A Call for Social Determinants
Healthcare / Medicare / Politics

A Call for Social Determinants

It is common knowledge that the United States spends substantially more money on health care than other developed nations, yet it is by no means the healthiest country. Health care accounts for one-sixth of United States’ gross domestic product (GDP), but morbidity continues to rise. Two out of three American adults are obese, one-third of American adults have high blood pressure, and diabetes prevalence is … Continue reading

Price Transparency: An Exacerbation or Solution to the Mounting Cost of Health Care?
Healthcare / Politics

Price Transparency: An Exacerbation or Solution to the Mounting Cost of Health Care?

On Wednesday, June 27, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing to discuss the rising cost of health care in the U.S. Several panelists mentioned increasing price transparency as a potential solution to the growing issue. The disclosure of health care prices is by no means a new … Continue reading

Extending the Age of Antibiotics
Healthcare

Extending the Age of Antibiotics

In May 2015, it was discovered that a patient in the U.S. had contracted a strain of bacteria that was resistant to the strongest of antibiotics, a characteristic known as antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This condition can result in previously harmless and treatable infections becoming deadly “superbugs.” Reactions to this announcement ranged from paranoid to nonchalant, … Continue reading

ACA Made Easy: Individual Shared Responsibility
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Social Insurance Programs

ACA Made Easy: Individual Shared Responsibility

Since the Individual Mandate statute of the Affordable Care Act was enacted in January 2014, every American is accountable for an Individual Shared Responsibility* payment every year. Meaning, if you do not have health insurance, you will face penalties. While you may not see an actual summons, or pay a fine, the federal government enforces … Continue reading

Meat Industry Challenged by New DGAC Report
Environmental Regulation / Healthcare / Politics

Meat Industry Challenged by New DGAC Report

Do you love coffee but also love red meat and dessert? If so, there’s good news and bad news. On Thursday, February 19, the Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a lengthy 571-page report of suggestions to the Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report explained … Continue reading

Curbing Student Alcoholism with Stress Management Promotion Programs
Healthcare / Politics

Curbing Student Alcoholism with Stress Management Promotion Programs

The unfortunate truth is that all generations of Americans are experiencing high rates of stress and often feel they should be doing more to manage it. However, research shows we have made progress in increasing healthier stress management behaviors. Over the last five years, stress management behaviors like eating food and drinking alcohol have decreased … Continue reading

Delayed Aging: A New Concept for Living a Longer, Healthier Life
Affordable Care Act / Aging / Healthcare / Medicare / Social Security

Delayed Aging: A New Concept for Living a Longer, Healthier Life

Slowing the biological aging process (senescence) is now a realistic goal. According to a new research study published in Health Affairs, the elimination of diseases such as cancer and heart disease would have less effect on longevity and quality of life than delaying aging itself.  Although most medical research remains focused on combating individual diseases, … Continue reading