United States of America

Study finds women prefer to work through breast cancer treatment

1.7 million cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, and as Dr. Julia Perkins Smith notes, each diagnosis comes with “complicated treatment decisions as well as life decisions, including whether to work while undergoing treatment.” While one might assume that patients with breast cancer would focus on their treatment and recovery at the expense of making it into the office, a new survey from Cancer and Careers, Pfizer Inc.

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Wyden weighs in on 'premier health care challenge of our time' at OHSU forum

"We know chronic disease is the premier health challenge of our time," said Sen. Ron Wyden at a public forum hosted by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease entitled "Chronic Disease — Solving the Public Health Epidemic."

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Forum at OHSU Addresses Chronic Disease Impact and the Value of Prevention

Portland, OR (October 21, 2014) – Chronic, non-communicable diseases now account for more than 83 percent of the $3.8 trillion the U.S. spends on health care. In Medicare, 98 percent of program spending – about $487 billion – goes toward serving patients suffering from multiple chronic conditions like cancer, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. In Oregon, nearly 60 percent of those 65 and older suffer from two or more chronic conditions.

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America still weighs too much

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently issued their report on the state of obesity in America and there is enough good news in the report to view it as a glass half full. Unfortunately, the warning signs in the report are so serious that the glass may actually be half-full with a double-thick chocolate shake topped with extra whipped cream and a candy bar on the side.

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Washington State Has the Opportunity to Lead on Addressing the Obesity Epidemic

From Seattle Business Magazine
By: Tommy G. Thompson, Former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary

First the good news: Obesity rates increased in just six states in 2013 – and Washington was not one of them, according to a recently released report by the Trust for America’s Health.

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Action Needed to Better Accommodate Cancer Survivors in U.S. Workforce

PFCD and WellPoint Highlight Opportunities for Policymakers and Employers

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HHS awards more than $295 million in ACA funds to increase access to primary care at health centers

On September 12th, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,195 health centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to expand primary care services.

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Facilitating Full Employment Opportunity for Employees with Cancer: A Call to Action

Presently, the risk of an American man developing cancer over his lifetime is less than one in two. For an American woman, the risk of developing cancer over her lifetime is a little more than one in three.

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Public and Private Sector Efforts Required to Realize Productivity Gains in U.S.

New Data Highlights Vast Opportunity for Prevention and Wellness Efforts

Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2014) – The Congressional Wellness Caucus and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted a briefing today to examine the impact of chronic, non communicable disease and look beyond just medical costs to more holistically consider total productivity, particularly among the federal workforce.

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