The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on behavioral and pharmacotherapy interventions for tobacco smoking cessation in adults, including pregnant women. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/tobacco-use-in-adults-and-pregnant-women-counseling-and-interventions. A fact sheet that explains the final recommendation in plain language is also available. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the September 22 online issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
News and Updates for Healthcare Professionals
Final Recommendation Statement: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women
Apps and Wearables in Healthcare – What Works? [From Our Partner]
To succeed in patient engagement, healthcare providers must embrace mobile. But how to prioritize the various innovative trends in mobile technology? What works, and what does not? In this new whitepaper, we share the latest research and the most successful mobile use cases:
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- Hospital Apps and their Role in Patient Engagement.
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The Deans’ Genes and Precision Medicine: A Journey of Discovery and Hope
September 17, 2015
By: Don Dean, Spartanburg, South Carolina
One tumor is a difficult thing to face. Imagine having nearly 100.
Like my father, aunt, uncle and other relatives, I have a very rare hereditary condition where a mutation in what is called the MET gene causes cancerous tumors to continuously grow in my kidneys. Since my first visit to the National Institutes of Health in 1992, I’ve had to have one kidney removed and nearly 100 tumors excised from the other.
I lost my father and other relatives to this disease, but thanks to new advances in medicine, that doesn’t have to be my fate.
What I did not know at the time was that I was to be part of cutting edge science and medical care that’s become known as Precision Medicine. Precision medicine refers to treatments, therapies, and care tailored to individual patients. By looking at people’s specific genes and lifestyles, doctors and scientists, like those at NIH, can get the right treatment to the right person.
HHS hosts 50-state convening focused on preventing opioid overdose and opioid use disorder, takes important step to increase access to treatment
September 17, 2015
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today kicked off a two-day intensive convening of representatives from all 50 states and Washington, DC focused on preventing opioid overdose and opioid use disorder. During her remarks, the secretary announced that HHS will move to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) by revising the regulations related to the prescribing of buprenorphine to treat opioid dependence. She also announced $1.8 million in awards to rural communities to expand access to naloxone – a drug that reverses an opioid overdose.
US Surgeon General launches campaign with National Call to Action on Walking
September 9, 2015
The United States Surgeon General today issued a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking while addressing the fact that many communities unacceptably lack safe and convenient places for individuals to walk or wheelchair roll.
Symposium New Dimensions on Sustainable U.S. Health Spending
July 21, 2015
The video of the symposium may be viewed on the Altarum Institute website.
On this Web page you will also see the PowerPoint presentations plus resources from the prior symposia.
Creating Patient-Centered Team-Based Care.
The event recording is now on-demand, should you like to view it.
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WEBCAST LINK: http://event.on24.com/wcc/r/1029976/9D6A71170580605842F055BF91549D85
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