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Weqaya: Abu Dhabi’s Move to Transform Public Health

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In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where one out [[wysiwyg_imageupload:78:]]
of every five people is diagnosed with diabetes and where cardiovascular disease and obesity plague the population, a group of unlikely allies met to face the challenge head on. Hosted by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD), the Innovators’ Forum provided a platform for the emirate’s health body and key partners to present their progress in a pioneering program that could be the public health model for countries around the world.

The program, called Weqaya (Prevention in Arabic), is Abu Dhabi’s innovative roadmap for tackling chronic disease. In time, the programme seeks to gather vital data on the health of the full Abu Dhabi community (a population of 2.3m, with around 80% expatriates). To start with, HAAD led the screening of all Emirati adults in Abu Dhabi for cardiovascular disease risk factors, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use and diabetes.

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Best Hospitals List Drives Reputations

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U.S. News & World Report just released their 2011 list of “best hospitals.”
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:77:]] This list, hugely popular with consumers, is the source of much angst among the nation’s hospitals.  And for good reason; these rankings of best hospitals in 16 specialties are big drivers of reputation.

Johns-Hopkins was ranked number one for the 22nd year.  If Hopkins were an athlete, you would have to retire its jersey.  Massachusetts General Hospital secured the second top spot, moving the Mayo Clinic to number three. Read full post »

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Remembering the "Jackson Hole Group"

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum.  The following is the second in a series of Jeff’s perspective on the Affordable Care Act, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on these issues. – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice

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Protecting Your Head

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Editor's Note: This post was co-authored by Ketchum alum Heather Allen.


With more and more research coming out about [[wysiwyg_imageupload:73:]]
the importance of head safety and how life-threatening concussions and other head trauma can be, multiple industries are taking a hard look at how to be safer.

Take the NFL for example, gone are the years of the “Leather Lids” in the 1920s, as recent developments by Riddell (the official helmet supplier for the NFL) announced a new helmet in 2002, “The Revolution,” which was the first major innovation in 25 years. The ongoing issue of concussions really came to a head (no pun intended) with the highly-publicized side-effects from athletes such as Ted Johnson experiencing so much head trauma.

In: Consumer Health  /   filed under: concussion | head injury | NFL | US Military
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Independent Payment Advisory Board - A New Approach to Controlling Medicare Costs

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The Washington Post editorial page recently [[wysiwyg_imageupload:71:]]stated the obvious when it started out by declaring that “there is no silver bullet to controlling health-care costs, whether in public programs such as Medicare or in the private market.” So Washington being the political zero sum game town it has become, Medicare is being used as a political hot potato right now by Republicans, Democrats, presidential candidates, interest groups and the media who for all their political gamesmanship can’t dance around the fact that Medicare will start running out of money in 2024 -- five years earlier than projected last year. Read full post »