Health

12:53pm

Tue July 1, 2014
Shots - Health News

State Of The Painkiller Nation: Wide Variation In Prescription Rates

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 8:35 am

There's no getting around the fact that the abuse of prescription painkillers is a huge problem in the U.S. Prescription drug overdoses now kill more people each year than car crashes.

But the overdose risks vary quite a bit depending on where in the country you live. One reason is that how often doctors prescribed the drugs, such as Percocet, Vicodin and generic opioids, varies widely by state.

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10:58am

Tue July 1, 2014
Shots - Health News

Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 12:08 pm

Most older adults are overweight or obese, which increases the risk of chronic health problems.
Claudio Arnese iStockphoto

Older people are working more, voting more and drinking and smoking less than they used to. That's the good news.

But nearly three-quarters of older men and about two-thirds of women over age 64 are overweight or obese, making them more likely to have to deal with diabetes, arthritis and impaired mobility.

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6:55am

Tue July 1, 2014
Shots - Health News

Skimpier Health Plans Could Impose Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 1:02 pm

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People are worried about being able to pay for health insurance. So the insurance industry and a group of Democratic senators have proposed offering cheaper, skimpier "copper plans" on the health law's marketplaces that could draw in people who were unhappy with the cost of available plans.

But consumer advocates and others who study the insurance market suggest that there may not be a big demand for these plans and that they could expose people to unacceptably high out-of-pocket costs if they got sick.

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5:02pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Skip The Stirrups: Doctors Rethink Yearly Pelvic Exams

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 2:57 pm

First-year medical student Michelle Gentile assists her classmate Abbie Harts as she performs a pelvic exam on a volunteer at Northwestern University.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

The American College of Physicians said Monday that it strongly recommends against annual pelvic exams for healthy, low-risk women.

In fact, the intrusive exams may do more harm than good for women who aren't pregnant or don't have signs of problems, a group of doctors wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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3:07pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Shots - Health News

Lead Exposure May Cause Depression And Anxiety In Children

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 7:44 am

A child plays in a Beijing park. Health threats caused by pollution have become a major concern in China.
Andy Wong AP

Lead is well known for causing permanent behavioral and cognitive problems in children, but a study says it may also cause less obvious problems like depression, too, even at low levels.

That's the word from a study tracking the health of 1,341 children in Jintan, China, where the health effects of pollution from rapid development have become a national concern.

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