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
September 10, 2020
Medical Services Through Health & Wellness
Now that the semester is in full swing, you may find yourself with your regular back-to-school cold or needing an immunization that you missed at your annual physical exam. Thanks to Health & Wellness, you can get what you need and more! Health & Wellness is the medical office on campus that has a holistic approach to health. They offer regular medical services in addition to wellness services and different types of wellness counseling.... Read More
July 22, 2020
Recently covered in mainstream media, the antiviral drug Remdesivir may now be a potential treatment for COVID-19 patients admitted into hospitals. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug for an early use authorization as it is still in clinical trials for testing. In labs, Remdesivir has also been shown to help treat hepatitis and Ebola.
Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of the drug, was able to get an early use authorization from the FDA so quickly because the... Read More
June 30, 2020
Merging Technology And Healthcare
When the spread of COVID-19 began, many healthcare providers and centers began promoting the idea of telehealth services. But what does that really mean? Telehealth uses digital information and communication technologies in order to support patient care, administrative activities, and health education. Basically, it allows patients and providers to interact when they are physically separated.
The goals of telehealth are to reduce the cost of healthcare services... Read More
June 11, 2020
Tracking The Virus
As states across the country move into the phases of re-opening businesses during the current COVID-19 pandemic, many epidemiologists, doctors, and public health officials alike have recommended the use of contact tracing to slow the spread of disease once businesses open and people return to work.
So, what exactly is contact tracing? Contact tracing is simply the identification of people who may have been exposed to or in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of an... Read More