April 26, 2013
It is widely known that health care costs are extremely high. Unfortunately in order to reduce the amount of money spent on health care costs, some people go without necessary care as an attempt to cut down. However, there are other options to save money other than avoiding the care that is needed.
One way to reduce the amount of money you spend on health care is to use your health care services appropriately. When you are feeling sick, or thinking that you need to receive care, the best thing... Read More
April 5, 2013
Public health works to prevent disease and prolong the lives of individuals. To accomplish this, public health works at a community level to improve and protect the health of our communities and empower them to achieve health goals and make lasting changes. There are many different social determinants that shape the lives of communities throughout the United States and public health officials work to provide services needed for all populations. The Center for Disease Control has created a... Read More
April 1, 2013
Health begins in the home! Home is a safe haven that provides you with comfort, security and warmth. It is very important to create a safe home for your family to establish a healthy lifestyle. Monday, April 1st marks the first day of National Public Health Week. Monday’s theme is “Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family”. On this day, public health advocates urge people to create a secure home; safe from food borne illness, carbon monoxide poisoning, fire hazards, and toxic chemicals.... Read More
March 29, 2013
In the current economic times, people are looking anywhere they can to cut costs in their life. According to research conducted by the Milken Institute, more than half of Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, many of which are preventable. According to calculations by the Milken Institute these diseases cost Americans and the government $1.3 trillion annually. This money comes out of the pockets of Americans as well as from the government, affecting every American in one way or... Read More
March 11, 2013
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by the time we reach 2015, we are going to be short 62,900 primary care physicians in the United States. They expect this number to be almost doubled by the time we reach 2025. A primary care physician is the first person a patient will seek if they are ill. Today, people are bypassing this, and going directly to emergency care. Many times, people are admitting themselves to the emergency room when in reality; they really do not need to... Read More
February 15, 2013
On Tuesday, the 22nd I went to the Soho NHS Walk-In Clinic of London and was able to experience the difference between the US healthcare and that of London first-hand. Since my arrival in London I have had this cold that I just could not kick. It seemed to be getting worse and I feared a sinus infection, so I eventually went to the Soho NHS Walk-in Medical Clinic. First, let me note that Soho is a fantastic part of the city; my favorite part thus far. I like to think of it as a combination of... Read More
February 11, 2013
The cost of healthcare is a huge issue on the national stage as the United States tries to come to terms with its overwhelming state of national debt. Concern is growing especially among young people who will be given the task of dealing with the mounting debt. The nation’s debt comes from many sources, but healthcare is a big contributor. Healthcare costs exceed nearly 20% of U.S. GDP; a staggering estimated $2 trillion annually. The US Council on Foreign Relations reported in 2012 that the US... Read More
February 4, 2013
As the temperature starts to drop, it seems that our immune system also goes down with it. Living in a dorm room, late nights in the library, and eating in the same locations is ideal for the germs also living at UNH. Getting sick often gives students the excuse to miss class. It is true that we are thinking about the other students in class and don’t want to get them sick, but have you ever thought about how much money you are losing?
What does money have to do with being sick? It has been... Read More
January 16, 2013
Medical maladies and mishaps are bound to happen to each individual at least once in their lifetime. Whether it is a misdiagnosis, an improper stitch sewn to your wound, or even just the lack of funds to pay for a treatment at that moment.
However, Julie Rovner from NPR states, “there's at least one good thing about the country's inability to control health costs. If you can write a compelling essay about a problem, you could win a thousand bucks.”
Rovner goes on in her article that a non-... Read More
January 14, 2013
It is typically right around now when we look into the mirror and ask, “Who is that pale person staring back at me?” In Durham there are several locations that offer tanning and promote specials that claim to save you money, but will you really be saving money in the long run?
Dr. Harley Haynes, vice chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and a Harvard Medical School professor stated, "There is no evidence at all that you can use UV radiation to... Read More