Prescription drug coverage: What it’s all about
Do you take any prescription medications? Most Americans do. Nearly half of Americans take at least 1 prescription drug per month, and about 1 in 8 take 5 or more. And all those prescriptions can add up. In 2021, prescription drug spending hit $378...
American Cancer Society annual report
When the American Cancer Society was founded in 1913, a cancer diagnosis meant almost certain death—preceded only by a protracted period of pain and suffering. In those days, the Society could offer comfort and perhaps the loan of a hospital bed, but it...
How reducing workplace stress could help prevent heart attacks
When the leader of a major organisation suffers a heart attack, it tends to make the headlines. That was the case in 2017, when the American Heart Association’s volunteer president, cardiologist John Warner, M.D., went into cardiac arrest. That was the case...
The ticking time bomb: Ageing population
When Emma Morano died in Italy April 2017, she was the world’s oldest person. She was also the last link to the 19th century, having been born in November 1899. According to a BBC report, the 117-year-old woman’s life “not only spanned three centuries...
Unconditional caregiving
Journalist Richard Lui's father, Stephen, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease nine years ago. Not long after the diagnosis, the New York-based MSNBC/NBC news anchor began commuting cross-country to San Francisco each week to help care for his father,...
Aetna’s Rush to Brush program
In 2018, the global health care industry held 1,218 exabytes of data. That’s a staggering figure considering that a single exabyte could hold all the printed material in the Library of Congress 100,000 times over. Moreover, health care’s data storage...
Practicing for her people
Robeson County, North Carolina, ranks dead last among the Tar Heel State’s 100 counties for health outcomes and health factors like smoking and obesity. Diabetes, cancer, poverty and a lack of local medical specialists make it hard for the rural county’s...