Focus of the Week

June 20, 2018
While receiving a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is common for US adults, African American and Latino adults over age 50 who receive a new diabetes diagnosis may have another health issue to be concerned about: pancreatic cancer.
June 19, 2018
Just 3 in 10 patients who experienced a nonfatal opioid overdose (OD) were given follow-up medication to prevent another overdose, and the average treatment lasted less than 6 months.
June 18, 2018
For true comprehensive community wellness to take place, barriers must end between the old silos of what is considered “healthcare” and what is considered public health, in order to improve health outcomes and curb rising costs, according to a new report from The Health Care Transformation Task Force and The Public Health Leadership Forum.
June 15, 2018
At its annual meeting, the American Medical Association's (AMA) House of Delegates voted to adopt new policies on a wide range of issues, including its stance on lockout provisions in Medicaid, how to achieve health equity, providing access to evidence-based substance use disorder treatment, and more.
June 14, 2018
As Puerto Rico begins to update mortality statistics from 2017 that strengthen prior reports that the death toll from Hurricane Maria was much higher than first reported, a recent article by the Commonwealth Fund says there are 3 factors that worsened the death toll in Puerto Rico after last year's hurricane: an inadequate response, a poorer health baseline, and inadequate funding.
June 13, 2018
A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that most Medicaid enrollees who are able to work are already employed, and that work requirements are unlikely to help enrollees rise from poverty but could negatively impact those who are already working or are unable to work because of medical conditions.
June 12, 2018
Between 2008 and 2016, primary care providers increasingly relied on nurse practitioners amidst a shortage of doctors, especially in rural areas.
June 11, 2018
David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), made his remarks as private funders are stepping up support for research on gun violence.
June 08, 2018
With few Americans receiving all the preventive services recommended for them, efforts across the full delivery system are needed to increase the use of preventive services, according to a paper published in Health Affairs.
June 07, 2018
The CDC reported Thursday suicide rates have been rising in nearly every state between 1999 and 2016, finding that suicide rates increased more than 30% in half of states. 
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