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Digital Childhood: Realistic Screen Time Limits for Children

January 19, 2016

This past fall, an announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) indicated that the venerable organization was considering modifying its screen time standards for children.

Millions of Americans Need Hearing Aids. Why Don’t They Have Them?

January 14, 2016

Most of us have a relative or friend who could benefit from hearing aids.

From Hospital to Home: The Missing Element in Discharge Planning

January 7, 2016

One of the hallmarks of the 21st century—increased longevity of the population—will increasingly drive federal, state, and local health care programs to focus on optimizing coordination of services across a range of medical care and community services providers. Discharge planning will play a central role in these efforts, particularly discharge to home.

What’s a Central IRB?

January 5, 2016

In clinical research, an institutional review board (IRB) is the group or committee responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of human subjects participating in a study.

Gun Control and Mental Health: How School-Based Mental Health Programs Can Help Address Early Signs of Violent Behavior

December 17, 2015

As a health care consultant, I am fortunate to have close friends who work directly in the health field. Because my best friend is a mental health professional, our conversations often revolve around issues ranging from personal health to public health.

Setting the Bar

December 16, 2015

Is it idealistic to want older adults to get the best possible medical treatment? If our health care system is not doing a good job in this regard, is it appropriate to set a low bar for improvement?

Auld Lang Syne: Let’s Raise a Toast to Prevention

December 16, 2015

‘Tis the season of giving, but it appears that prevention is not on the holiday gift list.

Dietary Reference Intake Values Should Reflect Current Science

December 15, 2015

The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are nutrient-specific reference values set by Expert Committees of the National Academy of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board (FNB).

Generation Indigenous—A Reason to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

December 10, 2015

I grew up hearing that what we do today will affect us for seven generations into the future. As a child, I neither understood nor appreciated the power of that statement, which I heard endlessly from my grandmothers and aunties.

The Impact Of New Hepatitis C Drugs On National Health Spending

December 8, 2015

Those who follow Altarum Institute’s monthly health sector briefs and trend reports are well aware that the five-year run of record low growth rates in national health spending (from 2009 through 2013) has come to an end, or at least been interrupted.

Telemedicine: Using Remote Monitoring to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

December 8, 2015

One of the biggest aims of telemedicine in hospitals today is to reduce the rate of readmissions. Hospitals have a major incentive: If they don't reduce preventable 30-day readmissions, they stand to lose a substantial amount of revenue.

Transparency in Health Care: How Did We Get Here, and What’s Next?

December 3, 2015

Transparency in health care may seem like an oxymoron, but it is a trend that has become inevitable.

World AIDS Day: The Time to Act Is Now

December 1, 2015

December 1 marks the 27th annual observance of World AIDS Day.

Animating Information, Animating Our Audience

November 24, 2015

The challenge for health communicators is to convey complex health information quickly, clearly, and accurately. Palladian Partners has developed a variety of ways to do that, including written text, video interviews, and infographics.

Expanded Coverage Appears To Explain Much Of The Recent Increase In Health Job Growth

November 20, 2015

The rate of health sector hiring started to increase in the middle of 2014, and has continued to accelerate through the first three quarters of 2015.

Tobacco Use in the Military

November 19, 2015

Today the American Cancer Society and health advocates nationwide celebrate the Great American Smokeout, a day that draws attention to the dangers of tobacco and encourages smokers to quit

Movember and the Global Health & Wellbeing Survey

November 18, 2015

Inequity is not something that comes to mind often when we think about men.

The Pre-existing Condition: Innovative Solutions to America’s Thorniest Healthcare Challenge

November 17, 2015

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is an intrusive, expensive, mechanistic device for expanding the number of people with insurance cards rather than for the more important goal of bringing better care to more people at lower cost year after year.

For Veterans Community Action Teams, Every Day Is Veterans Day

November 11, 2015

Each year, the nation pauses for one day in November to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who have worn the uniform.

California’s Duals Demonstration: Listening to Voices That Count the Most

November 10, 2015

California is among a dozen states participating in the national demonstration to improve care for people with serious chronic illnesses and functional limitations who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare.

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