obesity

Healthcare Providers Confront Nation’s Obesity Epidemic

March 18, 2013

When looking at the state of healthcare in this country, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve arrived at the point where describing obesity as an epidemic is no longer a gross exaggeration. According to the CDC, obesity rates are at all-time highs in the United States, with 36 percent of adults being obese. […]

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Hospitals Upgrade Equipment to Better Treat Obese Patients

January 21, 2013

We often discuss the impact that high-obesity rates are having on hospitals and their budgets and quality scores. However, an article by Shari Rudavsky in The Indianapolis Star focuses on another area in which these rates are affecting hospitals—equipment. “Hospitals are getting super-sized,” Rudavsky reports. Everything from waiting-room chairs to wheelchairs, beds, doorways, and toilets […]

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Three Rural Healthcare Challenges in 2013

January 14, 2013

John Commins at HealthLeaders Media delineates three areas in which rural healthcare will be challenged in 2013 and beyond. These areas reflect concerns that rural healthcare executives often express in HCE’s conversations with them. Commins believes the first challenge will be with “rural patient migration.” One study found that Tennessee patients tend to seek out […]

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Obesity Continues to Cost Hospitals Big Bucks

December 6, 2012

Those of us who pay attention to healthcare news on a daily basis are well aware of the obesity epidemic in the United States. We are also aware of the costs that obesity is foisting upon hospitals as they struggle to provide adequate care to morbidly obese patients. According to a Dec. 3 article in […]

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FDA rejects another obesity drug, raising questions about market niche

October 28, 2010

In theory, pharmaceutical companies have billions of reasons to develop and market an obesity drug, given the epidemic weight problem in the U.S. The reality, however, is that sales of existing drugs have been modest, in part because the drugs don’t produce dramatic results on their own.  Weight losses of 1 percent to 3 percent of body weight over […]

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