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Taking Tobacco by Storm in the Fight against Chronic Disease

February 10, 2014

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) commends CVS Caremark for the bold move of ending sales of tobacco in its 7,600 locations nationwide. Use of tobacco products remains a significant public health problem in the U.S. and, despite the risks, one in five adults still smokes. CVS’s decision is a meaningful step forward in the fight against chronic disease, particularly if others follow suit.

Curbing Smoking Critical in Fight Against Chronic Disease

February 3, 2014

According to The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, although significant progress has been made, smoking remains the most preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S. Nearly half a million Americans die prematurely from smoking each year, and more than 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking.  On February 4, World Cancer Day, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) implores all Americans to take steps to improve their health. Stopping tobacco use, eating better, and exercising can help lower cancer risks dramatically. Why not mark World Cancer Day by making healthier choices that will help you prevent cancer and other chronic conditions?

Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Critical Focus of Healthcare Reform

December 18, 2013

More than one in four Americans have multiple chronic conditions (MCC). Closing out 2013 with a webinar update on multiple chronic conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Initiative on Multiple Chronic Conditions convened a discussion on new programs and refreshed a strong commitment to the 2010 Strategic Framework, a roadmap for bringing together HHS programs and policies as well as bridging public and private partnerships to effectively address the increasing burden of multiple chronic conditions.

Identifying Roles and Maximizing Success in the Pursuit of Health & Wellness

December 5, 2013

Grappling as a country with the ins and outs of healthcare, we find ourselves continually identifying the same prevalent health concerns - diabetes, cancer, heart disease. Facing rising costs and increasing incidences of chronic disease, obesity is more often than not a common denominator. Though debates continue as to the level of contribution more sedentary lifestyles and greater caloric consumption have made, there is no debate that addressing obesity requires an “all-hands-on-deck” approach.

Family Caregiving Has Many Faces

By John Schall, CEO of the Caregiver Action Network
October 30, 2013

“Mom had a stroke,” my sister’s voice was telling me over the phone. At first, I did not quite comprehend the message. My father was 93 years old and my mother was his caregiver, so bad news about my father might have been somewhat expected. But my sister was telling me that it was my 80-year old mother who just had a stroke, not my 93-year old father. That was definitely unexpected.

Medication Adherence: Taking Daily Steps for Healthier Outcomes

October 17, 2013

Managing chronic illness is not just about properly utilizing the healthcare options available to you, but perhaps more importantly, making the healthy choice and following prescribed medical advice. According to the World Health Organization, in developed countries only half of people who suffer from chronic diseases adhere to treatment recommendations. Adherence is a primary determinant of healthy outcomes, yet three out of four Americans report that they don’t always take their medicines as directed.

Denying care? Concerns with Oregon's Medicaid coverage guidelines

When a document guiding health coverage decisions contains the word "survival" and the phrase "not a covered service," it definitely warrants a closer look, and what we see in a set of coverage guidelines from Oregon Medicaid officials is disturbing to say the least.

Comparative effectiveness: putting patients first

As we continue to develop our resources and approaches to combat the escalation in chronic disease, the comparative effectiveness work currently being performed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has the potential to be extremely valuable for patients and their health care providers. But it’s hard to know whether that research will meet that potential by generating data that will be practical and usable in improving and targeting health care delivery.

Hunger is a Health Issue

By Lee W. Hammerling, MD, ProMedica chief medical officer

Chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, can be difficult to manage. The lack of a very basic human need – nutritious food – can further exacerbate these diagnoses. Hunger and malnutrition also can make obesity and mental illness more severe. And hungry or malnourished children are more prone to colds, developmental delays, and other ailments.

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