December 28, 2009 |
Disease prevention doesn't take place just in the clinic. The majority of preventive measures -- from brushing teeth to wearing seatbelts -- happen in the community and workplace. And here the cost-benefit balance sheet is very different, some studies say, when you consider the cost not only to healthcare providers but also to employers and government, which might invest in antismoking campaigns or publicly accessible exercise programs. "In many cases, if not most cases, prevention activities are more cost-effective than treatment," says Ron Z. Goetzel, a research professor at Emory University in Atlanta and vice president of the healthcare division at Thomson Reuters, an information company with headquarters in New York City.
November 16, 2012 |
While the lion's share of youth anti-smoking efforts has focused on cigarettes, a new report in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease suggests more needs to be done to reduce the number of teens smoking flavored tobacco from hookahs. According to a recent survey cited in the report, 18.5% of 12th-grade students admitted to using a hookah in the previous year. And what's particularly concerning to the study authors, led by Daniel Morris of the Oregon Health Authority's public health division, is that many young people don't seem to recognize that hookah use carries serious health risks: Hookah smoke contains many of the same toxins as cigarettes and has been associated with a similar laundry list of diseases such as lung cancer and respiratory illness.
January 6, 2012 |
Kids may be spending too much time in front of computers and television, but are interventions designed to curb that working? An analysis of several reports finds that some do, but improvements may be needed. A meta-analysis of 47 studies targeting intervention programs to curb screen time among children younger than 12 found that 29 showed programs were successful at getting kids away from the television, computer and video games. The interventions ran the gamut and included programs based in schools, at home, in communities and in clinics and WIC centers.
October 16, 2011 |
Everybody knows what the federal budget's long-term problem is. The president knows. The Republicans in Congress know. The Democrats in Congress know. The policy community knows. You know. It's Medicare. I am a physician who has been studying Medicare data throughout my professional life. But now that I'm closing in on becoming a beneficiary, I am thinking more about what I'd like my Medicare program to look like. My Medicare would be guided by three basic principles: It should not bankrupt our children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1993
A letter writer (Jan. 18) asks if other countries can provide national health care why can't we? The reason is obvious. Other countries aren't Ramboing all over the face of the Earth in an attempt to impose their will on others. Vietnam, Korea, Grenada, Panama, the Middle East, Somalia, and then there's our inane feud with Cuba for over 30 years. Citizens want national health care, but also support foreign interventions. However, no new taxes! Make up your minds, we can't afford it all. BETTY T. McGILL San Diego
March 22, 2011 |
For most of us living in the developed world, diarrhea is an uncomfortable nuisance -- not a life-threatening event. But each year for more than a million children under the age of 5, it is a killer. It's known that a few simple precautions and treatments can make a difference and save a child. What's been unknown, say researchers led by Christa Fischer Walker of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, is whether providing those interventions makes a difference on a large scale, cutting disease and death rates around the globe.