American Heart Association

Fifteen health organizations file in Philadelphia’s sugary drink tax

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Fifteen health organizations filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in hopes that the beverage industry’s appeal of a sugar tax will fall flat.

Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-an-ounce tax on sweetened drinks survived a major challenge in December from the beverage industry, after a city judge dismissed the group’s lawsuit. […]

Research funding gap widens at AHA

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dwindling scientific research funding from the federal government means more researchers are requesting money from the American Heart Association, which often has to turn away good research projects.

The research funding budget for the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s largest underwriter of biomedical research, doubled […]

March 30th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Research funding gap widens at AHA

Appeals courts split on Affordable Care Act tax subsidies

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 36 states are not eligible for tax subsidies. A separate court upheld the system a few hours later, setting up a potential Supreme Court showdown.

After the rulings, the White House said that […]

July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Appeals courts split on Affordable Care Act tax subsidies

Reporting program certification to award incentives for healthcare improvements

The Guidelines Advantage, a healthcare improvement reporting program, was awarded a certification that allows doctors to use it to report quality information to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The program, a collaboration of the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association, was certified on Friday […]

May 30th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Reporting program certification to award incentives for healthcare improvements

Looking back 50 years to the surgeon general report lambasting tobacco

Five decades ago Dudley Hafner’s boss handed him a copy of the surgeon general’s report, “Smoking and Health.”

It was thick as a bible. And such serious business, Hafner said, that it had been under armed security until its release the week before.

To study the report without interruptions, Hafner and […]

April 15th, 2014|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Looking back 50 years to the surgeon general report lambasting tobacco

CVS Caremark phasing out tobacco sales

Pharmacy and retailer CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will phase out tobacco sales over the next year, saying that profits from the sales are not worth the larger cost in public health.

CVS said in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the company is increasingly developing programs to improve the […]

As diabetes reaches epidemic proportions, heart disease risks also increase

Diabetes is sometimes called America’s “silent killer” because millions are not aware they have it and the signs may not even be noticeable. But, if you’re at risk for diabetes, you may also be at risk for heart disease — the leading cause of death in America.

Diabetes shares many […]

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AHA joins others urging federal tobacco oversight

The American Heart Association is among 16 leading national health organizations who have signed a joint letter to President Obama asking for faster adoption of new tobacco regulations that would give the Food and Drug Administration more control of currently unregulated items such as e-cigarettes.

In the letter dated Thursday, the health […]