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Iowa lawmakers pass bill on shared use of school, town facilities


Iowa lawmakers passed a bill this week that clarifies liability issues for schools and towns that open up their facilities to the public.

The “community-use” or “shared-use” bill passed on Monday. It must now be signed by the governor before it can become law.

The legislation doesn’t […]

March 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

New rankings give a snapshot of the best and worst trends in the nation’s counties

New rankings released on Wednesday give a snapshot of the best and worst trends in health and mortality among the nation’s counties – with about 60 percent of the nation’s localities showing a decrease in preventable deaths.

Now in its sixth year, the County Health Rankings show that healthier counties […]

March 25th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

USDA: Federal efforts to make schools nutritious are working


Ongoing federal efforts to make school meals more nutritious and widely available to low-income students are working and should be left alone, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Wednesday in a conference call including doctors from some of the nation’s top health organizations.

“With one-third of […]

March 18th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||2 Comments

New Hampshire to offer health insurance coverage to about 50,000 uninsured


New Hampshire earned approval from the federal government this month to expand Medicaid and offer health insurance coverage to about 50,000 uninsured people.

“Federal approval of this waiver is another important step forward for the New Hampshire Health Protection Program, which will help it increase the […]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

AHA CEO Nancy Brown speaks at SXSW about technology, heart disease

By American Heart Association News

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown is back in Austin at South by Southwest, one of the nation’s most influential and hip gatherings.

Brown spoke to attendees on Tuesday, emphasizing how technology and social connections can help Americans battle cardiovascular disease and stroke.

“People are engaging in […]

March 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Losing weight substantially reduces Atrial Fibrillation

Obese patients with atrial fibrillation who lost at least 10 percent of their body weight were six times more likely to achieve long-term freedom from this common heart rhythm disorder compared to those who did not lose weight, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology’s […]

March 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

After one year, patients on new drug fare better than standard therapy

Patients taking evolocumab—an investigational therapy previously shown to dramatically lower “bad” cholesterol—were half as likely to die, suffer a heart attack or stroke, be hospitalized or need a procedure to open blocked arteries compared with those who received standard care, according to research presented at the American College of […]

Heart CT scans show slight benefits Over functional tests for heart disease

Patients with symptoms of heart disease have similar outcomes in terms of death and major cardiac conditions regardless of whether they undergo a functional stress test or a computed tomographic scan, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.

But the […]

March 14th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

Patient advocates playing bigger role at medical conferences


About five years ago, Chere McCain was having a normal Saturday. Most of her five kids were out with friends and she was in the kitchen baking. She had just opened the oven door to check on her cake when her heart stopped beating.

Her college-age […]

‘Merchants of Doubt’ examines science versus spin on issues from tobacco to global warming

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Tobacco companies knew for decades — thanks to their own scientific research — that smoking was dangerous and addictive. But eager to avoid government regulations and public scrutiny, companies orchestrated a national campaign to discredit the science, according to the new documentary Merchants of Doubt from […]

March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments