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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 [[wysiwyg_imageupload: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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It’s Time to Resurrect the Public Health Focus on Smoking

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Fifty years ago, the first ever U.S. Surgeon
General’s report on smoking
on [[wysiwyg_imageupload:172:]]health was released. Among other things, the report concluded that lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by smoking.

Fast forward to 2014, and we find that lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States, claiming 158,000 lives annually, and COPD is the nation’s third leading cause of death, claiming 134,000 Americans annually. As diseases like breast cancer adorn the jerseys of professional players, lung cancer and its primary cause – smoking – can’t even get an invitation to a try out. Read full post »