NCHR, NWHN, and OBOS Comments to USPSTF on Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions

March 19, 2018. We support the USPSTF draft recommendation for behavior-based interventions for weight loss to prevent obesity-related health problems and death. We further support USPSTF’s efforts to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services. As more information becomes available, we encourage the re-evaluation and potential development of additional recommendation to improve the health of individuals with weight-related health concerns.

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NCHR Testimony at the FDA on an Oral Drug for Ulcerative Colitis

March 8, 2018. We are concerned that the clinical trial data do not adequately represent the real-world population of patients who will be likely to consider this drug. We strongly recommend more persuasive data including a more diverse group of patients before making a decision about supplemental approval of the two proposed dosing regimens for induction non-responders and those with prior TNF blocker failure.

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NCHR Letter to Maryland on State Funding for Artificial Turf and Playgrounds

March 5, 2018. The State of Maryland has many spending priorities and should not be spending millions of dollars for artificial turf fields and playgrounds that can exacerbate our children’s health problems now, and potentially cause them to develop cancer in the years to come. Let’s instead invest in safe, natural playing fields, unless any synthetic alternatives are proven in unbiased research to be as safe and as cost-effective as grass for fields and engineered wood fiber for playgrounds.

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NCHR Comments to USPSTF on Syphilis Screening During Pregnancy

March 5, 2018. The prevention of congenital syphilis and other negative fetal outcomes outweighs the risks of false results or unnecessary treatment with penicillin, especially when screening occurs early in the pregnancy. Overall, we agree with the USPSTF draft recommendation for syphilis screening in pregnant women.

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