Noteworthy News of the Week

Posted on March 4, 2011

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House Votes to Repeal 1099 Provision
Mar 3 2011 By Emily P. MedPage Today
In a bipartisan vote of 314-112, the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon passed a bill that would eliminate a provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires all businesses and property owners to fill out a tax form known as a “1099” each time they spend $600 or more.

So tired. More than a third of adults don’t sleep 7 hours
Mar 3 2011 MyHealthDailyNewsStaff  MSNBC
Two reports released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday reveal the sleep habits of adults in the United States, including their increasing tendency to get fewer than seven hours a night, hurting their ability to concentrate and raising the risk of driving.

US teens, young adults ‘doing it’ less, study says
Mar 3 2011 Mike Stobbe and Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writers
ATLANTA – Fewer teens and young adults are having sex, a government survey shows, and theories abound for why they’re doing it less. Experts say this generation may be more cautious than their predecessors, more aware of sexually spread diseases. Or perhaps emphasis on abstinence in the past decade has had some influence.

Many Americans have poor health literacy
Feb 28 2011 By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News
A 2006 study by the U.S. Department of Education found that 36 percent of adults have only basic or below-basic skills for dealing with health material. This means that 90 million Americans can understand discharge instructions written only at a fifth-grade level or lower

In better health: Doctor-patient relationships improving
Feb 27 2011 Iris Tse MSNBC
“What we noticed in the last 10 or 15 years, is the patients are now better at advocating for themselves. They are more critical of their options. They have the resources to make better-educated choices and, in turn, they know to make their preferences known when they seek medical help,” said Dr. Alan Christensen of the University of Iowa, who studies patient-provider interactions and health services.

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