Health

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.

Including LGBT Data in Electronic Health Records

Recently, the University of California Davis Health System became the first US academic health center to introduce sexual orientation and gender identity data into its electronic health records.

Show Me the Calories? Calorie Counts on Menu Boards May Not Impact Consumer Choice in Restaurants

A new study finds that posting calorie counts on menu boards in fast food restaurants increases awareness of information but does not impact long-term purchasing decisions.

Using Value-Added Measures to Assess Healthcare

At the core of healthcare reform is the goal to maximize value for patients at the lowest cost possible. As is shown in this study, value-added measures can give valuable insight into the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare providers.

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