TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 — In a finding that suggests that not all weapons are being deployed in the opioid war, new research shows that nurse practitioners often face tough restrictions for prescribing a medication that treats opioid addiction. At least six states with high opioid addiction rates have rules that restrict nurse practitioners (NPs) […]Continue Reading ...
There has been a Salmonella outbreak across states in the United States and federal health officials have found that pet hedgehogs could be linked to some of these cases. According to the officials, six new cases from three states including Virginia, over the last couple of months have been associated with these pet animals. Across […]Continue Reading ...
Gloria Brown didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Her husband, Arthur Brown, 79, has Alzheimer’s disease and had spent most of the night pacing their bedroom, opening and closing drawers, and putting on and taking off his jacket. So Gloria, 73, asked a friend to take Arthur out for a few hours one recent afternoon […]Continue Reading ...
In a growing number of states, patients who get opioids for serious pain may leave their doctors’ offices with a second prescription — for naloxone, a drug that can save their lives if they overdose on the powerful painkillers. New state laws and regulations in California, Virginia, Arizona, Ohio, Washington, Vermont and Rhode Island require […]Continue Reading ...
FRIDAY, Jan. 18, 2019 — U.S. states with more physicians and a larger percentage of non-Hispanic whites have worse melanoma survival, according to a study published online Jan. 16 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Zachary H. Hopkins, M.D., from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and colleagues examined possible […]Continue Reading ...
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. While the number of cases diagnosed is on the rise, the overall survival rate has improved, but survival is uneven across the country. Researchers at University of Utah Health conducted a state-by-state analysis to understand the geographic disparities for patients diagnosed with melanoma. The […]Continue Reading ...
A new study looking at the share of cancers related to obesity finds an at least 1.5-fold difference between states with the highest and lowest proportions. The proportion of cancer cases that could be attributable to excess body weight ranged from a high of 8.3% in the District of Columbia to a low of 5.9% […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 — People in cars aren’t the only ones who benefit from distracted driving laws: Research shows drops in motorcyclist deaths after such legislation is passed. In the new study, researchers analyzed 2005-2015 data from across the United States and found that motorcyclist death rates in states with moderate to strong bans […]Continue Reading ...
TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 — When a state bans texting while driving, will the number of car crash victims showing up in its emergency rooms drop? New research suggests the answer is yes. In the study, states that have full bans in place had an average of 8 percent fewer car crash victims seen in […]Continue Reading ...
Opioid-related deaths nationwide jumped fourfold in the last two decades, and the epidemic has made major inroads in the Eastern states, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Harvard University and the University of Toronto. “Although opioid-related mortality has been stereotyped as a rural, low-income phenomenon concentrated among […]Continue Reading ...
Adolescents and young adults living in states with more liberal policies reported higher average rates of past-year cannabis use than those in states with more conservative policies, according to a new study conducted at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. However, the rates of cannabis use disorder–abuse or dependence on the drug–were significantly lower […]Continue Reading ...
THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 — Medicaid expansion was associated with a reduced risk for uninsurance among acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients, according to a study published online Jan. 16 in JAMA Cardiology. Rishi K. Wadhera, M.D., from Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study to examine whether rates of uninsurance, […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 — States in the West and in Appalachia have a higher prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection than other states, according to a study published online Dec. 21 in JAMA Network Open. Eli S. Rosenberg, Ph.D., from the State University of New York in Rensselaer, and colleagues estimated the prevalence […]Continue Reading ...
Bottom Line: Hepatitis C virus infection is a major cause of illness and death in the United States and injection drug use is likely fueling many new cases. This study, which used survey and vital statistics data, suggests about 1 percent of adults (0.93 percent) were living with hepatitis C from 2013 to 2016, and […]Continue Reading ...
FRIDAY, Nov. 30, 2018 — There’s a good chance that some cases of the mysterious polio-like illness seen recently in U.S. children may have been misdiagnosed, a new study reports. Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which causes potentially life-threatening paralysis and primarily strikes children, has been recurring in the United States in every-other-year waves since 2014. […]Continue Reading ...
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