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Multi-State Study On Psychotropic Medication Oversight In Foster Care

The Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) today issued a landmark report from a multi-state study on psychotropic medication oversight in foster care. Led by Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH at Tufts CTSI, Christopher Bellonci, MD at Tufts Medical Center and Justeen Hyde, PhD at Cambridge Health Alliance, the study examined state policies and […]

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Legislation Introduced To Include Psychologists In Medicare Physician Definition

In an exciting development for psychology, I am pleased to report that Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has introduced legislation (HR 6147 to include psychologists in the Medicare “physician” definition. Our lobbying team has been working for several months to identify and recruit a champion on the Hill, and we are pleased that Schakowsky, who has […]

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States That Invest In Tobacco Dependence Treatments Can Realize A Positive Return On Investment

A new study released today by the American Lung Association, and conducted by researchers at Penn State University, finds that helping smokers quit not only saves lives but also offers favorable economic benefits to states. The study, titled Smoking Cessation: the Economic Benefits, provides a nationwide cost-benefit analysis that compares the costs to society of […]

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Legal Analysis Finds That The Health Insurance Mandate Is Constitutional

The most politically charged feature of the health reform law is the mandate that legal residents have health insurance. Within weeks of the law’s passage, twenty states had filed lawsuits charging that the mandate is unconstitutional because it gives the federal government more power than it actually has. The state lawsuits are widely expected to […]

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American Dietetic Association (ADA) Calls For Action To Eliminate Food Insecurity In The United States

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) has published an updated position paper on food insecurity in the United States, calling for funding for food and nutrition assistance programs, increased nutrition education and efforts to promote economic self-sufficiency for all households and individuals. ADA’s position paper was written by registered dietitian David H. Holben, professor of nutrition […]

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Doctors Hard To Find For Patients In Massachusetts’ First For-Profit Health Plan

The first for-profit insurance company approved to offer government-subsidized coverage under Massachusetts’ health reform has dangerously restricted access to primary care, according to data reported in Thursday’s (Aug. 5) New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers say the findings raise troubling concerns about the Obama administration’s new health law, which is modeled after the Massachusetts plan.

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USDA-Backed Study Finds Federal School Lunches Linked To Childhood Obesity

With children going back to school, parents are concerned that their youngsters are staying fit and eating right, especially those who dine in a school cafeteria. New research funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that children who eat school lunches that are part of the federal government’s National School Lunch Program are more […]

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