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Stoking the Fire of Stakeholders in the Fight Against Chronic Disease

August 5, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

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Chronic disease prevention holds great promise for reducing our nation’s healthcare spending, but it is critical that we take steps to spend more effectively when it comes to treating, preventing and better managing overall health in order for positive changes to take hold.[read more]

Is a Daily Dose of Many Pills in Your Future?

September 11, 2013 by Andrew Schorr

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As our population ages, we have more things that are wrong with us and the pharmaceutical industry has responded with a drug for this and that. In some people's cases, case modern medicines keep them alive, although at significant expense.[read more]

More Health Spending Doesn’t Equal Better Health

July 14, 2013 by Liz Seegert

In many cases, the best investments for improving population health would likely be public health programs and multisectoral action to address risks such as physical inactivity, diet, ambient particulate pollution, and alcohol and tobacco consumption[read more]

New Ways to Get (and Stay) Healthier

June 21, 2013 by Michael Sherman

Obesity – now officials recognized by the American Medical Association as a disease – can lead to increased risk for other diseases: hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, just to name a few. As a result, many Americans are looking for ways to get healthier and make smarter health decisions through diet and exercise. Those are good starting points, but changing habits can be easier said than done.[read more]

AMA Declaration and Proposed Legislation Provides Additional Tools to Curb Obesity and Diabetes in Medicare

June 20, 2013 by Kenneth Thorpe

Today U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, MD (R-06-LA) introduced a bipartisan bill focused on treatment and prevention of Obesity in America. The "Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013" takes an important step to curb this growing epidemic by providing physicians with the necessary tools to address obesity and diabetes in this country.[read more]

Chat 126: Can Social Media Be Used to Influence Healthy Behaviours and Track Diseases?

May 7, 2013 by Fanny Gillet

On Wednesday May 1st, Nicole Ghanie-Opondo (@todayisbanana) moderated our tweetchat and asked the community how social media can serve behaviour change messages and help track diseases. As an introduction to the discussion she wrote an article in her blog – Behaviour Change, Disease Tracking & Social Media?[read more]

Should People Who Cause Their Own Illnesses Pay for Their Own Health Care?

November 30, 2012 by John Goodman

I recently came across a news story about a British legislator who proposed that patients suffering from life style illnesses, medical problems mainly due to behavioral choices such as being overweight, ought to have to pay for their own medicines rather than having them provided for free by the National Health Service.[read more]

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High Quality, Low Cost HealthCare Video Interview Series: Dr. Stephen Schimpff Talks Chronic Disease

November 20, 2012 by Joan Justice

Dr. Stephen Schimpff

Last week, we spoke with Daniel Wolfson who talked about the Choosing Wisely Campaign and how it raises quality of care by promoting doctor/patient dialogue about testing and screening. Today, one of our distinguished Advisory Board members, Dr. Stephen Schimpff, gives us his ideas on how we can curb healthcare costs while maintaining quality by better managing chronic disease.[read more]

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High Quality, Low Cost HealthCare Video Interview Series: Dr. Jennifer Dyer and EndoGoal

November 6, 2012 by Joan Justice

Dr. Jennifer Dyer (Endogoddess)

 

Last week, we met with Casey Quinlan who advocated asking the question, "How Much Is That?" in order to promote cost transparency in healthcare. This week, we visit with Dr. Jennifer Dyer in Columbus, Ohio. Jen is a pediatric endocrinologist and entrepreneur. Her mobile app, EndoGoal has just been released.[read more]

Living Better with Diabetes

November 2, 2012 by Holly Hosler

Diabetes is a serious medical condition that is affecting more and more Americans. The latest estimates show that over 100 million of us – nearly one in three – have diabetes or prediabetes. When diabetic patients don’t control their disease, it can lead to complications like blindness, kidney failure and the need for limb amputation. However, these things are all preventable when patients take care of themselves.[read more]

Determining Paths of Research

October 26, 2012 by Kenneth Thorpe

PFCD strongly believes that one critical area for research characterized by both substantial needs and opportunities is how to enhance care for the millions of people coping with multiple chronic conditions within a medical system geared almost entirely around individual diseases.[read more]

NCDs Check-up Convened to Empower Collaboration and Motivate Change

October 19, 2012 by Kenneth Thorpe

By highlighting successful and scalable programs like the Diabetes Prevention Program, I was able to emphasize the value of implementing programs that we know are already making progress towards better health outcomes. As the Partnership for Chronic Disease (PFCD) has long professed, leadership from both government and the private sector is essential to all efforts aimed at averting, detecting and effectively managing chronic disease.[read more]