Focus of the Week

February 24, 2020
Recommendations abound for when women at average risk for breast cancer should begin yearly mammography screening, ranging from age 40 to 50. Questions remain, however, on the optimal age at which to stop. However, with over 50% of women older than age 75 still undergoing mammography, is there a truly safe age at which to stop what has been shown to be a life-saving practice if it does not decrease their mortality from breast cancer?
 
February 20, 2020
As a whole, the public does not realize that certain health coverage benefits stem from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
February 19, 2020
Higher out-of-pocket (OOP) drug costs for 3 common neurologic conditions—Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, and peripheral neuropathy—were associated with lower medication adherence among patients, which can potentially intensify symptom burden and result in higher costs.
February 18, 2020
According to recent study results published in JAMA, treatment-limiting Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLSTs) were significantly associated with lower rates of intensive care unit admissions among patients with life-limiting conditions compared with patients who had full-treatment POLSTs. However, researchers found 38% of patients with treatment-limiting POLSTs still received intensive care that was potentially discordant with their preferences.
February 17, 2020
Close to 80% of HIV-positive individuals are shown to be virally suppressed through their most recent test results, according to data from 2016 through 2018, as well as 32% to 63% of adults older than 24 years. Youth with a new HIV diagnosis, however, come in at only 12%.
February 14, 2020
Writing for the panel, Judge David Sentelle said HHS Secretary Alex Azar ignored predictions that thousands of people would lose their healthcare coverage.
February 14, 2020
Workers with health insurance through their jobs saw out-of-pocket costs rise 14.5%, or $114, between 2014 and 2018, and also increased the use of psychiatry services and substance use facilities.
February 12, 2020
In new guidelines issued today by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), researchers provide sleep intervention recommendations to families, neurologists, and other healthcare providers in making decisions on the best treatments available for children and teens with autism.
February 11, 2020
While many Americans may associate firearm-related suicides with access to handguns, a report released this month documents the high prevalence of long gun (rifle and shotgun) use in youth and rural suicide rates.
February 10, 2020
There are more than 36 million smokers in the United States today, and most (70%) admit they want to quit. Individuals who decide to quit see a smaller risk of heart disease within 1 to 2 years, along with reduced risks of stroke and peripheral vascular disease. However, annual deaths from smoking still exceed 480,000 in the United States, where over 16 million live with smoking-related diseases that include infertility, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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