In a follow-up to a blog we wrote last week, the Senate passed the 21st Century Cures Act designed to boost funding for research and fast-track FDA drug approvals. The most robust piece of healthcare related legislation since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now goes to President Obama to sign into law…..which the President has said he will do. From Fox News: The Cures Act provides for … Continue reading Cures Act Update
It’s not here yet but it’s coming, and this week is designed to serve as a reminder. It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week and if you haven’t received a flu shot yet….it’s not too late. Keep in mind, Arizona is coming off a rough flu season where our state often had more flu cases than any other state in the nation. The Arizona Department of Health Services … Continue reading Are Arizonans Ready?
There are a number of national health rankings where our state sits at the middle of the pack and we know there is a lot of work to do in those areas. But a new poll, just released by Gallup-Healthways, puts Arizona number two in well-being among people aged 55 and over! From the Washington Post: The states with the highest levels of well-being among … Continue reading Arizona’s Impressive National Rank!
The old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may need an update. A new study suggests a handful of nuts every day may really work wonders! From the New York Daily News: To live a long, healthy life, go a little nuts — every day. That’s the takeaway of a study published Monday in the BMC Medicine journal, which found that munching … Continue reading Awww Nuts!
The University of Arizona campus is a long way from the plains of East Africa. But a new study headed by a UA anthropologist uses modern day hunter-gatherers in Tanzania to highlight the importance of exercise. From Arizona Public Media: One hunter-gatherer group in Tanzania has a low risk of heart disease, and it’s because of their lifestyle, University of Arizona research shows. The intensity … Continue reading New Research on Old Way of Life
We may not be the healthiest state in the nation….yet, but Arizona did just crack the top 10 in an important national health survey. The 2016 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranks our state 8th in physical health and 9th in overall well-being. Infographics on ArizonaFuture.org show that our state meets or beats the national average in several key well-being metrics. These all relate to the physical … Continue reading Arizona’s Health Rank Rises
10,000 diseases…..only 500 treatments. While some may quibble about the numbers, that message is at the heart of the 21st Century Cures Act. As a quick overview of this piece of legislation – Vox.com writes: The 21st Century Cures Act is a bipartisan effort that’s been in the works since April 2014. The idea behind the bill is that the Food and Drug Administration’s current … Continue reading 21st Century Cures Act