From 2009 to 2013, the number of Americans using prescription opiates declined 9.2%, yet both the number of opioid prescriptions filled and the number of days of medication per prescription rose more than 8% in that time period.
Seasonal flu vaccines may protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain, but also against many additional types, according to a study published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.
For the second week, influenza-like activity tracked above the national baseline, according to the Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, indicating that this year's season is officially underway. The trajectory of illness rates are tracking ahead of the past two years, which suggests this season has the potential to be a severe season.
Healthgrades, a leading online resource to help consumers find a doctor and prepare for their appointment, on Thursday launched a new Right Care Center with content to help Americans make smarter health choices this holiday season.
CMS issued a proposed 428-page rule change earlier this week that would offer health systems more flexibility regarding the agency's accountable care program, PwC's Health Research Institute noted Friday.