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Rob Montagnese: promoting healthy habits for children
By Mike Mitka | August 29, 2014
The rates of childhood obesity in Licking County, Ohio, are among the highest in the state. According to one stat, about 35% of third-graders in the county are overweight or obese. Rob Montagnese decided to do something about it.
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Carol Solomon: targeting chronic illness in New Orleans
By Mike Mitka | August 29, 2014
Cajun and Creole foods and a “let the good times roll” attitude make New Orleans and its surrounding parishes a great place to visit, but they're also among the contributing factors making it difficult for residents to maintain healthy lifestyles. Statewide figures show Louisiana has...
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Counseling encouraged for overweight patients at risk for heart disease, task force says
By Sabriya Rice | August 26, 2014
Overweight and obese adults at risk for heart disease should be referred to or offered intensive behavioral counseling for diet and exercise interventions, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation concludes.
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You can show patients test results, but will they understand them?
By Rachel Landen | August 20, 2014
With the increasing adoption of electronic health records, more patients are able to view their lab results electronically outside of clinical consultations, but a study suggests that access doesn't mean patients understand what they're seeing.
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As U.S. diabetics live longer, the costs of care are rising
By Steven Ross Johnson | August 13, 2014
More Americans are developing diabetes during their adult lives and living longer with the disease, a new government study finds. The consequences of those developments include a potentially huge cost burden for the country's health system tasked with providing long-term care for those with this...
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In treatment, there can be too much of a good thing
By Wall Street Journal | August 05, 2014
Aggressive treatment of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes has helped to reduce patient deaths. But a new study suggests some patients may be getting too much treatment, increasing their health risks.
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Access to specialty care out of reach for many
By Associated Press | August 02, 2014
A finger on Myrtis Henderson's left hand is stuck in a bent position, a cyst on the tendon freezing any motion. Henderson is a long-time patient of Dr. Jeannette South-Paul at the Matilda Theiss Family Health Center in Pittsburgh's Hill District. South-Paul has helped her keep control of her...
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Soon-Shiong to lead Providence Health's new cancer division
By Bob Herman | August 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Billionaire philanthropist and healthcare entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong has been named the global director for cancer services and bioinformatics at Providence Health & Services, Renton, Wash.
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Pfizer's 2Q profit sinks 79% but tops forecasts
By Associated Press | July 29, 2014
Pfizer's second-quarter earnings plunged 79% from last year, when the world's second-largest drugmaker booked a $10 billion-plus gain from a business spinoff.
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Kentucky law grants prescribing authority to nurses
By Andis Robeznieks | July 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A new Kentucky state law that expands prescribing authority for advanced practice registered nurses took effect Tuesday, the same day that a study was published touting the benefits of having nurses manage care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
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