Category Health-Health Care

2010 National and State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption

2010 National and State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine Introduction Excessive alcohol use cost the U.S. $223.5 billion in 2006. Given economic shifts in the U.S. since 2006, more-current estimates are needed to help inform the planning of prevention strategies. Methods From March 2012 to March 2014, the 26 […]

Controlled Substance Prescribing Patterns — Prescription Behavior Surveillance System, Eight States, 2013

Controlled Substance Prescribing Patterns — Prescription Behavior Surveillance System, Eight States, 2013 Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In all eight states, opioid analgesics were prescribed approximately twice as often as stimulants or benzodiazepines. Prescribing rates by drug class varied widely by state: twofold for opioids, fourfold for stimulants, almost twofold for benzodiazepines, and […]

40.4 million people provided eldercare in 2013–14

40.4 million people provided eldercare in 2013–14 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Sixteen percent (40.4 million) of the civilian noninstitutional population age 15 and older provided unpaid eldercare over the 2013–14 period. Eldercare providers are defined as people who provide unpaid care to someone age 65 or older who needs help because of a condition […]

Private Health Insurance: The Range of Premiums and Plan Availability for Individuals in 2014 and 2015

Private Health Insurance: The Range of Premiums and Plan Availability for Individuals in 2014 and 2015 Source: Government Accountability Office As of 2014, key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) resulted in the establishment of health insurance exchanges in each state and changed how insurers determined health insurance premiums. Individual market […]

Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2014: Volume II, college students and adults ages 19-55

Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2014: Volume II, college students and adults ages 19-55 (PDF) Source: Monitoring the Future (University of Michigan) From press release (PDF): Daily marijuana use among the nation’s college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014. A series of […]

School Start Times for Middle School and High School Students — United States, 2011–12 School Year

School Start Times for Middle School and High School Students — United States, 2011–12 School Year Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (CDC) Adolescents who do not get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight (1); not engage in daily physical activity (2); suffer from depressive symptoms (2); engage in unhealthy risk behaviors such […]

Parents’ Experiences in Obtaining Health Care for Children, Ages 0-17, Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011

Parents’ Experiences in Obtaining Health Care for Children, Ages 0-17, Estimates for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2011 Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Highlights Three-fourths of parents of children from poor families compared to 80 percent from high income families reported always being able to make routine health care appointments for their children […]