About half of all Americans reported taking one or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days during 2007-2010, and 1-in-10 took five or more, according to "Health, United States, 2013," the government’s annual, comprehensive report on the nation’s health that was released Wednesday.
Retail sales rose ever so slightly in April, putting a damper on hopes of a sharp uptick in economic growth in the second quarter. According to the U.S. Commerce Department, retail sales — which include categories such as automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants — rose 0.1% in April, following a revised 1.5% increase in March that ranked as the biggest since March 2010.
Consumer year-over-year spending growth of 4.1% gained momentum in April 2014 compared with the prior month’s growth of 3.1%, driven by warmer weather, as well as the Easter shift into April this year, according to First Data SpendTrend analysis.
Working-age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50% more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease — such as cancer, diabetes, stroke or heart disease — according to a Vital Signs report released earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Medical providers’ efforts to reduce costs by taking a more holistic approach to healthcare will spur a doubling in the global market for home health technologies in the coming years, according to an IHS Technology report released Thursday titled “World Market for Home Health Technologies – 2014.”
Although some guidelines recommend lipid screening for children and adolescents of certain ages, data indicate that only about 3% are having their cholesterol tested during health visits, according to a study in the May 7 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on child health.
Conventional wisdom holds that when the risk of catching a disease is high, people are more likely to get vaccinated to protect themselves. This may not be the case, however, according to a study presented May 5 at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting.
A new study by researchers at CVS Caremark, Aetna and Brigham and Women's Hospital finds that eliminating co-pays for preventive medications prescribed for post-heart attack patients can significantly improve medication adherence and health outcomes for non-white patients, which suggests that this approach may be an effective strategy for reducing commonly recognized disparities in cardiovascular care related to patient ethnicity and race.
Last winter's flu season was fairly typical of other winters over the last decade, with the prevalence of the flu and the number of people who had flu shots both fairly close to the averages for that time period, the Harris Poll reported Tuesday.
In a study released Saturday that included data from more than 3 million children and adolescents from diverse geographic regions of the United States, researchers found that the prevalence of both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes increased significantly between 2001 and 2009.
An average of $3.9 billion per year in avoidable healthcare utilization costs would be realized if all U.S. adults older than 55 years diagnosed with age-related eye disease were to use lutein and zeaxanthin dietary supplements at preventive intake levels, according to a new economic report released Thursday by the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
MyFitnessPal on Thursday published its first user data study, uncovering a new trend in which people share health-related goals, activities and personal health content with their friends, colleagues and relatives, online and off.
With Mother's Day just around the corner, online shopping site and e-commerce platform PriceGrabber released results of its 2014 Mother's Day Shopping Survey. The survey, conducted from April 3 to April 17, includes responses from more than 3,000 online shoppers.
H-E-B shared the top spot with USAA in the 2014 Temkin Forgiveness Ratings. Currently in its fourth year of publication, the Temkin Forgiveness Ratings examines forgiveness levels for 268 companies across 19 industries.
As lifetime earnings for pharmaceuticals decrease, commercialization expenses increase and payers tighten their belts on reimbursement, life science companies will be faced with shrinking margins over the next few years.
Total spending on U.S. medicines increased 1% on a real per capita basis in 2013, while the use of healthcare services rose for the first time in three years, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
Looking to “break the myths” about millennials, and help marketers and brands effectively engage with them, Nielsen has released a new report, dubbed “Millennials: Breaking the Myths of this No Strings Attached Generation.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday reported that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and more than 700,000 deaths among children born in the last two decades.