Category Archives: Health and Medical

Life Expectancy Is Up, and Health Inequality Is Down

We have heard a great deal about increases in mortality among white, non-Hispanic, middle-aged Americans (especially women), but to state the case is also to note that this is one group among many. In an excellent new paper, Currie and Schwandt discuss the good news — overall life expectancy is up, and health inequality is down, in some cases dramatically. Here, for […]

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How to Boost Drug Company Profits without Hurting Poor Americans

Drug companies, like all for-profit companies, are all about profits. Their basic job is to take investors’ money and use it to get more money. Unfortunately, one major source of those bucks is Washington, DC — and government money always comes with strings attached. Companies that rely on government have two goals: maximize the cash flowing in and minimize the […]

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Obamacare To Unveil “Price Shock” One Week Before The Elections

The writing was on the wall long before the largest US insurer, UnitedHealth, decided to pull the plug on Obamacare in mid April.  Then, just a week later, Aetna’s CEO said Thursday that his company expects to break even, but legislative fixes are needed to make the marketplace sustainable. “I think a lot of insurance carriers expected red ink, but […]

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UnitedHealthcare Is the Canary in the Obamacare Coal Mine

With Congress limiting the bailouts of insurance companies for two years in a row, business is not looking good for the industry that lobbied for Obamacare. The latest casualty is UnitedHealthcare, which announced that it is withdrawing from most of its 34 Obamacare exchanges next year. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Why Obamacare Is Failing at “Universal Coverage”

The ACA has stimulated dramatic changes to America’s individual health-insurance market. It has placed more restrictions on insurance pricing (i.e., charging individuals different premiums depending on their health and age), and it has mandated benefit increases for insurance plans. Such changes have caused premiums on the ACA exchanges to soar by 49 percent, on average; younger, healthier adults have seen […]

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Top 5 Health Risks At Nail Salons

Imagine you’re unwinding from the day in your nail salon’s massage chair getting a pedicure. You’re in relaxation mode with your back being rubbed and feet being pampered, then–ouch! The nail technician accidentally nicked the skin near your toenail. The pain is only temporary, so you continue sticking your feet in and out of the water as directed and don’t […]

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You Asked: Is It OK to ‘Tough Out’ A Yeast Infection?

Itching, burning, redness—a yeast infection can be a total pain. While they aren’t life-threatening, yeast infections are irritating—both physically and mentally. So, when undesirable symptoms appear ‘down there,’ should you consult your physician or self diagnose and treat with over-the-counter (OTC) medications? Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

As the Zika virus captures headlines, with its possible link to birth defects, the World Health Organization declaring it a global health emergency and the first cases reported in the United States (all traced back to overseas travel), it’s an opportune time to review the facts associated with this disease. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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Don’t Believe These Three Supplement Myths

If you could live a longer, healthier life by taking a small pill each day, you’d do it wouldn’t you? You’d be crazy not to! With this fact in mind, the incredible growth of dietary supplements makes sense. It’s estimated one out of every three Americans currently takes some sort of nutritional supplement each day. According to government statistics, more […]

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1 In 3 Americans Slash Staples Spending To ‘Afford’ Obamacare

Health insurers are in panic mode as the Obama administration, ever eager maximize coverage optics for Obamacare, has, as The NY Times reports, allowed large numbers of people to sign up for insurance after the deadlines in the last two years, destabilizing insurance markets and driving up premiums. Share This ArticleFacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinemail

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How Government Regulations Made Healthcare So Expensive

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” declared philosopher George Santayana.  The U.S. “health care cost crisis” didn’t start until 1965.  The government increased demand with the passage of Medicare and Medicaid while restricting the supply of doctors and hospitals.  Health care prices responded at twice the rate of inflation (Figure 1).  Now, the U.S. is […]

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