Today's Health News

CDC: Benzodiazepines Prescribed at 27 Office Visits Per 100 Adults

Overlapping opioid Rx involved in about one-third of visits at which benzodiazepines were prescribed

ACA Tied to Narrowing of Disparities in Access to Care

Nationwide improvements in insurance coverage and access to care seen, even in nonexpansion states

History of Falls Predicts Future Fractures in Postmenopausal Women

Earlier injurious falls predicted future fractures but not major osteoporotic fractures

Ageism Predicts Significantly Worse Health Outcomes

Older persons who are less educated particularly likely to have adverse health effects of ageism

Single-Payer System Would Likely Save Money

Largest savings predicted to come from simplified billing and lower drug costs

Evolution of Approval, Regulation Processes for Drugs Explored

FDA drug review times down from 1983 to 2017, but time from clinical testing to approval did not change

Doctor Replacement Ratios Higher in Largest, Hospital-Owned Practices

More than double the number of physicians entered than exited large group, hospital-owned practices

Most Eligible Knees Not Being Replaced in Timely Manner

Of knees that were potentially appropriate but not replaced, 42.5 percent had severe symptoms

Gout Incidence Down With SGLT2 Inhibitors in Type 2 Diabetes

Gout incidence rate significantly reduced with SGLT2 inhibitor versus GLP-1 receptor agonist

Physicians Spend >16 Minutes Per Encounter on EHR Use

Distribution of time spent by providers using EHRs varies considerably within specialty