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5 Priorities for Reducing Infant Mortality

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In the U.S., the number of babies who die in their first year of life is declining, with an all-time low 6.4 infant mortality rate (6.4 deaths for every 1,000 live births) reported in 2009, according to the most recent available data. Yet there are persistent disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities and geographic areas and to address these disparities, Secretary Sebelius recently announced the first-ever national strategy to address infant mortality. The Maternal Read More >

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New Treatments Needed for Obesity

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ObesityWeek 2014, Nov. 2-7, in Boston Offers Opportunities to Learn & Connect Coauthored by The Obesity Society Public Affairs Chair & Co-Chair Adam Tsai, MD, Internal Medicine & Weight Management Physician, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Amanda Staiano, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center Obesity is one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in need of new strategies for medical treatment and prevention. As a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs, Read More >

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The Hill: In War on Cancer, Patients at Risk of Becoming Commoditized

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Ted Okon, executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance, highlights the significant progress the medical community has made in the war on cancer but stresses the importance of access to care to improve and lengthen patients’ lives. “More Americans with cancer face longer life expectancies as a result of increased awareness among at-risk populations, better preventative care, early screenings, and new therapies,” writes Okon. “However, despite significant progress in the war on cancer, unnecessary access Read More >

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DEA’s Prescription Drug Take Back Day is September 27

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow – Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have leftover medicines around your house, tomorrow is a great opportunity to dispose of them. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse Read More >

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5 Surprising Facts about Childhood Cancer

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and what you may not know about childhood cancer may surprise you. More than 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and approximately one-quarter of these children will not survive. Childhood Cancer Awareness Month highlights the types of cancer that affect children, survivorship issues, and help raise funds for research and family support. First, five things you may not know about childhood cancer: Common adult cancers – lung, Read More >

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