Roughly one in 20 women of childbearing age suffer from major depression. Women without private health insurance had a 2.5-fold increased risk of major depression. The antidepressants most commonly used by women with major depression were selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (21.3%), phenylpiperazines (8.4%), and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (7.2%).
Antibiotic resistance increases the cost of treating a bacterial infection by $1,383 and adds $2.2 billion to the country’s health care spending. Inpatient care is the biggest contributor to the incremental cost. Also costs related to antibiotic resistance were higher for older people and those in poor health.
Provide housing for people experiencing housing instability, some of whom are health care’s super utilizers. Their health will improve, and their utilization will go down.
Deal with people’s isolation and disconnection to head off physical health problems—and possibly health care costs.
There are four barriers to improving colorectal care for poor people. They are: limited resources, whether patients understand colorectal symptoms and physicians correctly diagnose them, beliefs about health and illness such as self-care, and patients’ reaction to illness.
Asthma is a common chronic respiratory disease affecting nearly 8% of the U.S. population. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) is a noninvasive biomarker for T2-driven (i.e., allergic) airway inflammation that could be used to improve diagnosis, optimize inhaled corticosteroid dosing, and monitor adherence.
Researchers used callers, posing as the uninsured, to call primary care offices. They got appointments if they could pay the fee. Things changed, however, if the callers tried to work out a deal by which they would pay in installments. Far fewer callers could get appointments in such cases.
Use telehealth to avoid expensive inpatient care and deliver excellent care to even the most remote places.
Frequent shift work, particularly at night, increases type 2 diabetes risk factors, according to a study in Diabetes Care. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston looked at the impact on 270,000 people who currently work the night shift, using data from the UK Biobank.
Clinical benefits associated with new cancer therapies do not justify the high prices for the medications, and some value-based payment system is needed, according to a study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice. That’s especially true regarding incremental costs, the difference in total drug price between the novel medications and standard treatment.
For some, it might be more convenient—and it’s less costly. Why don’t more patients give peritoneal dialysis a try?
People with less money have a greater chance of getting dementia. Researchers looked at 6,220 English patients ages 65 and older, in 2002–2003 and again in 2014–2015. In those 12 years, those in the lowest wealth quintile had 1.68 times more likelihood of getting dementia than those in the highest quintile.