News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals

Can Shared Decision-Making Improve Access to Preventive Care?

The shared decision-making tool could be helpful after the pandemic squashed access to preventive care and opened up deep care gaps.

AHRQ Promotes National Health Literacy Objectives

AHRQ observes Health Literacy Month with a new blog that encourages healthcare organizations to adopt health literacy strategies that can advance Healthy People 2030’s health literacy objectives. Find out about AHRQ’s resources to improve communication and increase shared decision making, including the newly launched Question Builder App in Spanish.

Videos Tell the Story of EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health

These four videos tell the story of how seven regional Cooperatives worked with more than 5,000 clinicians at over 1,500 small- and medium-sized primary care practices to improve the delivery of heart health services to about 8 million patients.

News Alert: Aspirin not recommended to prevent first heart attack or stroke, USPSTF says

Starting a daily aspirin regimen in people age 60 or older can cause potentially serious harm including internal bleeding, the USPSTF warned Tuesday.

AHRQ Initiatives Support Better Heart Health for All Americans

September 29 is World Heart Day — an observance that aims to improve how we understand, prevent, and manage heart disease. This annual event brings together health organizations across all sectors to turn the spotlight on a condition that each year kills more than 17 million people worldwide.

News and Updates for the Patient and Family

November Is National Diabetes Month

Prediabetes is a serious health condition affecting 88 million Americans—more than 1 in 3 people—and most are unaware they have it. People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels that aren’t yet high enough to be considered diabetes, and data shows that people with prediabetes have a 50% chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 to 10 years.

Updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans Toolkit Now Available!

ODPHP has launched our updated toolkit for health professionals, with consumer-friendly fact sheets based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020–2025.

AAKP Patient Impact Statement: FDA APPROVAL OF THIRD VACCINE DOSE FOR KIDNEY TRANSPLANT PATIENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - "Kidney transplant patients, based on the lifetime immunosuppressive medications they must take to stay alive, remain at severe risk of catastrophic illness and death due to COVID-19. The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) thanks the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for incorporating the unique insights of America's kidney transplant recipients and the medical professionals who care for them in their authorization of a third vaccine dose...

Around the World, Living Longer and Healthier Depends Largely on Gender and Countries' Income

People are living longer today than they did in past generations but now the question is: Are those extra years lived in good health? As life expectancy at age 60 (LE60) has become increasingly longer in recent decades, measuring how healthy these extra years are has become even more crucial.

Plan to Stay Safe, Mobile, and Independent

Do you or your friends and family have a plan to stay safe, mobile, and independent as you age? Many people make financial plans for retirement, but don’t consider how to plan for potential mobility changes.