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CVS Ends Tobacco Sales

February 5, 2014
CVS Caremark pharmacies will phase out sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products this year, according to a Viewpoint published in JAMA today. [Read more >>]

After 50 Years, New Harms of Smoking Still Emerging

January 24, 2014
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David Abrams to be named 2014 AAHB Research Laureate

November 19, 2013
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Virtual adviser helps older Latino adults get more exercise, researcher says

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, and education 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 >>]

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

July 10, 2012
New guidelines from the US 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 >>]

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 >>]

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act

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

The Atlantic publishes article on behavior modification theory, obesity, mhealth

May 24, 2012
The Atlantic magazine publishes an article on behavior modification theory, obesity, and mhealth, 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 >>]

Submit a Comment on the APA Draft - Competencies for the Education and Training of Psychologists

March 14, 2012
Opportunity to submit a comment on the APA draft document defining competencies for the education and training of psychologists who provide health care services by May 4, 2012. [Read more >>]

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Creates a New Institute

March 14, 2012
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is moving forward with creating a new Institute, resulting from the reorganization of substance use, abuse, and addiction-related research, with the working name, National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders. [Read more >>]

IOM Partners Develop New National Campaign Tackling the Obesity Crisis

January 17, 2012
As obesity continues to diminish the quality of people's lives and raise health care costs, the Institute of Medicine is pleased to join HBO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente in developing "The Weight of the Nation," a new national campaign tackling the obesity crisis. [Read more >>]

National Institute of General Medical Sciences Reorganizes

January 4, 2012
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a part of the National Institutes of Health that supports basic research and research training, has established two new divisions. Each will administer existing NIGMS programs along with programs transferred to NIGMS from the former NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). [Read more >>]

PCORI Methodology Committee Issues Request for Information

January 3, 2012
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee seeks information from experts in the scientific community on developing and improving the science and methods of comparative clinical effectiveness research. [Read more >>]

NIH launches first online genetics course for social and behavioral scientists

January 3, 2012
A new genetics educational program will provide social and behavioral scientists with sufficient genetics background to allow them to engage effectively in interdisciplinary research with genetics researchers. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health, partnered with the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics to create the free, Web-based project. [Read more >>]

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Opportunities and Challenges

December 15, 2011
The December 2011 issue of Health Affairs explores changes needed to ensure that comparative effectiveness research improves patient care, including the challenge of "negative" research findings. [Read more >>]

New Report - Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2011

December 7, 2011
Today the American Lung Association released its fourth annual Helping Smokers Quit: Tobacco Cessation Coverage 2011 report. The report provides an overview of smoking cessation services and treatments offered in each state by Medicaid, Medicare, state employee plans, quitlines and private insurance. It also discusses past and future federal government actions to help smokers quit. [Read more >>]

CMS memos - Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Cardiovascular Disease and STIs

November 9, 2011
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the evidence is adequate to conclude that intensive behavioral therapy for cardiovascular disease (CVD) is reasonable and necessary for the prevention or early detection of illness or disability, is appropriate for individuals entitled to benefits under Part A or enrolled under Part B and is comprised of components that are recommended with a grade of A or B by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). [Read more >>]

Chris A. Kaiser, PhD, to Lead NIGMS

October 18, 2011
NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, today announced the selection of Chris A. Kaiser, PhD, as the new director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. [Read more >>]

FDA and NIH Announce Joint Study on Tobacco Use and Risk Perceptions

October 6, 2011
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health today announced a joint, large-scale, national study of tobacco users to monitor and assess the behavioral and health impacts of new government tobacco regulations. [Read more >>]

HealthIT.gov Has Officially Launched

September 8, 2011
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announces the launch of its new website, HealthIT.gov. This website is designed to become the leading national resource on health information technology (health IT) for both consumers and health care professionals. [Read more >>]

HHS awards $40 million to boost public health infrastructure

September 7, 2011
HHS has awarded $40 million for public health infrastructure and workforce. According to HHS, "This is the second year of CDC's 5-year program known as the National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) Strengthening Public Health Infrastructure for Improved Health Outcomes grant program. Over 100 people have already been hired through the NPHII and an additional 116 positions are expected to be filled through today's awards." [Read more >>]

Research Opportunities Related To FDA Regulatory Authority Over Tobacco Products

August 26, 2011
Research Opportunities at NIH, the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) and other NAQC Resources to Support Research Proposal Development [Read more >>]

Legacy's Community Activist Award Nominations

August 16, 2011
Nominate a Deserving Colleague for Legacy's Community Activist Award - $2500 honorarium [Read more >>]

Weigh in on Ideas for NIH Common Fund Programs

August 5, 2011
New ideas for Common Fund programs are identified annually by internal and external scientists and stakeholders. They are now asking for input on these ideas to help shape new programs for 2013. [Read more >>]

American Academy of Pediatrics Launches New Tobacco Control Policy and Advocacy Resource

July 20, 2011
The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence launched its new Tobacco Prevention Policy Tool! This interactive web-based tool describes policy strategies that support prevention of youth tobacco initiation, reduction in secondhand smoke exposure, and support for cessation. [Read more >>]

Comment on NQF Prevention Endorsement Maintenance Project

July 1, 2011
The National Quality Forum (NQF) Population Health: Prevention Endorsement Maintenance Project seeks to expand NQF's previous efforts in prevention and healthy behaviors through a multi-stakeholder, consensus development process. [Read more >>]

Mammograms' Value Debated, Especially For Older Women

July 1, 2011
The role of mammograms in reducing breast cancer mortality was the topic of conversation at a forum at the Harvard School of Public Health and of a recent article from The Washington Post. [Read more >>]

IOM Report: Relieving Pain in America

June 29, 2011
Written by the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education; Institute of Medicine, on June 29, 2011 the IOM published a report titled Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. [Read more >>]

Affordable Care Act to Improve Data Collection, Reduce Health Disparities

June 29, 2011
HHS announces new draft standards to improve the monitoring of health data by race, ethnicity, sex, primary language, and disability status, and begins planning for the collection of LGBT health data. [Read more >>]

CMS Announces Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Coverage Changes

June 24, 2011
The Obama Administration took critical steps on June 24, 2011 to help smokers quit by announcing expanded Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation services, including comprehensive cessation coverage for pregnant women and funding for telephone quitlines. [Read more >>]

FDA Announces Final Cigarette Health Warning Labels

June 21, 2011
The FDA released the final cigarette health warning labels today. Check out the 9 images that will be featured on all cigarette packages beginning September 2012. [Read more >>]

Growing a better NIH: A radical way to fix the nation's medical-research establishment

June 20, 2011
America has become the unquestioned global leader in biomedical science. As it has, the NIH has also become critically important to states like Massachusetts, which reaped more than $2 billion in funding last year, fueling a high-tech economy of high-paying jobs. But biomedical science is not the same thing as health, and in a very important sense, our investment in the NIH is not fully paying off. [Read more >>]

More People with Medicare Receiving Free Preventive Care

June 20, 2011
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new report showing that more than 5 million Americans with traditional Medicare, or nearly one in six people with Medicare, took advantage of one or more of the recommended preventive benefits now available for free thanks to the Affordable Care Act. [Read more >>]

Series dissects and explains the Affordable Care Act

June 13, 2011
The Kaiser Family Foundation today launched a new series of short notes that will dissect and help explain the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the private health insurance market. The series, "Notes on Health Insurance and Reform," will feature timely posts that clarify complex regulatory and insurance topics, provide context for ongoing policy debates, and foreshadow significant implementation challenges. [Read more >>]

Winners of Health Data Apps Creation Contest

June 9, 2011
Students were invited to participate in an exciting, new initiative to transform health data into innovative, effective applications (apps) and tools that take on the nation's pressing health issues. Three winning teams were recognized on June 9, 2011 at the Health Data Initiative Forum in Bethesda, MD. [Read more >>]

Straight from the Source: Electronic Patient-Reported Outcomes

May 18, 2011
Researchers and health care providers are increasingly trying to capture information by patient self-reporting because patient reported outcomes provide a unique perspective on patients' health status. In attempt to standardize data collection for electronic patient report outcomes, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, in collaboration with NIH, is identifying a core set of brief, practical measures of symptoms and health behaviors to be used in electronic health records. [Read more >>]

New NeHC University Program: Exploring the Broader Health IT Landscape

May 18, 2011
As part of the National eHealth Collaborative's (NeHC) continuing effort to promote education and awareness of health information technology (health IT) and ONC initiatives to all stakeholders, NeHC has recently made major changes to its Nationwide Health Information Network University education program. [Read more >>]

ActionToQuit news recap

April 25, 2011
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released "Healthy Homes Manual: Smoke-Free Policies in Multiunit Housing." [Read more >>]

Attestation Opens for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR)

April 18, 2011
Attestation for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program opens April 18th [Read more >>]

On-line Petition Opposing the NIH Funding Cut

March 17, 2011
The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research has posted an on-line petition opposing the NIH funding cut. [Read more >>]
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