder Properly dispose of your intermittent or condom catheter… Continue reading A Guide To Bladder Health

Gina Flores

Medicare Rights: Making You Medicare Smart

Shield HealthCare is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date resources to assist customers in navigating and understanding Medicare coverage. At, you will find a variety of helpful resources and tools for managing home healthcare medical supply needs. One of the most popular resources is Medicare Rights. This educational website is a valuable tool that offers free education on Medicare benefits, consumer… Continue reading Medicare Rights: Making You Medicare Smart

Gina Flores

Living with Spina Bifida

October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Spina Bifida is the most common permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. Spina Bifida is a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). Spina Bifida can happen… Continue reading Living with Spina Bifida

Gina Flores
Bladder Diary

How A Bladder Diary Helps Evaluate Incontinence

Because it can be stressful to provide exact details at a busy doctor visit, keeping a bladder diary is a very helpful way to log important activity.

Gina Flores
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