Health

How Temporary Incentives Can Increase Long-Run Productivity in Clinics

A recent study shows that temporary financial incentives can motivate long-run changes in clinic routines, overcoming the initial costs of inertia and allowing them to implement more effective and efficient practices.

Taking a Closer Look at Elderly Medicaid Recipients

Understanding how elderly individuals ultimately rely on Medicaid could be key to implementing changes that protect the fiscal longevity of both Medicaid and Medicare.

A Milliliter of Cure: How Investment in Vaccine Provision Could Yield Substantial Economic Returns

A new study finds that investments aimed at increasing vaccine coverage reap significant economic benefits in the long run, particularly in developing countries.

Work Stress Is the New Secondhand Smoke

A recent article in The Behavioral Science & Policy Journal sheds light on the combined effects of several workplace stressors on overall health outcomes.

The Link between Perceived Income Inequality Conditions and Higher Caloric Intake

Poverty and income inequality conditions translate into higher obesity rates by inducing anxiety and uncertainty feelings for individuals, who increase their caloric intake as a response.

Hidden Costs of High-Deductible Plans

A very large firm switched from completely subsidized insurance plans to high-deductible insurance plans, resulting in a reduction of 13 percent in total health spending. Evidence suggests that consumers are potentially reducing both wasteful and needed medical care, thus behaving counter to their financial and medical interests.

Are Pregnancies Saving Lives Among Sex Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa?

A new study suggests that pregnancy among female sex workers in sub-Saharan Africa could act as a crucial entry point into the healthcare system, yielding better outcomes for HIV testing and treatment.

All Roads Lead to Health: Medicaid Expansion Could Be Valuable Regardless of Method

A new study finds that expanding Medicaid has significant positive effects for patients, but whether it happens via traditional Medicaid or private Marketplaces does not make much of a difference.

Antibiotic Breach: The Fall of Another Powerful Antibiotic Drug

This study presents the first observed case of transmittable antibiotic resistance to colistin, one of the most potent antibiotics available. Colistin belongs to a class of antibiotics of “last resort,” called polymyxin. The study highlights the need for increased regulation of antimicrobial use to avoid a global health crisis.

Paving the Way towards Healthier Consumption Habits to Tackle Obesity: The Mexican Soda Tax Case

New evidence on the effects of the Mexican soda tax suggests successful intermediate effects of raising the real prices of sodas and avoiding shifts in consumption towards other caloric beverages.

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