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Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
April 20, 2012Poor health outcomes – namely higher blood pressure and being overweight – have traditionally been linked to lack of adequate sleep. However, a new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that insufficient sleep is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. The study...
Apr 20, 2012
PFCD and Chronic Disease in the News This Week
April 16, 2012Our lead in this week’s roundup of relevant news from last week spotlights comments made by Ken Thorpe, Ph.D., chair of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, in a Wall Street Journal article that focused on Tuesday’s Institute of Medicine report proposing a new tax on medical care...
Apr 16, 2012
Working Together to Improve Health Outcomes While Saving Money
April 16, 2012Recently, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation launched Choosing Wisely, an initiative designed to encourage physicians (and their patients) to reconsider their use of 45 common medical screenings and procedures that are overused. The coalition puts the onus on both the...
Apr 16, 2012
Investing in Personal Health
April 9, 2012This week marks National Public Health Week and World Health Day (April 7), and also kicks off a month full of national health observances aimed at increasing awareness about the critical importance of better managing one’s health to help prevent future complications. April’s...
Apr 09, 2012
Affordable Care Act Hits Two-Year Mark
March 29, 2012Last week marked the two-year anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  With heightened focus on the ACA continuing this week, especially on the individual mandate, it’s important to take a step back and understand the strides that have already been made,...
Mar 29, 2012
New Study Reaffirms the Weight of Obesity on our Health Care System
March 27, 2012Last week the Campaign to End Obesity, a Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) partner, released a study that indicates that the U.S. has underestimated the hefty impact that obesity-related health care costs have – and will continue to have – on the federal budget.  The...
Mar 27, 2012
Striking a Balance: Quality Care vs. Financial Stability
March 16, 2012Similar to last week’s post on the varying cost dilemmas affecting the health care “ecosystem,” the reality of our nation’s health crisis continues to pose significant financial and care hurdles for healthcare providers and patients in particular. In light of rising health costs, a...
Mar 19, 2012
Promoting Prevention through Health Insurance Exchanges
March 16, 2012This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced regulations to guide state-level development of health insurance exchanges. The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) looks forward to highlighting the good work being done in the states to capitalize on this...
Mar 16, 2012
The Numbers Game: Rising Health Costs Affect Us All
March 10, 2012Several new reports were released this week that shed troublesome news on the financial state of our health care system as it pertains to insurers, providers and patients alike. Representing the three most significant population groups present in the health care “eco-system,” so to...
Mar 10, 2012
New Report from Alzheimer’s Association Offers “Sobering Statistics” on Disease
March 8, 2012The 2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report released today from the Alzheimer’s Association reveals the alarming health and economic toll of the disease – the cost of caring for the 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease today will total $200 billion...
Mar 08, 2012

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