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CDC: Tobacco-Linked Cancers Still Make Up 40 Percent of All Cancers

CDC: Tobacco-Linked Cancers Still Make Up 40 Percent of All Cancers

Fewer people smoking, but cancer burden still high in the U.S.

High U.S. Economic Burden for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

High U.S. Economic Burden for Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

A recent study examined the current economic burden attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases among U.S. adults.

U.S. Health Care System Ranks Among Least Efficient Worldwide

U.S. Health Care System Ranks Among Least Efficient Worldwide

The United States has remained near the bottom of the Bloomberg Health-Care Efficiency Index since its creation in 2012.

Health Insurance Expansion Linked to Improved CRC Resection Rates

Health Insurance Expansion Linked to Improved CRC Resection Rates

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The model for the Affordable Care Act, the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform, was associated with increased resection rates and a reduced risk for emergency resection in patients with colorectal cancer.

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Economic Burden of U.S. Opioid Epidemic is 78.5 Billion Dollars Annually

Patient abuse of opioids costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of health care, lost productivity, and treatment programs.

CDC: Not Enough Adults Over 50 Exercise Regularly

CDC: Not Enough Adults Over 50 Exercise Regularly

Inactivity boosts risk for falls, broken bones, serious disease, and early death, CDC warns.

Some Older Adults Use High-risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Some Older Adults Use High-risk Methods to Obtain Opioids

Almost 15 percent of older adults surveyed used high-risk methods for obtaining prescription opioids, according to a recent study.

ACA Is Helping Americans Afford Prescriptions

ACA Is Helping Americans Afford Prescriptions

Improvement seen in all age levels, but millions still struggle with the cost of prescription drugs

Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in Many European Nations

Cancer Now Leading Cause of Death in Many European Nations

Gains against cardiovascular disease, especially in Western Europe, is likely a cause for the shift.

Obesity in Cancer Survivors on the Rise

Obesity in Cancer Survivors on the Rise

Estimated rate of annual increase in obesity prevalence higher for adults with history of cancer

VP Biden Talks About the Role of CancerLinQ at ASCO 2016

VP Biden Talks About the Role of CancerLinQ at ASCO 2016

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At the 2016 ASCO meeting, Vice President Joe Biden spoke about his vision for comprehensive data-sharing as part of the Cancer MoonShot initiative.

Survey Highlights Barriers to Global Data Sharing

Survey Highlights Barriers to Global Data Sharing

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Funding, informatics system, clinical data capture, and European data protection legislation were considered the greatest barriers to effective data sharing.

More Data Needed on Cancer Treatment Costs

More Data Needed on Cancer Treatment Costs

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More transparency regarding the costs of various treatment regimens in real time is needed to "choose wisely" for patients, providers, and payers.

Water Contaminated With Arsenic Linked to Skin Cancer in U.S.

Water Contaminated With Arsenic Linked to Skin Cancer in U.S.

Association occurred at arsenic concentrations below 2001 EPA maximum.

Significant Increase in US Cancer Center Advertising Seen in Past Decade

Significant Increase in US Cancer Center Advertising Seen in Past Decade

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US cancer centers have dramatically increased their spending on advertising to promote their services, and the bulk of this spending was by for-profit organizations.

Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient Populations

Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient Populations

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After implementation of health insurance reforms in Massachusetts that also expanded access to care to non-safety-net hospitals, researchers found that minority-serving hospitals are vital to providing care for these patient populations.

U.S. Cancer Survivors Aging, Battling Other Chronic Conditions

U.S. Cancer Survivors Aging, Battling Other Chronic Conditions

Likelihood of other chronic conditions will stress health care system in next two decades, as more patients with cancer live longer.

AAMC Institutes Multipronged Approach to Alleviate Impending Physician Shortage

AAMC Institutes Multipronged Approach to Alleviate Impending Physician Shortage

AAMC promotes multipronged approach to address the expected physician shortage, including federal support, technology, care delivery changes.

CDC: Cigarette Smoking Drops in U.S. Adolescents

CDC: Cigarette Smoking Drops in U.S. Adolescents

A decreasing number of adolescents are smoking, but e-cigarette use and rates of distracted driving are on the rise for this group.

Fluoridated Water (Fact Sheet)

Fluoridated Water (Fact Sheet)

Water fluoridation began in the United States in 1945, and possible connections between cancer and fluoridation have been debated since.

Many Americans Have Reservations About Clinical Trials

Many Americans Have Reservations About Clinical Trials

Only 40 percent of those polled had favorable view of these studies, but the number rose when they received more information.

Nutrition Facts Label Redesigned by FDA

Nutrition Facts Label Redesigned by FDA

Added sugars and relevant portion sizes are among the highlights of this food label revision.

United States Health Report Card Finds Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist

United States Health Report Card Finds Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist

A new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds improvements to infant mortality rates and number of insured citizens, but other problem areas persist.

Many Hold Incorrect Beliefs About FDA Approval Standards and Breakthrough Therapies

Many Hold Incorrect Beliefs About FDA Approval Standards and Breakthrough Therapies

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Recent survey data indicates that the majority of respondents held incorrect beliefs about both U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval standards.

The Community Health Needs Assessment: Building the Backbone of a Navigation Process

The Community Health Needs Assessment: Building the Backbone of a Navigation Process

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A navigation process that effectively addresses a community's health care disparities and barriers to cancer care is driven by a triennial Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).

FDA Wants Generic Opioids to Be More Abuse-Deterrent

FDA Wants Generic Opioids to Be More Abuse-Deterrent

In the latest step to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse, U.S. officials urge generic drug makers to make changes to opioids.

CDC: U.S. Cancer Rates Continue to Drop

CDC: U.S. Cancer Rates Continue to Drop

Many cancer types continue to experience a steady rate drop, but there's been a concerning increase in liver cancer.

Many Seniors Receiving Unneeded Mammography and Prostate Cancer Screening

Many Seniors Receiving Unneeded Mammography and Prostate Cancer Screening

The rate of non-recommended screening is 15.7 percent in those 65 years and older.

U.S. Cancer Mortality Rates Experience Significant Drop Since 1991

U.S. Cancer Mortality Rates Experience Significant Drop Since 1991

Mortality rate changes in the United States since 1991 translate to an additional 1.7 million cancer survivors.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impacts Stage at Diagnosis and Fertility-Sparing Treatment in Young Women With Cervical Cancer

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impacts Stage at Diagnosis and Fertility-Sparing Treatment in Young Women With Cervical Cancer

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Both the stage of cervical cancer at diagnosis and the receipt of fertility-sparing treatment among young women age 21 to 25 years, but not among women age 26 to 34 years, is associated with the Affordable Care Act Dependent Coverage Expansion provision.

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