Revealed: ‘Non-partisan’ charity received $1.1M grant to ‘produce’ Obamacare success stories amid litany of setbacks and glitches

By  Snejana Farberov PUBLISHED: 10:54 EST, 28  November 2013 |  UPDATED: 11:03 EST, 28 November 2013   A self-described non-partisan organization  promoting affordable health care has received a $1.1million grant to create a  database of Obamacare success stories, it was revealed today. The Washington, DC-based non-profit group  Families USA was awarded the grant October 4…

Acid levels in the diet could have profound effects on kidney health

Contact: Kurtis Pivert kpivert@asn-online.org 202-699-0238 American Society of Nephrology Atlanta, GA (November 9, 2013)—Three new studies suggest that controlling dietary acid intake could help improve kidney health. Results of these studies will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2013 November 5-10 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. A diet rich in wheat…

Obesity kills more Americans than previously thought

Contact: Timothy S. Paul tp2111@columbia.edu 212-305-2676 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health 1 in 5 Americans, Black and White, die from obesity — nearly 3 times previous estimates Obesity is a lot more deadly than previously thought. Across recent decades, obesity accounted for 18 percent of deaths among Black and White Americans between the…

There’s life after radiation for brain cells

Contact: Stephanie Desmon sdesmon1@jhmi.edu 410-955-8665 Johns Hopkins Medicine Johns Hopkins researchers suggest neural stem cells may regenerate after anti-cancer treatment Scientists have long believed that healthy brain cells, once damaged by radiation designed to kill brain tumors, cannot regenerate. But new Johns Hopkins research in mice suggests that neural stem cells, the body’s source of…

IOM States ” roughly $750 billion — was wasted on unnecessary services, excessive administrative costs, fraud, and other problems” in 2009

Date:  Sept. 6, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Transformation of Health System Needed to Improve Care and Reduce Costs WASHINGTON — America’s health care system has become too complex and costly to continue business as usual, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.  Inefficiencies, an overwhelming amount of data, and other economic and quality…

Only 15% of Whistleblower Off Label Drug Complaints have Adequate Financial Disclosure

Contact: Sumrina Yousufzai syousufzai@plos.org 415-568-3164 Public Library of Science COI declarations and off-label drug use Conflict-of-interest statements made by physicians and scientists in their medical journal articles after they had been allegedly paid by pharmaceutical manufacturers as part of off-label marketing programs are often inadequate, highlighting the deficiencies in relying on author candidness and the…