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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…

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…

ACOG Updates Guidance on OTC Contraception Access

The ACOG supports over-the-counter hormonal contraception access with no restrictions on age. Over-the-counter access should be expanded to include oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, the contraceptive patch, and depot medroxyprogesterone acetate.

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.
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