Back in April 2012, nearly two dozen hospitals that host fast food restaurant chains received a letter from an advocacy group asking them to evict their fast food tenants and to “stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health.” But as it turns out, many of these outlets…more.
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Researchers from Johns Hopkins University sifted through over 18,000 studies on a potential treatment for pain, anxiety and depression, narrowing their meta-analysis to 47 scientifically rigorous clinical trials. The results, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed what many have experienced over thousands of years: while it’s not a…more.
As the head of a communications strategy shop that helps clients in science, technology, and health care, I encounter a seemingly endless number of organizations that want to do good for society and the planet. Why then have the WHITECOAT Strategies employees – who serve as editors of Real World…more.
What cancer patient would want to use trial and error with various chemotherapies when he or she could know first from a diagnostic that one agent in particular would result in the most successful outcome? A new field has emerged, companion diagnostics, to help predict a patient’s compatibility with chemotherapy or…more.
In the past couple of years, 149 hospitals saved $55 million as a result of developing and implementing environmentally friendly initiatives. So why are more and more health providers going green and what’s behind this rising trend? “Increasingly health care leaders are recognizing the critical role environmental stewardship plays in quality health care,”…more.
Does social networking conjure images of teenagers who share seemingly worthless online videos of watermelons dropped from atop buildings? Well get this: Americans OVER age 45 represent the largest percentage increase in social media usage in the past year, now up to 38 percent in 2012, compared to 31 percent in 2011 (Source: Edison Research).…more.
The water cooler talk for us at RWHC is frequently about improving treatment adherence (a patient’s ability and willingness to take his or her medicine consistently, as directed). OK, so we don’t have the most exciting water cooler discussions. But this happens to be important – for all of us…more.
Here’s an idea that every person alive can do, costs nothing, and takes as little as 20 minutes a day: Meditate. A recent peer reviewed, published study shows why: “Meditation is usually thought of as a practice of healthy, well-off white people and Asians. But newly published research suggests it…more.
You can’t escape the headlines: rising expenses and high unemployment. And even for the employed, a sharp reduction in health benefits – coupled with a steep increase in out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance – is making access to life-saving and life-sustaining therapies out of reach for many Americans.…more.
Making Costly – and Deadly – Medical Errors and Unnecessary Hospital Visits Something Only Grandparents Can Remember
“She died from a breakdown in the system. She died from a breakdown in communications.” These heartbreaking words, from patient safety advocate Sorrel King about the loss of her young daughter Josie King, are words that no one should ever have to say or hear. Her 10-year commitment to end…more.