Psoriasis: Selecting the Right Treatment

Psoriasis continues to be a common skin condition, affecting 8 million Americans (which is about 2-3% of the population). Each year, about 150,000 new people hear the diagnosis of “psoriasis” from their doctors; after which they will then navigate a long list of treatment options. Although many patients start out with topical treatments, it’s not…

BioPlus Appeals Team: Changing “No” to “Yes!”

Do you have patients with insurance denials? Here at BioPlus we regularly transform those “no’s” into happy patients and doctors. Our dedicated appeals team steps in to do the heavy lifting of insurance appeals for doctor offices. Letting you get back to what you do best: treating patients, instead of being bogged down in back-and-forth…

Crohn’s Disease: Early is Key

For many people with Crohn’s disease, it can be a long road from the first time symptoms appear to receiving the correct diagnosis. This disease can be a bit of a mimic – with symptoms that can be mistaken for other conditions. The autoimmune-related GI inflammation of Crohn’s disease can affect different parts of the…

Missed Opportunities

By now, most Baby Boomers have probably heard the message from health experts urging them to get screened for hepatitis C infection. This demographic – born between 1945 and 1965 – have long been identified as the group at highest risk of this life-threatening disease. However, switching from a birth cohort screening to a one-time…

One in a Million? No Thanks!

Multiple sclerosis is a serious health condition faced by too many Americans. Experts recently realized that previous estimates of this disease’s prevalence were inaccurate – by a shocking amount. Multiple sclerosis is now estimated to affect 1 million people in the United States, which is nearly double the prior estimate. What changed? It’s not actually…

Serving Up Success

Immunotherapy as cancer treatment harnesses the power of a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer. This continues to be a cutting edge area of cancer research, with plenty of success stories, including immunotherapy medications such as Keytruda, Opdivo, and Tecentriq. These medications do not have the exact same effectiveness in every patient, of course….

Yoga Relief

Rheumatoid arthritis medications have come a long way in aiding those with this autoimmune joint-based condition, but they are not perfect and many patients continue to experience symptoms – even while on treatment. Regular practice of yoga exercises just might be able to fill in the gaps in terms of physical and psychological symptom relief….

Hearty News About Psoriasis

The skin condition psoriasis has a well-known connection to heart health. Unfortunately, the inflammation that underlies the skin-level manifestation of psoriasis also affects areas deep within the body: including the arteries leading out of the heart. This is why people with psoriasis have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, those with…

Diving Into Hepatitis C Genotypes

The term ‘hepatitis C’ is often discussed as if it’s one disease. However, the situation is a bit more complicated, with there being six main genotypes of hepatitis C. These are numerically labeled genotypes 1-6. The HCV testing process for patients generally starts with two main diagnostic tests: the Hepatitis C Antibody Test which notes…

Post-Treatment Financial Hardship

Cancer treatment brings many stresses to a patient and their family, not least of which is financial. Prior research has documented the monetary challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis, including the fact that someone with cancer is 2.5 times more likely than another person from the general population to file for bankruptcy. In fact,…

Infusion Confusion?

For patients with Crohn’s disease, finding out that a recommended treatment could include infusions of biologic medications can bring up a lot of questions. Let’s answer some of those here. Infusion medications are prescribed for some patients to help keep the Crohn’s disease in remission. For most situations, getting an infusion involves going to an…

Eat to Calm Psoriasis

Most people with psoriasis will have some degree of symptoms for life. But this doesn’t mean that improvement can’t happen. Medications help keep this skin disease under control and combining medication with certain dietary choices can also have a positive effect on both psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (which is a joint condition related to the…

Hepatitis C: A Look Back in a Big Year

As we get our bearings at the start of 2019, it’s worth a moment to look back on 2018 and note the many significant developments in the world of hepatitis C. With today’s medications offering a real chance at a cure for most hepatitis C cases, it’s disappointing that there are still more than 2…

The Generic Side of MS Treatment

At the 37th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco last week, there was not only talk in many of the meetings about new pharmaceuticals coming to market for many health conditions, but I also heard buzz about the impact generics will have on cost savings this coming year for a variety of diseases….

2019 Looks Brighter for MS

Welcome to 2019: a year that holds some exciting developments for multiple sclerosis medication choices. There are a number of new medications which have reached the late stage of product development and testing; this means at least a few of these should become available this year. Currently, there are nine key medications that are FDA…

Put Down the Salt Shaker!

Multiple sclerosis is a complex autoimmune disease of the central nervous system which develops when the protective myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells is attacked by the body’s own immune system. These nerve cells, when stripped of myelin, no longer function properly and symptoms such as numbness, difficulty walking, slurred speech, and vision loss develop. New…

For Those with Psoriasis…How’s Your Liver?

When you think of psoriasis, you probably think about the skin. It is true that this disease primarily causes skin symptoms – that of itchy or sore patches of thick, reddened skin covered with silvery scales. However, psoriasis has also now been linked to a higher risk of a liver ailment known as nonalcoholic fatty…

Hit Pause on Student Loans

Financial issues create significant problems for many cancer patients, yet the impact of this can often be overlooked. It’s a heartbreaking situation when finances interfere with treatment access. This situation cuts across all demographic lines, even in young people starting their careers. More than 70,000 adults (ages 15-39) get a cancer diagnosis each year. For…