How Policy Gaps Fail People Who Inject Drugs and Contract Endocarditis

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Recent media reports suggest that healthcare providers around the country are grappling with how to respond to rising rates of endocarditis, a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart, linked to people who inject drugs. Reports in the New York Times and NPR describe the dilemma faced by physicians called on to perform repeat costly heart surgeries on patients who were re-infected with endocarditis as a result of ongoing illicit drug use.

Older Adult Falls Are Costly But Not Inevitable, According to a Health Affairs Blog by GW Researchers

Each year, an estimated 29 million adults aged 65 and older fall, and a recent study by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in 2015 alone older adults’ falls cost $50 billion.  In a recent blog in Health Affairs, GW researchers offer policy and practice recommendations for scaling up utilization of falls prevention interventions and risk assessments.

Katie Horton and Naomi Seiler Present at National League of Cities’ Annual Conference

Research Professor Katie Horton and Associate Research Professor Naomi Seiler presented at the National League of Cities’ annual conference in Washington, DC. Horton participated in a panel on “Public Health Partnerships” on March 11 and Seiler presented on “The Affordable Care Act: Preparing for Change” on March 14.

Janet Phoenix Presents at National League of Cities Conference

Assistant Research Professor Janet A. Phoenix gave a presentation on “Health and Housing” as part of a panel moderated by Research Professor Katherine Horton at the National League of Cities conference held in Washington, DC, on March 11.