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How green are state governments?

How green are state governments?

State governments have trumpeted many greenhouse-gas and energy reduction targets for their own state operations — "leading by example" while urging similar change in the private sector. And state agencies have employed an array of energy-saving programs and fleet requirements toward these goals.
By Rita Beamish | 07/02/2015
Milk marketing to children raises questions

Milk marketing to children raises questions

Milk is rarely seen as a health food. Why is it marketed to children when other sources of calcium exist?
By Martha Rosenberg | 07/02/2015
Why are poor kids in Maine hungry and overweight?

Why are poor kids in Maine hungry and overweight?

In Maine, one in three children are overweight, and about half of poor children ages 10 to 17 are obese. Programs such as "Let's Go!" have tried to combat the trends by spreading messages of healthy eating and exercise, but widespread problems persist. Why the impasse?
By Patricia Wight | 07/01/2015
California finds the road to reform is rocky for vulnerable ‘dual eligible’ patients

California finds the road to reform is rocky for vulnerable ‘dual eligible’ patients

Last year, California embarked on a bold new experiment to improve how care is coordinated among patients enrolled in both Medicaid and Medicare. But the progress has been anything but smooth for a host of reasons, as UCLA health researcher Kathryn Kietzman explains in this overview.
By Kathryn Kietzman | 06/30/2015
A Public Death: Are digital records behind a paywall better than none at all?

A Public Death: Are digital records behind a paywall better than none at all?

At first, Virginia's announcement that it was digitizing millions of vital records seemed like a win. But a closer look reveals that the effort has placed the records behind a paywall that effectively hinders access. That's a shame, given the public health benefits that come with freer access.
By William Heisel | 06/30/2015
Personalizing medicine with tailored social services

Personalizing medicine with tailored social services

When it comes to "super-utilizers," improving health and saving money is the only measure of success for many in the industry. Some programs have achieved those twin objectives, but some wonder if that bar is too high for a group of patients who've often endured decades of poverty and trauma.
By Dan Gorenstein | 06/30/2015
New series on ‘superbugs’ should prompt medical community to take action

New series on ‘superbugs’ should prompt medical community to take action

As a new series in Consumer Reports makes clear, antibiotic-resistant infections are becoming more prevalent. The report should be a wake-up call for prescribers and patients to be more thoughtful about how they use antibiotics.
By Pieter Cohen, Kinna Thakarar | 06/29/2015
The challenge in pairing the sick with social services

The challenge in pairing the sick with social services

The idea is simple: Health care providers leave the exam room and spend more time developing relationships with patients in their kitchens and living rooms. But can such an approach actually keep chronically ill patients from landing in the hospital over and over again?
By Dan Gorenstein | 06/29/2015

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