Newest Cost-Effective Health Insurance Plans Provide Zero Positive Impact

Newest health insurance plans may involve low deductibles and co-pay, yet do not provide a great value overall. The lower prices exchange for higher annual premiums which seems beneficial for all parties. However, this approach is leading patients with chronic conditions to choose unnecessary expensive treatments that are not helping them. Since they are not … More Newest Cost-Effective Health Insurance Plans Provide Zero Positive Impact

Substance Abuse Decline Post-Prevention Program

Researchers at Pennsylvania State and Iowa State Universities found that children who were participants in a resilience program in middle school were less likely to abuse substances after high school graduation. The program was known as PROSPER: PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience. PROSPER is offered in middle school because this is when adolescents are … More Substance Abuse Decline Post-Prevention Program

Bicycle Accidents Leading to Substantial Medical Costs

The use of bicycles has become extremely common, especially in a city like San Francisco. However, the popularity leads to more accidents. A study by the University of California-San Francisco found that the costs from nonfatal bicycle accidents has risen to $789 million per year. From 1997 to 2013, the amount of medical costs from … More Bicycle Accidents Leading to Substantial Medical Costs

Traffic Pollution Connected to DNA Damage

A new study proves that children and teenagers who are exposed to a significant amount of traffic-related air pollution are likely to experience telomere shortening, a type of DNA damage. This study was reported in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Telomere shortening is often times found in children or teens with asthma, and … More Traffic Pollution Connected to DNA Damage

The Most Overlooked Health Crisis: Doctor Burnout

Upon hearing of a “nationwide epidemic,” an individual would likely think of a disease, drug, or virus. However, the newest crisis in the health field is physician burnout. Several major medical centers in the United States as well as the American Medical Association all agreed that if the population demands high quality doctors and affordable … More The Most Overlooked Health Crisis: Doctor Burnout

Children’s Health at Risk Due to Racism Exposure

The effects of racism on children’s health were elucidated at the Pediatric Academic Societies 2017 meeting. Researchers illustrated the link between racism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, depression, anxiety, and general health. This study involved looking at data from 95,677 participants in the National Survey on Children’s Health for 2011-2012. This survey asked children if … More Children’s Health at Risk Due to Racism Exposure

Built Environment: Designers Developing Healthy Communities

As National Public Health Week came around, community designers felt more inspired than ever. Built environment has now become a staple health determinant. The “Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities” provides information on why designed communities that allow for travel within public spaces are extremely important in our world today. With a better-designed … More Built Environment: Designers Developing Healthy Communities

Using Behavior-Specific Groups for Public Health Initiatives

Rather than the typical campaigns, researchers at the University of Kansas focused on developing cluster groups of specific health-related behaviors. The idea behind these groups is to provide broad interventions that can help groups rather than one on one treatments. If people who are all suffering from the same behaviors get together, they are able … More Using Behavior-Specific Groups for Public Health Initiatives