Blum says to keep focus on dangers of tobacco when discussing e-cigarettes

As several U.S. senators propose a bill banning marketing electronic cigarettes to children based on standards set by the Federal Trade Commission, Alan Blum, MD, professor of Family Medicine and the Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair for the College of Community Health Sciences, says the focus of these efforts should be kept on the dangers of tobacco, according to a recent WVUA report.

Yerby discusses options as healthcare deadline passes, WVUA reports

The Affordable Care Act deadline for open enrollment has passed, but those who did not signed up may still have some options, says Lea Yerby, PhD, assistant professor for the College of Community Health Sciences’s Department of Community and Rural Medicine, in a recent WVUA report

“You could be on your own private plan through a private insurance company,” Yerby said in the report.  “Also you would still be eligible if you had a major life change.”

Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program is open all year, Yerby says.

Yerby added that late fees may apply, but there are some exceptions.

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College Students Take On Challenge of Health Insurance Sign-Up

Students at the University of Alabama Honors College here are encouraged to do volunteer work in the community and on campus.

UA Matters: Having a Healthy Spring Break

It’s almost that time of year – spring break. While it’s definitely an occasion to let loose and have some fun, anyone planning on enjoying the much-awaited break should also use some caution.

The University of Alabama’s Dr. Jennifer Clem offers several tips on how to have a healthy and safe spring break.

Some local doctors embrace concierge care model

An estimated 5,500 doctors in the United States are concierge doctors — physicians who charge patients an annual fee, usually ranging from $600 to $1,800 a year or more, in exchange for shorter wait times and more access for care.

Why CVS kicked the cigarette habit

There are more than 56,000 pharmacies in the United States, two-thirds of which are now owned by discount stores like Walmart, supermarkets like Publix, and drugstore chains such as Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid. In stark contrast to locally owned, independent community pharmacies which stopped selling cigarettes decades ago (or never sold them in the first place), virtually all of the chain drugstores still display cigarettes at the check-out counter.

H1N1 flu strain affecting younger, healthier age groups this year

This year, a familiar virus has shown up in the labs of the Alabama Department of Public Health. Elizabeth Cockrum, a UA professor of pediatrics, said while college students are generally a healthy population, less than desirable immunization rates allow college campuses to become hotbeds for the H1N1 flu virus.

Blum: We haven’t done enough to curb smoking

Alan Blum, professor and anti-smoking activist, is marking the 50th anniversary of a 1964 Surgeon General’s report on the hazards of smoking with a new documentary meant to celebrate the landmark report but also to serve as a sobering reminder of the country’s inability to overcome its greatest preventable public health challenge.