Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Roundup

Here is a listing of articles of interest published within the last 7-10 days:

1. Why Americans aren't living longer,, January 27, 2011
Brief Intro:"A new report from the National Research Council finds that Americans fall short on life expectancy compared with other high-income countries because of two vices – smoking and obesity."

2. CDC: Almost 26 million Americans have diabetes,, January 26, 2011
Brief Intro:"Almost 26 million Americans older than age 20 have diabetes and more than a quarter or 7 million do not know they have the disease, according to estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday."

3. Financial rewards for a doctor's care,, January 26, 2011
Brief Intro:"In their efforts to improve the quality of medical care, policy makers here and abroad have focused on ways of providing financial incentives to doctors that reward them when they provide better care.

But a new study published in Tuesday’s BMJ, the online version of the old British Medical Journal, casts serious doubt on whether pay-for-performance programs are an effective way of improving the quality of care."

1. Pennsylvania school experiments with 'segregation',, January 27, 2011
Brief Intro:"A Pennsylvania high school says some students are separated by race, gender and language for a few minutes each day in an effort to boost academic scores, raising controversy over the historically contentious issue of segregation in schools."

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