How to Improve Cancer Screening Among Young Adults
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
This year in the United States, an estimated 2 million people will receive a new cancer diagnosis, and a growing proportion will be younger adults and people of color. Many of these cases could be prevented — nearly 60 percent of colorectal cancers, for example, could be avoided with early detection. Physician and UCLA researcher Dr. Folasade May is trying to understand why cancer screening rates are lagging, and what we can do to get people these potentially lifesaving tests.  In the newest episode of The Dose podcast, host Joel Bervell talks to Dr. May about what might be behind the ris ..read more
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How Medical Debt Makes People Sicker — and What We Can Do About It
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
Nearly one in five Americans has medical debt. Black households are disproportionately affected, carrying higher amounts of debt at higher rates. Berneta Haynes, senior attorney with the National Consumer Law Center, describes Black Americans’ medical debt burden as a continual cycle fed by higher rates of chronic illness and lower rates of wealth. As a result, many are left without savings or family resources to tap into when faced with an unexpected medical bill.  Join host Joel Bervell on the newest episode of The Dose podcast, where he talks to Haynes about the history of me ..read more
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A Strong Public Health System Depends on Making the Invisible Visible
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
A well-functioning public health system is vital to keeping individuals, and the population at large, safe and healthy. Except that success is often invisible when it comes to public health—we don’t notice it until the system breaks down. The U.S. public health system has taken a drubbing from COVID-19. But the pandemic has also driven home just how critical it is to invest in this key component of national infrastructure. On the latest episode of The Dose, Dr. Dave Chokshi, who led New York's pandemic response as the city's health commissioner, talks about how we can apply the lessons of the ..read more
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Why Aren't More Kids Getting COVID Vaccines?
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
A year after adults in the U.S. began getting vaccinated against COVID-19, children ages 5 and up are now eligible for the shot. So far, uptake has been slow – in part because of parents’ concerns over vaccine safety. On the latest episode of The Dose, pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics board member Michelle Fiscus, M.D., and the Commonwealth Fund’s Rachel Nuzum shed light on challenges and opportunities in raising child vaccination rates. One downstream concern is a growing trend of resistance to other childhood vaccines. As Dr. Fiscus says, if “vaccine hesitancy continues to bui ..read more
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Want People to Take the COVID-19 Vaccine? Confront Racism in Health Care
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
Even as the Delta variant rages through the U.S., many Americans have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The reasons are complex, but for Black and Latinx communities, a long history of poor access to health care has been a tall barrier. On the first episode of our brand-new season of The Dose podcast, host Shanoor Seervai talks to Rhea Boyd, M.D., a pediatrician and public health advocate, about what it takes to dismantle the historic racism that has long prevented people of color from getting the health care they need. Black and Latinx health care professionals like Dr. Boyd are answering ques ..read more
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The Dose: New Season Alert!
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
The Dose is the Commonwealth Fund’s podcast that asks, What can the U.S. do differently when it comes to health care? Join host Shanoor Seervai every other Friday for conversations with leading and emerging experts. This season we’re focusing on new ideas that could strengthen and improve health care for everyone. Get the Dose in your inbox: https://thedose.show/signup Music by Blue Dot Sessions.  ..read more
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What Will the Biden Administration Do for Women’s Health?
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
The Biden-Harris administration has taken several measures in its first three months to strengthen the nation’s social safety net. Many of these policies will have an outsized impact on women — particularly women of color, who often struggle to access health care and now are bearing the brunt of the COVID-induced economic crisis. From mandating paid sick leave and shoring up childcare to addressing the maternal health crisis, the new administration clearly recognizes the ways health and economic security are intertwined and how this impacts women. On the latest episode of The Dose, Debra Ness ..read more
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For Asian Americans, a Dual Pandemic of COVID-19 and Racism
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
Hate crimes against Asians in the United States more than doubled from 2019 to 2020. Last month, in one of the most conspicuous acts of violence against Asians in recent history, six Asian American women were shot dead in Georgia. Racism against people of Asian descent is not a new problem, but it has been exacerbated of late by politicians using racist rhetoric to describe the coronavirus. Asians in America are now facing a dual pandemic: a heightened fear of racist abuse, from verbal slurs to physical assault, on top of all the anxiety of living through COVID-19. In this episode, Vivian Shaw ..read more
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The U.S. Is Missing Key Opportunities to End the COVID-19 Pandemic
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States appears to have learned few lessons from its disastrous early response.   Hasty lockdowns and bungled reopenings have now given way to a sluggish and uncoordinated vaccine rollout. This month, the daily death toll crossed 4,000, and hospitals in many parts of the country are overflowing with sick patients.   How are we going to get out of this mess?   On the latest episode of The Dose, Ashish Jha, M.D., dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, explains how vaccine distribution could be sped up and carried out ..read more
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Tackling Overtreatment and Overspending in U.S. Health Care
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by The Commonwealth Fund
2M ago
Overtreatment is a big problem in American health care. The proliferation of unnecessary medical tests and procedures not only harms patients but costs the United States billions of dollars every year. Between 2019 and 2021, Medicare spent as much as $2.4 billion on unnecessary coronary stents alone. At some hospitals, it’s estimated that more than half of all stents are unwarranted. For this week’s episode of The Dose podcast — the latest in our series on the affordability of health care — host Joel Bervell talks to Vikas Saini, M.D., a cardiologist and the executive director of the Lown ..read more
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