Population Health

Back-to-School Virus Watch: Children Are at Risk for More Than Just COVID-19

September 7th 2021, 7:15pm

Article

Researchers have found that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused potentially millions of children to miss routine vaccines. During a time of back-to-school excitement and reversals of transmission prevention efforts in some states, children may be at risk of facing a slew of non-COVID-19 viral outbreaks.

What We're Reading: Texas Abortion Law Takes Effect; COVID-19 Raises US Mortality Rates; Senate’s Drug Price Bill

September 1st 2021, 3:53pm

Article

A new Texas law ending abortions after 6 weeks takes effect, angering the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; the CDC says mortality rates may not go back to normal until 2023; a Senate version of a bill aimed at lowering drug prices would only impact Medicare.

Long-term Air Pollution Exposure Linked With Dementia, Alzheimer Disease

August 10th 2021, 5:45pm

Article

Findings of the Adult Changes in Thought study present a significant link between long-term air pollution exposure and increased risk of dementia.

What We’re Reading: Federal Workers to Have Vaccines or Tests; Pfizer Sues Over Medicare Co-pays; CDC Reverses Testing Guidance

July 29th 2021, 3:07pm

Article

President Joe Biden requires federal workers to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or face strict safety protocols; Pfizer files federal lawsuit over reimbursing drugs through Medicare; and the CDC revises its testing guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

Citing Nature of Delta Variant, CDC Tells the Vaccinated to Resume Masking in Hot Spots

July 27th 2021, 7:51pm

Article

Saying that in rare cases vaccinated people can spread COVID-19 due to the unique behavior of the delta variant, the CDC Tuesday recommended that vaccinated individuals revert to indoor mask wearing in hot-spot areas, including in schools this fall.

How Lifestyle Behaviors Influence Risk of Parkinson Disease

July 27th 2021, 6:30pm

Article

People with prior incidence of traumatic brain injury and exposure to lead were shown to be at elevated risk of Parkinson disease development, with family history also found to influence risk.

Matters in Managed Care: Investing in Primary Care—New Collaborations for the Postpandemic Era, Part 8

July 27th 2021, 6:20pm

Webinar

In the June Matters in Managed Care webinar, experts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, UNC Center for the Business of Health, and WakeMed discussed how they are working together to address some of the state’s unique primary care needs.

Matters in Managed Care: Investing in Primary Care—New Collaborations for the Postpandemic Era, Part 7

July 27th 2021, 6:05pm

Webinar

In the June Matters in Managed Care webinar, experts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, UNC Center for the Business of Health, and WakeMed discussed how they are working together to address some of the state’s unique primary care needs.

Matters in Managed Care: Investing in Primary Care—New Collaborations for the Postpandemic Era, Part 6

July 27th 2021, 5:55pm

Webinar

In the June Matters in Managed Care webinar, experts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, UNC Center for the Business of Health, and WakeMed discussed how they are working together to address some of the state’s unique primary care needs.

Matters in Managed Care: Investing in Primary Care—New Collaborations for the Postpandemic Era, Part 5

July 27th 2021, 5:40pm

Webinar

In the June Matters in Managed Care webinar, experts from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, UNC Center for the Business of Health, and WakeMed discussed how they are working together to address some of the state’s unique primary care needs.