International patients seeking medical expertise and treatment in the United States is a growing part of the U.S. healthcare landscape.Read More
Heart conditions are some of the most common conditions that people suffer from in the United States. From heart disease to high blood pressure to strokes to heart attacks, millions of people suffer from these conditions every day.Read More
With a name like a Bond villain's and no known prevention nor treatment, it's no wonder the Zika virus has caught the attention of the tabloid press. But what is it really, and are we at risk?Read More
According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, 40 million Americans suffer from bad breath, or halitosis. Bad breath can get in the way of your social life, make you self-conscious and embarrassed, and even be a sign of an underlying health issue. Bad breath has been linked to the following health problems:Read More
In the last ten years, marijuana use among American adults has doubled. According to surveys, it has risen to almost 10 percent, or more than 22 million mostly recreational users. Researchers say this trend reflects increasingly tolerant views about the drug. Other studies have shown more adults think marijuana should be legalized. There are now four states which permit recreational use of marijuana: Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.
The study was from a comparison of health surveys from 2001-02 and 2012-13 sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The study involved almost 80,000 adults 18 and older who were interviewed about various health-related behaviors. The results showed that almost one in three people who were reportedly using marijuana showed signs of marijuana dependence or abuse. This is a slight reduction compared to ten years ago. The results were published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.
The study participants were asked whether they had used marijuana in the past year, and about signs of abuse. Those include trying but unable to reduce heavy use, and continued use despite knowing it may be damaging health or causing depression or anxiety. This is a problem affecting about 6.8 million adults. Use increased among all ages but was most common in adults 18 to 29.
Marijuana use was higher among teenagers. About 23 percent of high school students had used the drug in the past month in 2013. However, research shows that teen use has been somewhat stagnant during the past decade.
The results likely reflect mostly recreational use because most states didn’t have medical-marijuana laws during the years the surveys took place. The results show that people can use marijuana without harms, but there are risks. More research is needed to determine the causes of problematic use.
The White House isn't likely to wait long to challenge Wednesday's ruling allowing House Republicans to sue the Obama administration for spending federal funds on the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing assistance.Read More
A U.S-backed panel of independent medical experts are not recommended a daily low-dose of aspirin for people between the ages of 50-59 at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. In addition to preventing heart attack and stroke, some people may also reduce their risk of colon cancer if they take aspirin for at least 10 years. This was stated by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This recommendation is more narrow than the group's previous recommendation which segmented out the guidelines based on gender.Read More
A group of 118 leading cancer experts have developed a list of proposals designed to reduce the cost of cancer drugs. Also in support of a grassroots patient protest movement to pressure drug companies to charge what they deem a fair value for treatments. Experts include former presidents of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology. An insured cancer patient who needs a drug that costs $120,000 a year would pay as much as $30,000 in out-of-pocket costs, which is more than half of the average U.S. household income of $52,000.Read More
Lawmakers have taken first step in limiting vaccination exemptions for schoolchildren. Bill approved late June. Prohibits parents from stopping their children from being vaccinated for personal or religious reasons.Read More
This morning, the Supreme Court ruled in favor, with a 6-3 decision, to uphold the Obamacare authorization of federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal exchanges.Read More