Rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in Rhode Island, a trend the state's department of health attributes to better STD testing, as well as higher rates of high-risk sexual behavior.
The number of people who were uninsured for at least part of last year dropped to a low not seen in decades. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed the insurance landscape in the first nine months of 2014, only 11.9% of respondents said they were uninsured.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores.
A major international study says HIV patients shouldn't delay in seeking treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer.
Physicians face tough predicaments in attempting to prescribe highly effective new hepatitis C drugs for their patients while health plans strive to curb the high costs of those medications.
Data Points for the week of May 25, 2015, covered the following topics: Paying physicians based on quality, infections from contaminated duodenoscopes, nursing home quality ratings, TV ads for children for poor quality food
Researchers have found a correlation between poverty and severe vision loss. They also identified the South as having the most poor people with bad vision. Experts say the problem is not because there is a lack of optometrists.
The suicide rate for elementary-school aged children appears to be flattening, but a study posted Monday on the JAMA Pediatrics website found those numbers hide an increased rate among young black boys while fewer white boys are committing suicide.
Data Points for the week of May 18, 2015, covered the following topics: HIV infection rates, heroin poisoning, mortality among Hispanics with diabetes, physicians with Caribbean medical educations, prescription costs
Fewer Americans are getting sick from a nasty germ sometimes found in undercooked hamburgers, the government reported Thursday. The latest report card on food poisoning shows illnesses from a dangerous form of E. coli bacteria have fallen 20% in the past few years.
Regarding the recent article “Healthcare spending rises 5.5% while rest of economy sputters”, I wonder if the rise in hospital costs could be related to the rapid growth of high-deductible health plans.
Federal, state and local public officials are working to get an HIV outbreak in rural Southern Indiana under control. But new cases are still being reported every day and they don't believe the outbreak has peaked yet.