Increase in Generic Prescription Drug Prices due to Current Market

According to the Annals of Internal Medicine, individuals who rely on the typically low prices of generic drugs may be in trouble. A common heart medication, digoxin, increased in price by almost three thousand percent in only one year. Some of the factors that influence this change are manufacturing shortages, as well as manufacturer decreases. … More Increase in Generic Prescription Drug Prices due to Current Market

Opioid Addiction: National Public Health Main Focus

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have created a report providing data on the harmful effects of opioid use. The main goal of this report is to gain knowledge on the societal harms and to avoid opioid misuse, while not taking away from those patients who actually need the drugs and have been … More Opioid Addiction: National Public Health Main Focus

Racial Disparities Within Hospital Settings

Health Affairs journal showcases a new study proving that racial disparities still exist within hospital and health care settings. It was found that black Medicare patients have a much higher chance for readmission after surgery compared to white Medicare patients. The University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Public Health Sciences has one question: how … More Racial Disparities Within Hospital Settings

How Transportation Noise Affects Your Health

The effects of transportation noise in Switzerland has been studied since 2014 by the Swiss National Science Foundation. They have been researching both the short- and long-term effects of the noise, and found that it increases risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. The means of transportation include aircraft, rail, and road traffic noise so far. When … More How Transportation Noise Affects Your Health

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