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Health Disparities News Roundup – Friday, January 6, 2012

Just in case you missed it, here’s some of the latest health news and reports from this past week.

New York Times: Massachusetts Health Plan Extended to Immigrants – “Massachusetts cannot bar legal immigrants from a state health care program, according to a ruling issued Thursday by the state’s highest court, a decision that edges the state closer to its goal of providing near-universal health care coverage to its residents.” >> Read More

Pulse & Signal: Sustain or Die: The Rise of Public Health 2.0 – “Let me make it even more clear: for public health initiatives to be anywhere near effective in the coming years, the phrase sustain or die will need to ring loudly. Sounds a bit morbid right? Well, unfortunately that’s exactly what we are dealing with these days. A deadly lack of effectiveness. According to an August study published in the Lancet – there will be an additional 65 million more obese Americans by the year 2030. That’s pretty staggering number in the next 18 years. How long do we need to look at these numbers and hear these reports before we realize that if we don’t do something drastic, effective and sustainable, the world of public health will lose out on the premise that the discipline is aimed at prevention and saving lives.” >> Read More

UConn Today: The Right to Health Care – Should undocumented immigrants be entitled to health care? And if so, on what grounds? >> Read More

NPR’s Health Blog Shots: Gaps In Health Coverage Can Disrupt Preventive Care – “People without health insurance don’t get enough preventive care — simple but important things like vaccinations and blood tests. But surely having insurance every now and then is better than none at all, because people can get caught up on their tests when they are covered, right? >> Read More

Medical Unit: Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline – “Deaths rates from cancer dropped 1.8 percent per year in men and 1.6 percent per year in women between 2004 and 2008, according to a new report — a promising trend that experts hope will accelerate in the years to come.” >> Read More

WHPTV: Why we’re fat: heredity plays a role – “Though innate biology does play a role in whether someone tends to gain weight, individuals can work with their biology to achieve weight goals, say obesity experts. Step one, however, is to know what you’re up against. Step two is knowing how not to trip the genes you’ve been dealt. In this four-part series, local and national obesity experts weigh in on 40 reasons Americans are fat — and what you can do about them.” >> Read More

Forbes: The Need to Link Medical and Social Care for Seniors – “Eighty-give percent of physicians say that unmet social needs lead to worse health outcomes, according to a new survey sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But only 20 percent are confident in their ability to help patients and their families meet those needs. Talk about good news and bad news!” >> Read More

NY Daily News: Anti-obesity ads featuring overweight kids spark controversy in Georgia – A series of stark anti-obesity ads featuring miserable, overweight kids has sparked controversy in Georgia. The ads feature children talking about their weight issues in between harrowing messages such as, “Some diseases aren’t just for adults anymore,” and “Being fat takes the fun out of being a kid.” >> Read More

Image Credit: Photo by the Office of Governor Patrick

About Gina Hernandez

Gina Hernandez is a Program Director at the Society for New Communications Research and has worked 7+ years in the digital communications field. Prior to joining the Society for New Communications Research, Gina worked at re: Imagine group, where she where she led media and blogger outreach and agency research.

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