It's disheartening; the cure for the ills of U.S. health care lies within our grasp, yet it eludes us. We cannot answer basic questions–What works? What we are paying for? Are we getting what we need? Are we getting the right care at the right time and place? QI and UM: Strange bedfellows, but both need data to communicate
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When it comes to health, the better-informed patient does better—Duh! What is a patient to do to reverse or ameliorate heart failure, that is, besides taking meds? ABSTRACT Context Little is known about the effects of low health literacy among patients with heart failure, a condition that requires self-management and frequent interactions with the health care system.
Medical research has largely been focused on curative medicine–"medicine yielding better drugs, medical devices, and clinical procedures. [Where as] Prevention science—the systematic application of scientific methods to the causes and prevention of diseases in populations—has yet to receive the necessary investment and support required to reduce the growing burden of largely preventable noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)."
Can you imagine a child getting sick or harmed from your refusal to protect them? How about the observation that routine childhood immunizations may reduce the risk of leukemia? 
About 40% of cancers could be prevented were people to stop smoking and overeating, limit alcohol intake, exercise regularly and get vaccines that target cancer-causing infections (e.g., HPV, Hepatitis B). For more information, see: the International Union Against Cancer's, "UICC Population Survey of Cancer-related Beliefs and Behaviours" (PDF), the World Cancer Campaign, “Today’s children, tomorrow’s world” or contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
Some experts and the FDA say that a test that finds ovarian cancer early is "premature and it has not been proved to work."
The “Million Hearts” initiative is worth keeping for its reach and cost-benefit. It is designed to "prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next 5 years by implementing proven, effective, inexpensive interventions." In the clinical realm, Million Hearts will improve management of the “ABCS” — aspirin for high-risk patients, blood-pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation.
This message is vitally important to both women and men... This article was emailed to me by a friend this week. It has been circulating on the internet, but I was unable to identify/confirm its source. Nevertheless, I am passing it along because it is essential advice.
That good lifestyle choices help prevent cardiovascular diseases and otherwise "enhance health….is a compelling reminder that health is the shared responsibility of individuals and communities." Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in most of the world and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) lead the pack. While there is evidence of some clinical progress in reducing CVD morbidity and mortality, lifestyle and culture play a vital role. Methodological issues of some of the stu