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

Cancer Survivors Have Substantial Medical Financial Hardship

Financial sacrifices also reported, with hardship and sacrifices more common in survivors aged 18 to 64

2011 to 2017 Saw Increase in Binge Drinks Per Binge Drinker

Largest percentage increases seen for those without high school diploma, household income under $25,000

ACA Tied to Narrowing of Disparities in Access to Care

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

Ageism Predicts Significantly Worse Health Outcomes

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

CDC: Many Americans Are Inactive, With Southerners Faring Worse

Agency releases new estimates of physical inactivity across states and U.S. territories

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

Maternal Distress May Affect Brain Development in Fetuses With CHD

Stress, anxiety, depression more prevalent among women carrying fetuses with congenital heart disease

Risk for Suicide Increased in Children, Teens Who Self-Harm

Suicide rate in United Kingdom among youth who self-harm more than 30-fold higher than expected rate