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Women’s Health | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Visit the Kaiser Foundation website by clicking below to get the facts on women’s health.

“Select a subcategory on the left to see how the indicators compare across the states. Results will be shown as a table, map, or trend graph as available.”

via Women’s Health | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Filed under: Abortion, access to education, Aging, Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, consumers, Feminization of Poverty, Gender, Gender Policy, Health and Exercise, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform, Public Health, Public Policy, Women's rights, , , , ,

Visualizing Health Policy: The Role of Medicaid and Medicare in Women’s Health Care | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

When you consider that all of our health depends on those 9 or so gestation months and on the first three years of life for a healthy foundation, then we need to also understand that the health of adult women impacts everyone else.  Women’s health is community health..  Because of the childbearing function, women’s health is central to public health.

  • “This month’s Visualizing Health Policy infographic provides information about the role of Medicaid and Medicare in women’s health care: the proportion of US women who are covered by Medicaid and Medicare; how women comprise the majority of those covered by the Medicaid and Medicare programs and the majority of those receiving long-term services and supports (such as home health care); how women on Medicaid are poorer and sicker than women with private coverage; how Medicaid is a primary payer for women’s reproductive health services; and how women on Medicare spend more than their male counterparts on medical care and also have higher rates of health problems and social challenges.”

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via Visualizing Health Policy: The Role of Medicaid and Medicare in Women’s Health Care | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

Filed under: Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, consumers, Health and Exercise, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform, , ,

2010 > FDA Approves New Formulation for OxyContin

Oxycontin is still a drug abuse problem in our society… The FDA approved a new version of the drug back in 2010 and the company is supposed to do a followup study to tell us how safe the new FDA approved version is…. Have you seen the study?  Five years have gone by and God knows how many addictions and lives?

“The reformulated OxyContin is intended to prevent the opioid medication from being cut, broken, chewed, crushed or dissolved to release more medication. The new formulation may be an improvement that may result in less risk of overdose due to tampering, and will likely result in less abuse by snorting or injection; but it still can be abused or misused by simply ingesting larger doses than are recommended.

“Although this new formulation of OxyContin may provide only an incremental advantage over the current version of the drug, it is still a step in the right direction,” said Bob Rappaport, M.D., director of the Division of Anesthesia and Analgesia Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

“As with all opioids, safety is an important consideration,” he said. “Prescribers and patients need to know that its tamper-resistant properties are limited and need to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of using this medication to treat pain.”

According to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately half a million people used OxyContin non-medically for the first time in 2008.

The manufacturer of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma L.P., will be required to conduct a postmarket study to collect data on the extent to which the new formulation reduces abuse and misuse of this opioid. The FDA is also requiring a REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy) that will include the issuance of a Medication Guide to patients and a requirement for prescriber education regarding the appropriate use of opioid analgesics in the treatment of pain.”

See:

http://healththinkshop.com/2013/04/06/there-is-a-reason-why-we-have-a-war-on-drugs-and-why-we-cannot-win-it/

 

Aslo see more via 2010 > FDA Approves New Formulation for OxyContin.

Filed under: Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, Community Tragedy, consumers, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Death and Dying, Health Literacy, Health Policy, News, Parenting, Policy ThinkShop Comments on other media platforms, Political Economy, Public Health, Public Policy

There is a reason why we have a war on drugs and why we cannot win it… « HealthThinkShop

So the issue is twofold:

First, there is the problem of a powerful drug being re-marketed as Oxycontin and promoted in ways that lead to abuse.

Secondly, there is the demand for this drug that is created that in turn creates a tremendous market that seduces the greedy and the stupid (the marketers and the profiteers because thinking you can sale this stuff and not get caught is not brilliant) and the users who are often victims who innocently become dependent and spend the rest of their lives needing more of the drug to prevent from “getting sick” when they violently experience withdrawal from this highly addictive and dangerous drug–people get so sedated under this drug that they stop breathing and die…).

This is not most importantly a debate about weed or about politics, or even about criminality… It is a calculated business move by investors to promote a substance that is now running wild in our society and killing innocent people…

via There is a reason why we have a war on drugs and why we cannot win it… « HealthThinkShop.

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Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: A Checklist for Health Exchanges – Kaiser Family Foundation

Latina women lead all groups in the number of babies born, yet are disconnected from a regular provider, health insurance and quality continuos care.  The current healthcare reform may leave many families outside the CAC safety net because they may not qualify for services due to their immigrant status.  Learn more about women’s health at the Kaiser Family Foundation website below…

“To inform the development of the state health insurance Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, this checklist identifies key coverage, affordability and access issues that are important for women. Based on lessons learned from women’s health research and the Massachusetts experience, the checklist considers essential health benefits, implementation of no-cost preventive services including contraception, provider networks and affordability, outreach and enrollment efforts, and the importance of including gender and other demographic characteristics in data collection and reporting standards. It was jointly authored by policy experts at the Kaiser Family Foundation, The Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health at The George Washington University.”

More via Ensuring the Health Care Needs of Women: A Checklist for Health Exchanges – Kaiser Family Foundation.

Filed under: access to education, Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, Children and Poverty, consumers, Culture Think, Discrimination, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform, Immigration, Latinos, Women's rights, , , , ,

Report Faults India Government Over Child Sex Abuse – NYTimes.com

India’s troubles continue beyond its economic slump into its social fabric.  The immense country is home to a huge portion of the world children and it’s laws do not seem up to the task of nurturing and protecting them.  India is a society of hierarchy and class leaving many poor children at the mercy of those with privilege and power…

“Sexual abuse of children is “disturbingly common” in India, and the government’s response to it has fallen short, both in protecting children and in treating victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released…”

via Report Faults India Government Over Child Sex Abuse – NYTimes.com.

Filed under: Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, Child Abuse, Children and Poverty, Community Tragedy, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Culture Think, Gender, Gender Policy, Maternal and Child Health, News, Parenting, political corruption, Political Economy, Women's rights,

Health Communication and Health Information Technology – Healthy People

Public health and personal wellbeing are tied together in the relationship between knowing and behavior.  Healthy People 2020 has an entire section dedicated to health communication and health information:

Goal

Use health communication strategies and health information technology (IT) to improve population health outcomes and health care quality, and to achieve health equity.

Overview

Ideas about health and behaviors are shaped by the communication, information, and technology that people interact with every day. Health communication and health information technology (IT) are central to health care, public health, and the way our society views health. These processes make up the context and the ways professionals and the public search for, understand, and use health information, significantly impacting their health decisions and actions.

The objectives in this topic area describe many ways health communication and health IT can have a positive impact on health, health care, and health equity. They include:

Supporting shared decision-making between patients and providers.

Providing personalized self-management tools and resources.

Building social support networks.

Delivering accurate, accessible, and actionable health information that is targeted or tailored.

Facilitating the meaningful use of health IT and exchange of health information among health care and public health professionals.

Enabling quick and informed action to health risks and public health emergencies.

Increasing health literacy skills.

Providing new opportunities to connect with culturally diverse and hard-to-reach populations.

Providing sound principles in the design of programs and interventions that result in healthier behaviors.

Increasing Internet and mobile access.

Why Are Health Communication and Health Information Technology Important?

via Health Communication and Health Information Technology – Healthy People.

Filed under: Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, Changing Media Paradigm, consumers, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform, , ,

Michael Specter: Is Dr. Oz Doing More Harm Than Good? : The New Yorker

America is disgruntled with its medical system (healthcare system).  It is ambivalent about it’s doctors but real clear on healthcare costs and outcomes–these are clearly seen as problematic by all.  The AMA still does a good job at protecting physicians, their interests, their reputations and their money.  But the healthcare system, itself, though currently under a significant transformation, remains pretty regular at the most important levels: What doctors know and what patients do.

Doctors are overwhelmed by modern medicine and patients continue lifestyles that are more akin to suicide than to living well.  Well managed stress, diet, exercise and access to those physicians is compromised or absent from a majority of American lives.  Dr. Oz seems to be the latest wizard to step into our medical breach and millions are looking and listening.  The New Yorker gives us a nice profile and perspective on this modern genius of medical practice and of the proverbial boob tube….

“One evening a few weeks ago, several members of a television film crew crammed themselves into a tiny examination room on the seventh floor of the Research Medical Center, in Kansas City. The sun had set and the light was …”

MORE via Michael Specter: Is Dr. Oz Doing More Harm Than Good? : The New Yorker.

Filed under: access to education, Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, consumers, Culture Think, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform, , , , , ,

Keeping Blood Pressure in Check – NYTimes.com

Our modern diet and sedentary lifestyle is killing us.  We eat way too much salt, animal fat and sugar.  We are polluting our blood and coronary disease is a leading killer in our society.  This does not have to be.  Most of us don’t listen until the damage is done… often it is reversible but much of the time there is permanent damage or death.  Read the following NYTs article and read the book recommend …. Save your life or a loved one’s .. really!

“Hypertension and You: Old Drugs, New Drugs, and the Right Drugs for Your High Blood Pressure …”

MORE via Keeping Blood Pressure in Check – NYTimes.com.

Filed under: access to education, Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, consumers, Culture Think, Death and Dying, Health Literacy, Healthcare Reform, , , , , ,

Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline – NYTimes.com

Remembering to sleep and sleeping to remember …

How does the AARP know our 50th birthday before anyone else?  Aging is inevitable but for the baby boomers  who are aging today, it is a nightmare.  Of course, getting proper rest and sleep is necessary for most bodily functions and functioning well every day is dependent on sleeping well every night.  The NYTs shares a new study on sleep, memory and other baby boomer concerns…  baby boom away!

“Scientists have known for decades that the ability to remember newly learned information declines with age, but it was …

MORE via Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline – NYTimes.com.

Filed under: access to education, Aging, Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, Health Literacy, , , , ,

Woman Is Held in Death of Man Pushed Onto Subway Tracks in Queens – NYTimes.com

As the media and public officials filter the violent events of some, there apparently other persons who are inspired by violence and in their own insane way perpetuate hatred and senselessness. The NYT reports on a tragic story involving a NY Subway commuter and a very disturbed passer by.

“A 31-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime in connection with the death of a man who was pushed onto the tracks of an elevated subway station in Queens and crushed by an oncoming …”

via Woman Is Held in Death of Man Pushed Onto Subway Tracks in Queens – NYTimes.com.

Filed under: Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, Culture Think, Death and Dying, Discrimination, News

The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis – Kaiser Family Foundation

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act promises to change our healthcare system once and for all to solve many of its ongoing malformations and contradictions …  No where is this more true than in its expansion of healthcare services to persons under the Medicaid umbrella.  The Kaiser Foundation web, which always provides data and balanced analysis on the usually controversial health issue and so called “entitlement programs” like Medicaid.  The link below includes an entire report showing estimated impact on each of the 50 states …

“A central goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to significantly reduce the number of uninsured by providing a continuum of affordable coverage options through Medicaid and new Health Insurance Exchanges.  Following the June 2012 Supreme Court decision, states face a decision about whether to adopt the Medicaid expansion. These decisions will have enormous consequences for health coverage for the low-income population.

This analysis uses the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model (HIPSM) to provide national as well as state-by-state estimates of the impact of ACA on federal and state Medicaid costs, Medicaid enrollment, and the number of uninsured. The analysis shows that the impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion will vary across states based on current coverage levels and the number of uninsured.  This analysis shows that by implementing the Medicaid expansion with other provisions of the ACA, states could significantly reduce the number of uninsured.  Overall state costs of implementing the Medicaid expansion would be modest compared to increases in federal funds, and some states are likely to see small net budget savings.”

More via The Cost and Coverage Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: National and State-by-State Analysis – Kaiser Family Foundation.

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