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Length of Time Spent in the US Impacts Opioid Use Among Immigrants

The length of time spent in the United States by first-generation immigrants is associated with opioid use, according to a recent study in JAMA Network Open. There are an estimated 41.5 million adult immigrants in the United States, of which approximately 3.2 million (7.8%) report using prescription opioids. Because the current opioid crisis originated from…

Would Warning Labels on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Affect Obesity in the US?

Obesity affects nearly 40% of US adults and may contribute to a gamut of other medical issues like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. One of the most significant contributors to the obesity epidemic is the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) at higher than recommended levels. These levels are especially high among non-Hispanic black…

Medical Misinformation on Social Media and How We Can Stop It

The spread of medical misinformation is becoming increasingly common across social media. For example, a 1999 chain email on the use of “Cough CPR” in heart attacks was publicly discouraged by the American Heart Association following its initial circulation; however, because of the rise of social media platforms, the hoax has seen a resurgence. A…

Can Healthcare Spending Waste Be Reduced?

Healthcare costs in the United States are approaching 18% of the country’s GDP, a figure greater than any other nation in the world. However, according to a 2012 analysis, up to 34% of this spending could be categorized as waste.

Is it Ethical to Charge for Prenatal Screening?

Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is becoming common around the world. Requiring only a blood draw at 9 to 11 weeks of gestation, NIPT tests for chromosomal abnormalities such as trisomies 21, 18, and 13. In some countries, the simple and safe test is part of routine care or offered through publicly funded programs. In other…

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