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High Blood Pressure: What You Need to Know

Blood pressure is the force of our blood being pushed against the artery walls when our heart beats. However, when the heart must exert more force to pump blood through the arteries, high blood pressure, or hypertension, may occur. Left unchecked, this can lead to various health concerns, most notably heart attack and stroke. Fortunately, there are many ways you can help reduce your blood pressure to healthy levels.

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New Virgin Pulse Survey Reveals 78 Percent of Employers are Adopting a More Holistic Approach to Employee Well-Being

(June 1, 2015) – Kicking off the 7th annual Employee Wellbeing Month (Twitter hashtag #EWM15), a month-long initiative designed to help business leaders learn how to engage employees in healthy habits and lifestyles, Virgin Pulse today released the results of “The Business of Healthy Employees: A Survey of Workplace Health Priorities,” revealing how employees are engaging with well-being programs and the impact these programs have on workplace culture.

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Consumer experience: finding information on Exchange Plans

For all consumers, but particularly for people with chronic diseases, having good healthcare coverage is critically important.

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Drugs expensive under plans sold on health exchange, survey finds

From the Baltimore Sun
January 27, 2015

The Affordable Care Act is not so affordable for many Marylanders, according to a new survey.

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New Research Shows Maryland Health Exchange Would Benefit From Improvements

Annapolis, Maryland. January 27, 2015 – The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) released a new study analyzing the impact of increased cost sharing on patient adherence to prescription medications. The research released at the Capitol was focused on how the Maryland healthcare exchange could be improved to help patients better understand their insurance options.

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New research shows Iowa health exchange would benefit from improvements

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 23, 2015 -- The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) released a public opinion poll of Iowa health care leaders and a new study analyzing the impact of increased cost sharing on patient adherence to prescription medications. The research released at the Capitol was focused on how the Iowa healthcare exchange could be improved to help patients better understand their insurance options.

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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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