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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…

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.
Diabetes care has expanded under the ACA.

ACA Provided Care to 1.9 Million People With Diabetes

The researchers found that 17 percent of nonelderly adults with diabetes, including 33 percent of those with low income, were uninsured in 2009 to 2010. Adjusted uninsured rates decreased by 12 percent after ACA implementation among nonelderly adults with diabetes and by 27 percent among those with low income.

Magnitude of Therapeutic Effects Crucial in FDA Approval of Non-RCT Treatments

The magnitude of therapeutic effects plays an important role in US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of treatments based on nonrandomized clinical trials (RCTs), according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. RCTs are widely used to evaluate the safety and efficacy of new clinical interventions and medical devices. However, RCTs are often…
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