A Heart-Healthy Diet May Also Be a Brain-Healthy Diet, OHSU Researcher Says

Dr. Joseph Quinn says his research preventing strokes may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia

Alzheimer's disease ranks among American's most-feared terminal illnesses – and may kill far more people than previously believed, according to research showing Alzheimer's is a factor in deaths such as pneumonia, choking

Playworks Emphasizes Safer, Healthier Schoolyard Play

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In-school coaches, training help reduce the discipline problems associated with recess – which pediatricians say is critical to healthy development, but can also be the crucible of conflicts between kids

April 17, 2013 -- Just a few years ago, Susan McElroy wouldn't schedule anything at Grout Elementary, where she serves as principal, for the period immediately following recess.

One Home Visit at a Time, Public Health Nurses Emphasize Prevention

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Nurse-Family Partnership emphasizes early intervention, long-term results


April 5, 2013 – Once a week for the past two years, Sarah Braxton – a public health nurse employed by Multnomah County's Nurse-Family Partnership – has checked in for an hour long appointment with Jasmine Tavera-Ruelas, a college student and first-time mother living in East Portland.

Advocates Want Legislature to Spend Tobacco Agreement Funds on Prevention

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They’re also enlisting the support of coordinated care organizations to help them sway legislators next year

October 11, 2012 -- Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in Oregon and comes with an expensive bill. The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, signed by Oregon and 45 other states in 1998, was supposed to help the state recover some of the states’ tobacco-related healthcare costs. According to the Oregon Partners for Tobacco Prevention, formerly known as the Tobacco Free Coalition of Oregon, the state has yet to use the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement funds as they were intended, something they hope will change when the legislature convenes next February.

A Reform Wish List

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From the front lines of patient advocacy
February 4, 2010 -- Though the national debate over healthcare reform is far from over, most sympathizers now agree on common objectives, including universal access to quality care at an affordable cost, a focus on prevention, evidence-based medicine, electronic medical records, and a patient-c

Does Prevention Make A Difference?

Experts disagree about whether it saves money or improves healthcare
August 11, 2009 -- Having worked inside healthcare for 30 years -- 20 years at Stanford and 10 years at Palo Alto Medical Foundation -- in positions that allow me to hear the internal dialogue of the provider organizations, I can assure you that any high level administrator or clinician knows that prevention (along with any sound practice of primary care) makes the overall care less expensive and better.

Put Public Health Back on Top

We should work with policy makers and decision leaders to help them recognize that all policy is health policy.

The burden of care that overwhelms our medical system has largely resulted from providing expensive care for those suffering from illnesses that should have been prevented.

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