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

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

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