Chronic disease

Quit for a day, kick the habit for a lifetime

Today is the Great American Smokeout, an opportunity for current smokers to kick the deadly habit not only for today but a lifetime.

Take our poll: Does meningitis outbreak call for more public health funding?

As of Oct. 17, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a total of 247 illnesses and 19 deaths caused by the meningitis outbreak. Investigators have now widened their focus to other drugs manufactured by the New England Compounding Center (Mass.), the source of the original steroid medication that allegedly caused the outbreak.

Diet, physical activity and clear communication key to reversing premature disease, death

Attendees of the National Public Health Information Coalition's symposium got a mouthful of healthy advice from nutrition and prevention expert David Katz about how diet, physical activity and how we communicate about them are critical to reversing rising rates of premature disease and death.

Mammography bus makes stop in D.C.

The first mobile 3-D mammography bus parked its wheels outside the U.S. Capitol building today to showcase major technological advancements being made to help catch the disease at its earliest stages, when it’s easier and less costly to treat.

Influx in quitline calls attributable to national campaign

Just months after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched its Tips from Former Smokers national advertising campaign targeted to current smokers, a new report shows calls to the quitline increased markedly.

Study: Home is where the health is

Chronically ill patients who have access to a medical home are less likely to report medical errors and more likely to have a better rapport with their doctor, according to an international survey released today by the Commonwealth Fund. The study also underscores the health care system’s financial squeeze on patients in the U.S.

Making ‘the healthy choice the easy choice’ underlies diabetes challenge

A scourge once only treated with eccentric diets, diabetes care and prevention have come a long way. Achieving further progress against the disease, however, depends not only on continued research, education and advancements in care, but on improving policies to help prevent or delay its onset, according to health experts.

Obama delays smog standards

President Obama today delayed standards proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that would have reduced levels of ground-level ozone air pollution and provided stronger public health protections.