Archive for public health

The Smoking Gun

A just-breaking piece in the Lancet suggests that in the UK, patients who receive the lungs of smokers have a better overall chance of survival than those who remain on waiting lists, despite the fact that they tend to survive for a shorter period after transplantation than those who receive the lungs of non-smokers.   While this intuitively makes sense to me, it still gives me the creeps! Read more

Is ‘good’ cholesterol actually bad?

Remember when we learned that hormone replacement therapy might harm—rather than help—postmenopausal women?  Or when the new PSA testing guidelines turned conventional wisdom on its head?  Remember the droves of anxious patients who worried that they had been mistreated, overtreated, or misled?  Read more

Removing Barriers to Diabetes Treatment

The Diabetes Working Group, composed of representatives from various medical associations, recently released a white paper containing recommendations for addressing barriers that prevent providers from delivering appropriate care to patients with diabetes. Read more

National Public Health Week

This week is National Public Health Week.  Start small, think big: We can make it happen! Read more

Social Media and Peer Behavior

A new study published in the journal Science has shed some interesting light on what influences health behaviors.  In a study of how people behaved relative to a fitness and diet intervention, study participants who were grouped alongside folks with characteristics similar to their own were more likely to use a diet diary and pursue healthy behaviors then those grouped with characteristics unlike their own. Read more

Bug news….

Two infectious disease articles caught my eye this week.  The first was published in JAMA  and the second was published in NEJM.   Read more

Social Barriers Impact Health, Too

An on-line survey of 1000 primary care physicians suggests that social barriers–such as a lack of access to basic housing, transportation, and nutritious foods–can impact patient health as much as access to direct medical care.  The survey was conducted in September and October 2011 on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   Read more

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