October 26, 2012 - Tobacco researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital say many smokers have failed to quit because they, and their doctors have not used existing treatments in the most effective way. A new study says only one third of smokers who try to quit use behavioral support or medication, both of which have been proven to be effective. The study also says that combining two nicotine replacement products such as patches, gums, and lozenges is safe, and more effective than trying just one.
Also, a local clinic has changed its name to reflect its expanded services to the under insured and uninsured. The neighborhood health services at the Lincoln neighborhood center in Tallahassee is now the neighborhood medical center. New patient services include chronic disease management, women's care pediatrics, radiological services and educational programs. Administrators say it comes at a time when Tallahassee shows rising chronic disease fatality numbers for HIV-AIDS patients and continues to battle high infant mortality. The center serves Tallahassee and surrounding counties and doctors recently performed their first mammogram in the center's new mobile unit.