As if heroin weren’t hazardous enough, it might include lead poisoning

As if heroin weren’t hazardous enough, it might include lead poisoning

Enlarge / An opium poppy field in Afghanistan. After she admitted swallowing 30 packs of opium, a 51-year-old woman was brought to a hospital emergency room in Tehran, the New England Journal of Medicine reported yesterday. When a CT scan confirmed the presence of several small oval objects in her abdomen, the doctors gave her…
Should Youth Injury Be Dealt With As A Public Health Crisis?

Should Youth Injury Be Dealt With As A Public Health Crisis?

Researchers followed a group of kids from childhood into adulthood to track the link between trauma in early life and adult mental health. fzant/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption fzant/Getty Images Researchers followed a group of kids from childhood into adulthood to track the link between trauma in early life and adult mental health. fzant/Getty…
Cultural barriers still stand in the method of HPV vaccine uptake

Cultural barriers still stand in the method of HPV vaccine uptake

Enlarge / The HPV vaccine is often delivered along with sex education. Every year, nearly 34,000 cases of cancer in the US can be attributed to HPV, the human papillomavirus . The CDC estimates that vaccination could prevent around 93 percent of those cancers. Yet HPV vaccination rates are abysmal: only half of the teenagers…
A brand-new, eye-wateringly high price quote of the expense of weight problems in the United States

A brand-new, eye-wateringly high price quote of the expense of weight...

Enlarge / The total cost includes lost productivity, as well as healthcare costs. A report released this week puts a surprisingly high figure on the societal cost of obesity in the US: $1.72 trillion annually, or 9.3 percent of GDP. By contrast, the current CDC estimates are in the region of $150 billion, less than…
These are the leading 5 patterns forming the future of digital health

These are the leading 5 patterns forming the future of digital...

BII The healthcare industry is in a state of disruption. Digital solutions are becoming a necessary part of the new global standard of care for patients and regulation is being fast-tracked to catch up to digital health innovation. These rapid changes will have ripple effects across the entire healthcare system, impacting incumbents and new entrants…
UnitedHealthcare has actually revealed brand-new digital health functions (UNH)

UnitedHealthcare has actually revealed brand-new digital health functions (UNH)

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence "Digital Health Briefing" subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Leading US insurance company UnitedHealthcare launched a host of new and updated digital health features to boost member satisfaction and help its employer clients lower healthcare costs, per…
Optometrist discover that WebMD sign checker was incorrect majority the time

Optometrist discover that WebMD sign checker was incorrect majority the time

Enlarge / Giving online symptom checkers the hairy eyeball. In 2015, The BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal) did a thorough audit of online symptom checkers. It found that, on average, the sites listed the correct diagnosis first only about a third of the time. Carl Shen, an ophthalmology resident at McMaster University, has led a…
Gut germs recuperate from prescription antibiotics, however they might take 6 months

Gut germs recuperate from prescription antibiotics, however they might take 6...

We’re still understanding the important and complex role that the microbiome plays in human health, though we do know that the trillions of bacteria in the human body influence our immune function and digestion. But beyond what we know, there's simultaneously a fascinating field of research and a lot of hype and scaremongering. One thing…
2 Relocations By Trump This Past Week Might Improve U.S. Medical Insurance In Big Ways

2 Relocations By Trump This Past Week Might Improve U.S. Medical...

Shelton Allwood joined other demonstrators in Miami last year calling for continued protection for people who have pre-existing medical conditions. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Joe Raedle/Getty Images Shelton Allwood joined other demonstrators in Miami last year calling for continued protection for people who have pre-existing medical conditions. Joe Raedle/Getty Images In a…
A take a look at the infection behind 7 deaths at a New Jersey center

A take a look at the infection behind 7 deaths at...

Enlarge / Wash. Your. Hands. Over the last month, 19 children in a care home in New Jersey have fallen ill with adenovirus infections. Seven of those children have died, and it’s possible that more cases will be confirmed. The investigation into the causes of the outbreak, and the reasons for the extent of it,…
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