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What is comparative effectiveness and why is it relevant to healthcare reform? March 4, 2010

Posted by mtaliafe in Healthcare, Uncategorized.
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We consider ourselves to be in a scientific society, right? You might be surprised to know that a lot of the science upon which medicine has been built has been conducted in silos. Researchers might investigate drugs in clinical trials, or medical devices in practice. However, the results of these studies as published are more case-based and don’t take into account the other treatment options. Essentially, they often don’t address how the new treatment compares to those already out there, or how it might be used in conjunction with other therapies. Healthcare providers sometimes lack knowledge of which therapies out of all possible treatments are the most effective ones.

The Obama Administration is proposing to spend $286 million in 2011 on comparative effectiveness research (CER) according to Carey and Appleby of the Kaiser Family Foundation. The topic of comparative effectiveness has been often picked up by the media in light of healthcare reform, since it has been identified as one tool to reduce healthcare spending. (more…)

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SOS: Free the Condoms March 4, 2010

Posted by Marquita Campbell in Health Communications & Marketing, Healthcare, Prevention, Uncategorized.
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Practicing safe sex using condoms is vital to not only decreasing the new cases of HIV infection in DC but also decreasing the number of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. However, despite their effectiveness, condoms are not always accessible to the people who are most at risk such as teenagers or individuals who live in low-income neighborhoods and/or communities of color.

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Teen Pregnancies on the Rise February 8, 2010

Posted by Renee in Healthcare, Prevention, Uncategorized, Wellness.
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A new report from the Guttmacher Institute was released January 26, 2010 with surprising data on teen pregnancy.   According to the report from the Guttmacher Institute approximately 7% of teen girls became pregnant in 2006, which is a 3% rise from 2005.  There is an issue, a problem, whatever term you want to use, but no matter what we call it: teenage girls in the United States are getting pregnant at increasing rates and something needs to change.

Keep reading to find out more about the rise in teen pregnancy. (more…)

New York Times Chronicles Movement to Ban Trans Fat February 23, 2009

Posted by Anna Dillingham in Prevention, Uncategorized.
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In a recent New York Times article, Stacey Stowe reports that Suffolk is the latest county to ban the use of trans fats in restaurants.  The legislation also requires restaurants to include calorie information on menus.  Suffolk County, NY joins a growing list of local governments that have taken similar action in an effort to fight rising obesity rates.  (more…)

Obesity Now Outweighs Overweight January 26, 2009

Posted by Nalini Padmanabhan in Uncategorized.
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America’s obesity epidemic has reached a new milestone.

It’s hardly news that the prevalence of overweight and obesity has been growing steadily over the past few decades. However, recent survey data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that while rates of overweight have remained fairly steady at about 33%, obesity rates have increased from 23% to 34% since the early 1990s.

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