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Making a Dent in Obesity: Is It Time to Treat Junk Food Like Tobacco?
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
While no easy answers exist on how to tackle the obesity epidemic, the public health community may want to take pages from the playbook on eliminating smoking. Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggests a three-pronged approach used to reduce tobacco use that could be used to rewire the way children—and even adults—approach food. [Read More]
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Sicker Patients Seeking Emergency Care
More patients who sought medical care at the declining number of California emergency rooms are a lot sicker, and slightly more of them required admission in 2007 than they did five years earlier, according to an analysis of facility discharge data from 10 of the state's largest counties. [Read More]

Obesity Costs U.S. $147 Billion Annually
The United States is spending as much as $147 billion each year for obesity-related healthcare, representing nearly 10% of all annual medical costs. In addition, the figure is expanding—along with the nation's waistline, according to a joint study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Research Triangle Institute. [Read More]

Feds Find Many Docs Are Using Ultrasounds Too Often, Possibly Fraudulently
More evidence that doctors in certain geographic areas order a lot more unnecessary tests comes from a new federal report suggesting questionable ultrasound scans for Medicare patients in 20 counties where they are performed more often per beneficiary. The recent U.S. Office of Inspector General report, which looked at 2007 numbers, could mean another specialty field may be targeted for more scrutiny and spending cuts. [Read More]

Life Safety Deficiencies Top Joint Commission's Citation List
In a culmination of efforts to better review fire protection features in acute care facilities, Life Safety Code violations became the top cited standard in all surveyed hospitals in 2008, reports The Joint Commission. [Read More]
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