Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Health News in the Media

A November 24, 2008 Kaiser Family Foundation report ( found that in the 18 month period from January 2007 to June 2008 health news was the 8th biggest subject in national news, comprising 3.6% of all coverage. Crime, natural disasters and foreign affairs all received more coverage than health news. Democratic Congressional leaders plan to work on several bills in early January 2009, including health care related bills addressing SCHIP and embryonic stem cell research (

Thursday, November 6, 2008

November is American Diabetes Month

And World Diabetes Day is November 14. Diabetes affects more than 23 million Americans, and that number is projected to more than double by the year 2050. The Centers for Disease Control has published a number of promotional materials and information on its website regarding diabetes during this American Diabetes Month. Tools may be found at

In conjunction with American Diabetes Month, Prevent Blindness America has declared November as Diabetic Eye Disease Month in an effort to educate the public on how diabetes can affect vision. Nearly half of all diabetics have some form of diabetic retinopathy, and diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age. Patients and healthcare professionals can find more information diabetic eye diseases, risk factors, treatment options and Medicare benefits at