Under a Donald Trump presidency, more than 25 million Americans would lose their health insurance, while up to 9.6 million additional people would gain coverage under Hillary Clinton, according to a study. The Trump campaign dismissed the study as "ludicrous" and called it a "distraction from the disaster that is Obamacare."
Falls are now the top cause of injury and mortality among elderly Americans, and Medicare spending on fall-related injuries is estimated to be $31 billion annually, according to a study published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers note that seniors with medical issues, those who take multiple medications and those with vision problems are at higher risk of a fall-related injury.
CDC and FDA researchers found that the rate of teens who never used cigarettes or cigars declined from 26.4% and 21.2% in 2012 to 22.4% and 17.6% in 2014, respectively, while the rate of those who never used and were never curious about cigarettes and cigars increased by 3%, during the same period. The findings in Preventing Chronic Disease, based on 2012 to 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey data involving students from the sixth to 12th grades, also showed that 10.8% were curious about e-cigarettes but never used such products.
Minnesota health officials have opened an expanded poultry testing facility in order to more efficiently and rapidly check samples for avian influenza and other diseases that affect poultry. State veterinarian Beth Thompson said having the lab's faster results on avian influenza will improve disease response times and should enable scientists to more rapidly contain any outbreak.
People whose diet quality decreased by more than 10% over four years were at a 34% increased likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a study in Diabetes Care. The findings, based on the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and the Nurses' Health Study I and II involving 124,607 adults without diabetes, revealed 32% of the new cases of diabetes were attributed to changes in body mass index.
The US ranked 47th in a 50-country comparison of physical fitness levels among children ages 9 to 17, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Data showed that countries with higher income inequality were more likely to have less physically fit youths, with Tanzania, Iceland, Estonia, Norway and Japan having the most fit children and Mexico having the least fit.
Only 10% of young gay and bisexual men use pre-exposure prophylaxis, with black and Latino youths reporting less awareness of PrEP than their white counterparts, according to a study by APLA Health and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program.
The rule of thumb that calls for life insurance to pay seven to 10 times annual income could leave your family underinsured, experts say. "People undervalue themselves all the time," said Thomas O'Connell, president of International Financial Advisory Group.
Average monthly premiums for Medicare Advantage plans next year will be 3.6% lower than 2016 rates, Part D premiums will remain stable, and 67% of enrollees' premiums will not go up, according to the CMS.
A low level of health care literacy among Americans may help explain high health care utilization and costs as well as suboptimal use of preventive care, says Kim Buckey, a vice president at employee engagement and health care compliance firm DirectPath. Buckey notes the importance of ensuring consumers are educated not only about their options when shopping for plans but also about their coverage when they have one to make the best use of health care.
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