December 21, 2021
What This Means for Health Care in America
President Joe Biden has recently rolled out a new bill that will significantly change health care in America. The Biden-Harris administration has promised to ensure that every American has access to quality, affordable health care, and this bill is supposed to be a step in that direction. The Biden-Harris administration is known to say that health care is “a right, not a privilege”. So what exactly would change with this new bill?
The main components... Read More
November 8, 2021
Tips to Help Prevent Catching the Flu
Flu season is in full swing yet again with more and more people getting infected each day. Along with this, there are more people back on campus after COVID restrictions have been eased. Being in contact with many different people in crowded public places can lead to higher infection rates. Although masks are still required, it is important to continue to be cautious and proactive when it comes to catching the flu. The CDC has some tips on how to best keep... Read More
October 5, 2021
In the past few months, the class of 2021 faced a ton of new challenges. Navigate them with me!
Many of us no longer needed to live in Durham, so we needed to find housing or move back in with our family, we were on the hunt for full-time jobs, and we were attempting at finding a new health insurance plan. Whether or not we had a full time job offer after graduation, health insurance is a necessity. Now, I am no healthcare consumerism professional, but I did have the chance to explore... Read More
September 8, 2021
Your How-to Guide
There is denying that you can learn a lot of things on social media and the internet. Think of all the advertisements and sponsorships for health products that you see on a daily basis. Although every once in a while, you may find an advertisement for something that may actually be helpful when it comes to taking care of your overall health and wellbeing (like a new pair of running shoes, or a book to help you manage stress). But there is also a lot of stuff that can... Read More
March 26, 2021
A Few Key Terms
Have you ever received some random piece of mail or email to let you know that your health insurance policy has been renewed along with a long list of benefits? Well if you have ever tried to read one of these paper or electronic novels, it’s like learning a new language. Today, I am going to define a few common health insurance terms to help provide you with some clarity as most of you have just renewed a policy.
Copayment: This might be one that you are all familiar with.... Read More
March 9, 2021
An update on the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Every day worldwide, thousands of people are getting their COVID-19 vaccines. Let’s just stop and think about how hopeful that sounds…
The two vaccines that have been distributed in the US since early December have been manufactured by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. These companies both produced vaccines require two doses approximately 4 weeks apart to reach full effectiveness. Both have an efficacy rate of about 95% at preventing severe COVID-... Read More
March 1, 2021
Is There Really a Difference?
Think of the last time you were in the drug store. Whether you were looking for something for a headache, a sore throat, allergies, or something in between; you probably found yourself wondering whether you should go with the brand name drugs or the generic ones. They are set at different prices, have different packaging, and are even made by different companies. There must be a difference in quality, right?
Turns out, there is a difference, but it might not be... Read More
November 2, 2020
How Healthcare is Changing in New Hampshire
Since the start of the pandemic, healthcare in the United States has seen many new changes. One of these changes includes the actual delivery of healthcare. When shutdowns first began, many “nonessential” services (such as routine physicals) were halted. This sparked a major push towards implementing telehealth services for the continuation of these “nonessential” services.
Telehealth services are defined by the Mayo Clinic as “the use of digital... Read More
October 21, 2020
How November Can Bring Change to the ACA
Since the 2010 passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the act has been highly controversial. Though the entire bill enacted many new changes to the face of healthcare in America, one of the biggest controversies of the bill was the tax penalty individual mandate for health insurance. The act mandated that all Americans have some sort of health insurance coverage by the end of the year that the act was passed. If you were found to have no health... Read More
September 16, 2020
Updates From The American Cancer Society
Recently, after conducting research and studies, the American Cancer Society has updated their recommendations for cancer prevention. In their studies, they concluded that “at least 18% of all cancer cases in the U.S. are related to a combination [of certain lifestyle factors].” These lifestyle factors include levels of daily physical activity, dietary habits, and weekly alcohol consumption.
To prevent certain types of cancer later in life, the American... Read More