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All of Us Research Program

Posted by on March 24th, 2017 0 comments Tags: , ,

As part of the federal Precision Medicine Initiative, the NIH is leading the effort to build a national, large-scale research enterprise with one million or more volunteers to extend precision medicine to all diseases. The All of Us Research Program, formerly known as the PMI Cohort Program, will be a participant-engaged, data-driven enterprise supporting research… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Chronic Disease, Public Health

Mar

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Flu Expected to Continue Several More Weeks

Posted by on March 2nd, 2017 0 comments

According to the latest CDC Update, flu is expected to continue for several more weeks. Influenza activity in the United States began to increase in mid-December, remained elevated through February 4, 2017, and is expected to continue. To date, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have predominated overall, but influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B viruses have also… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, General, Public Health

Mar

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Out-of-Pocket Expenses for Chronic Conditions from AHRQ Stats

Posted by on March 2nd, 2017 0 comments

Among adults with health care expenses in 2014, those treated for multiple chronic conditions had average out-of-pocket expenses that were more than three times as high as expenses for adults with one or no chronic condition ($13,031 versus $3,579). This is according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Chronic Disease, Low Income, Minority Health Concerns

Jan

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Is it Really FDA-Approved?

Posted by on January 27th, 2017 0 comments Tags: , ,

How can you know for sure what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates? FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by regulating human drugs and biologics, animal drugs, medical devices, tobacco products, food and animal feed, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The guide provides information on how the FDA regulates products and… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Health Information Literacy, Public Health, Websites

Dec

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Two New Models that Will Increase Patient Engagement Care Decision-Making

Posted by on December 23rd, 2016 0 comments Tags: , ,

Earlier this month the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two new models from the CMS Innovation Center. The Beneficiary Engagement and Incentives (BEI) Models — the Shared Decision Making Model and the Direct Decision Support Model — which will test different approaches to shared decision making, acknowledging that beneficiaries make decisions regarding… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, General, Public Health

Dec

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12 Ways to Have a Healthy Holiday Season

Posted by on December 23rd, 2016 0 comments Tags: , ,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some tips for making your holiday season as healthy as possible. Brighten the holidays by making your health and safety a priority. Take steps to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy—and ready to enjoy the holidays. Read more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/4jir

Posted in: Articles, General, Public Health

Dec

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Heart Disease versus Cancer Deaths

Posted by on December 1st, 2016 0 comments

A recent article in the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease highlights that by 2020, cancer will be the leading cause of death instead of heart disease. Since the 1960s the overall number of heart disease deaths declined and cancer deaths increased. Weir HK, Anderson RN, Coleman King SM, Soman A, Thompson TD, Hong Y, et al…. Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Chronic Disease

Nov

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High Blood Pressure: Global Totals Double in Four Decades

Posted by on November 29th, 2016 0 comments Tags: , ,

The number of people living with high blood pressure, or hypertension, worldwide has grown from 594 million in 1975 to over 1.1 billion in 2015 – mainly because of population growth and aging – says the study, published in The Lancet. However, while average blood pressure is high and rising in less affluent countries, especially… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, General, Public Health

Nov

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Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US

Posted by on November 17th, 2016 0 comments Tags:

Andria Caruthers posted “Mapping the Opioid Epidemic in the US” on CommunityCommons.org. She reviewed geographic trends of the opioid epidemic and included Community Commons maps that link to their interactive versions. To read the full article, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/fvqp. Don’t know about Community Commons? According to its About page, “Community Commons is a place where data, tools, and stories… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Public Health, Websites

Nov

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Cancer Prevention for babies and young children

Posted by on November 7th, 2016 0 comments

The CDC has a new Supplement in the journal Pediatrics that highlights research in cancer prevention from birth to early childhood. In addition to the open access supplement, there is also a video and tips for healthcare providers, policy makers and caregivers. Cancer Prevention During Early Life (Centers for Disease Control): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/9jqt

Posted in: Articles, Children and Teens, Environmental Health

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