1. In the Nation: Most Cigarette Smokers Have No Idea What They are Inhaling A study published last week found that only about a quarter of smokers did any research about what is found in tobacco smoke, which is known to contain chemicals that cause cancer and other ailments. It also found that most smokers were unaware of what cigarette smoke consists of, and about half of respondents said that they would like to see that information displayed on the cigarette pack.
3. In the Region: Hospitals Prepare and Collaborate for the RNC Officials from Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, MetroHealth, and St. Vincent Charity Hospital systems are working together to address any public health issues that will arise from the Republican National Convention. MetroHealth will staff entrances and the First Aid Village, University Hospitals will cover the Global Center for Health Innovation, the Cleveland Clinic will be covering Progressive Field and Quicken Loans area, and St. Vincent Charity will see the bulk of walk-in appointments as the closest ER to Downtown Cleveland. The systems are working with government officials on a wide range of scenarios and have conducted mock events, to be prepared for whatever may occur.
5. This Week's Featured Infographic: Mapping Disparities among Medicare Beneficiaries An interactive mapping tool from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows users to see how their county compares to other counties when it comes to health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries. The tool can also be used to compare different age, races, and ethnicities' health outcomes around the country. Data can be downloaded for more in-depth analysis. To interact with the Mapping Medicare Disparities tool, click here.
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