GDUFA

Acronym of the week would be more accurate, but GDUFA will be used as a word so it might as well be defined as one.  With the passage of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act on July 9, 2012, GDUFA (‘Generic Drug User...
                          

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When Definitions Change: Autism and the DSM-5

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Autism does not look the same from one person181
to the next. 

It is unique in each diagnosis, showcasing different challenges and attributes for all. Along the autism spectrum, people share a wide range of developmental and social abilities, which poses challenges when defining and diagnosing autism. This past week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new findings that report a staggering one in every 68 children has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The community understandably has concerns about the updated statistics. However, the inconsistencies with diagnosing – and misdiagnosing – autism led to the American Psychiatric Association fifth edition update of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (DSM-5) in 2013.

What’s new in the DSM? Read full post »

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Looking Beyond the Facts: The Hard Truth about Heart Health among Women

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“Certainly, understanding of one's risk for any disease must be anchored in facts. But if we want our facts to translate into better health, we may need to start talking more about our feelings.” -- Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D. (Cardiology), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


March is Women’s History Month, 31 days
dedicated to commemorating female 180 leaders, innovators and those who defied conventionality to get ahead. As we honor the history of strong-hearted women, it is important to also take a deeper look at the history of our heart health.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that heart disease has been the leading cause of death among Americans since the 1930’s. In 1984, more women than men died of heart disease, and for 20 years this statistic has remained the same. Read full post »

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Defining Beauty: A Decade of Breaking Media Habits and Building Consumer Confidence

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The 27th Annual National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) week was February 23 –
March 1.

Dissatisfaction with our bodies starts early. By 183
age six, many girls start to express concerns about their appearance. Of girls, ages six to 12 years old, 40 to 60 percent are aware of their weight or worried about becoming fat. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, nearly 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder.

Beauty and the images we see
Nearly 10 years ago, Dove started their Real Beauty Campaign kicking off with a video revealing significant Photoshop edits that take place after photography – from the removal of blemishes to a drastic remodeling of facial and neck structure. The mission of this and similar campaigns is succinct: to improve self-esteem and help men and women feel good about their unique inner and outer beauty. Read full post »

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Counseling on Long-Term Solutions, Not Just Short-Term Metrics

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Fifteen years ago, I remember working with the
President of the Medical 178 Society of New Jersey. A cardiologist, he often spoke about the need to have more defibrillators in public places like movie theaters and restaurants to save someone’s life in case of a heart attack. At the time, it was an expensive proposition, but through an aggressive outreach from both Dr. R. Gregory Sachs and his cardiologist colleagues, device companies were able to provide such devices, which are now more prolific than ever.

The effort to make defibrillators readily available massively improved the device companies’ overall reputation and increased understanding of the heart attacks in a way that no leaflet or website could have dreamed possible. People became more focused on knowing what to do, because defibrillators were now within reach. The responsibility to potentially save someone’s life could fall on them. Read full post »

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CVS Quits Tobacco, Chooses Health and Wealth

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CVS Caremark Corporation recently announced that177
it will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores across the U.S. by October 1, 2014.

The bold decision, estimated to cost the company $2 billion in revenue on an annual basis, leaves no doubt that CVS, which once stood for Consumer Value Store, is making a significant investment in rebranding itself as a healthcare provider. It also raises the question of how CVS will replace the lost revenue.

Retailers like CVS are poised to play a major role in the delivery of primary care as payment reform and physician shortages make traditional healthcare systems increasingly difficult to navigate, fueling the growing demand for convenient, retail health clinics. Read full post »