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The Missed 3 Million: Reducing the Threat of Tuberculosis Worldwide | Huffington Post

  • By
  • Susan Blumenthal,
  • New America Foundation
August 1, 2014 |
Next week, over 40 African heads of state will convene in Washington, D.C. for the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. One important issue that requires attention at the meeting is strengthening the response to infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, malaria, Ebola and tuberculosis (TB) that threaten lives, economies and national security.

Tipping the Scales on Obesity: How to Sell Health | Huffington Post

  • By
  • Susan Blumenthal,
  • New America Foundation
July 17, 2014 |
Obesity is among the most pressing public health concerns today -- and the situation has just taken a turn for the worse. The Lancet recently published an alarming new report that charts the skyrocketing obesity rates across the globe. Over 2 billion people, or almost 30 percent of the world's population, are overweight or obese. The U.S. has the greatest number of people with this condition worldwide, accounting for 13 percent of the obese population globally. An estimated 68 percent of Americans are overweight or obese.

The Power of Prevention | Huffington Post

  • By
  • Susan Blumenthal,
  • New America Foundation
June 12, 2014 |
Benjamin Franklin once said that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," yet 279 years later his words still have not been successfully put into medical practice. It is estimated that 70 percent of deaths in America are linked to preventable conditions, including heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Yet the U.S spends 75 percent of its $2.8 trillion annual health care budget on treating disease but only 3-5 percent on prevention.

A Mission to the Mind | Huffington Post

  • By
  • Susan Blumenthal,
  • New America Foundation
June 5, 2014 |
Abraham Lincoln, Isaac Newton, Michelangelo, Winston Churchill, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jane Pauley, Michael Phelps, J.K. Rowling, Elton John. These are not only the names of fame and fortune, but also struggle. Each of these people has suffered from mental illness, and they are joined by one in four Americans who experience these disorders every year. [1] Of these 61.5 million people, one in seventeen (13.6 million) have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.

Increasing Competition and Choice

  • By
  • David Balto,
  • New America Foundation
  • and James Kovacs
March 6, 2014
For much of the past decade, Congress, regulators, and industry lobbyists have played a game of cat and mouse when it comes to how the Medicare prescription drug program (“Part D”) is administered. With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) once again considering new rules around Medicare prescription drug coverage plans; a new white paper from New America addresses the following:
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