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Surgeon General Issues Skin Cancer Call to Action

July 30, 2014
The U.S. surgeon general on July 29 released a call to action on preventing skin cancer. Such calls for action are “science-based document[s] to stimulate action nationwide to solve a major public health problem.” As noted in the call to action’s executive summary, “The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer calls on partners in prevention from various sectors across the nation to address skin cancer as a major public health problem. Federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments; members of the business, health care, and education sectors; community, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations; and individuals and families are all essential partners in this effort.” [Read more >>]

CVS Ends Tobacco Sales

February 5, 2014
CVS Caremark pharmacies will phase out sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products this year. [Read more >>]

After 50 Years, New Harms of Smoking Still Emerging

January 24, 2014
The 2014 Surgeon General’s report, “The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress”, released January 17, presented some notable new conclusions since the last report in 2012, including new evidence that smoking causes liver cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and general inflammation in the body.
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Virtual Adviser Helps Older Latino Adults Get More Exercise

November 19, 2013
When it comes to getting motivated to exercise and do things that are good for our health, sometimes all it takes is a little help from our friends. [Read more >>]

Harkin Introduces the HeLP America Act

January 22, 2013
The Harkin bill outlines critical public health and prevention initiatives. Legislation includes provisions to fight chronic disease; encourage healthier communities, schools and workplaces; and improve opportunities for individuals with disabilities. [Read more >>]

Funding Alerts from Prevention and Public Health Fund

September 25, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the second round of Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Program funding. Over $70 million has been made available to 40 national, state and local organizations to prevent disease and improve health in communities across the nation. Also announced is a new round of awards for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program. [Read more >>]

Will the AHRQ be Eliminated?

July 26, 2012
Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies approved a spending bill, which moves along this week to the full Committee for consideration and possible amendments. Then, it's on to a vote in the House of Representatives. The bill is generating a fair amount of attention because it takes some drastic steps with respect to government funding of research. [Read more >>]

Social Networks can be Used to Influence Health Behavior

July 10, 2012
Most people call it the "art" of persuasion, but public health researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) are trying to pinpoint the "science" behind social influence. [Read more >>]

New Guidelines from USPSTF Reinforce Center for Medical Weight Loss Model for Treating Obesity

July 10, 2012
New guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) – which recommend that all doctors screen patients for obesity and prescribe intensive, multicomponent behavioral interventions to those meeting the criteria – is the latest in a series of events supporting non-surgical, physician-directed weight loss. [Read more >>]

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld most of President Obama’s healthcare overhaul law, saying it was authorized by Congress’s power to levy taxes. The vote was 5-4. [Read more >>]

The Atlantic Publishes Article on Behavior Modification Theory, Obesity and Health

May 24, 2012
The Atlantic magazine published an article on behavior modification theory, obesity, and health, and quotes SBM past-president Abby C. King, PhD. [Read more >>]

Three Fears may Discourage Colorectal Cancer Screening

May 2, 2012
New research about why people forego colorectal cancer (CRC) screening suggests that three fears play a significant role: fear of embarrassment, fear of getting AIDS and fear of pain may make some seniors skip the potentially lifesaving tests. [Read more >>]
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