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The Prevention Project: Melding Science, Law and Social Engagement to End Chemical-Related Disease

The action-oriented Prevention Project will rid the world of chemical-related diseases. The problem: Toxic chemicals are pervasive—hundreds of chemicals are in our tissues and bodily fluids—and are linked to scores of public health issues, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and obesity. Existing legal and business approaches are doomed to fail because they focus on risk management—keeping exposure down ...more »

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Curing Crashes: A New Medical Approach to Diagnosing and Treating Unsafe Young Drivers

Each year, crashes lead the causes of death to young adults (ages 16-24): 4-fold more deaths than from cancer; 38-fold more than from Flu. Yet, despite strong science on risk factors and prevention interventions, we lack young driver clinical care models. Crash prevention relies largely on “one-size-fits-all” driving laws rather than the IOM-recommended tiered risk approach: match prevention interventions with assessed ...more »

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Leveraging Big Data and Marketing Science to Create Consumer Demand for Preventive Care

Imagine a world where people actively seek out and consume preventive care products and services that will help them stay healthy, avoid or delay the onset of disease, and keep diseases they already have from becoming worse or more debilitating. In this world, avoidable health care service utilization and costs are minimized, and the marginal value of service delivery improves. Our idea is to promote this normative game ...more »

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Adopt a Preventive Care Model for Medicare that Partners with the Private Sector

Forward-thinking companies give employees check ups, provide strategies to stay healthy, then offer discounts on insurance for following the advice. The federal government--the biggest customer--needs this strategy to reduce medical expenditures more than the private sector. But it makes no sense to duplicate what the private sector is already adopting. So Medicare should encourage the private disease prevention ...more »

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Reduce childhood trauma & adult health problems by teaching healthy relationship skills to parents

The ACE study shows that risk factors for many chronic diseases cluster in people who experience maltreatment in childhood often due to family instability. Children raised in fragile families all too frequently experience abuse, violence, and trauma. This new approach of teaching at-risk parents the skills necessary to form and sustain long-term, stable romantic relationships to prevent childhood trauma is a primary ...more »

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Educate. Empower. Employ - It's not about insurance; it's about knowledge

We are answering the wrong question with universal access. Having insurance will not long term create healthier populations but only a way to pay for our poor personal choices and community designs. Instead we need to focus on change at the cultural and community root. Train and pay individuals who are under/unemployed to work with people in the local community designing solutions at the micro level that will have ...more »

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Ideal Exercise Resolves Dilemma Preventing Aging Adults from Getting Exercise

Fact #1: Retiring Baby Boomers will double the ranks of Medicare, bankrupting the US and making medical providers desperate. Fact #2: 93% of Medicare costs derive from diseases with lifestyle factors. Fact #3: The leading lifestyle cause of disease is inactivity (15% of expenditures). Conclusion: Disease prevention must be our national priority, with an emphasis on exercise for Baby Boomers. But, aging joints decrease ...more »

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