September 13, 2017
Yes, we can be embarrassed
Yesterday we pointed out that Georgia has the third-worst* level of medically uninsured people of the 50 states (plus DC). Today we have numbers courtesy of WalletHub, which looks at individual cities. Not a pretty picture.
Out of 547 metropolitan areas in the U.S., John’s Creek is the only Georgia city where fewer than 10 percent of adults are uninsured (8.3 percent); it ranks #215 on the list.
Columbus (#370) and Atlanta (#387) are the next highest-ranking.
Albany has the state’s highest uninsured rate, with more than one in five adults not having health coverage. Savannah isn’t much better off (19.6% of adults aren’t insured).
And then there’s Warner Robins, where almost 10 percent of kids aren’t covered.
*WalletHub says we’re fourth worst; we’re above Alaska
If you don’t like children…
…put them in your lap and go down a slide. You increase their risk of injury. The more you know.
Worried about a lack of Zika coverage?
Don’t be. Seems that hurricanes like Irma and Harvey make great conditions for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.
Eat chocolate to lose weight
Study 1: “[T]he proportion of some bacteria in the gut may be responsible for how much weight we are able to lose.”
Study 2: “Several studies show that the consumption of cocoa increases the levels of so-called friendly bacteria in the gut.”
Ergo, eat chocolate to lose weight, right? Right?
Caffeine — particularly from coffee — can apparently cut diabetic women’s risk of death in half. (If you’re only worried about death from cancer, tea is OK.) This comes from a new study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting.
The more the better, in fact.
This observational study found that the more caffeine women consumed the lower their risk of dying compared to those who never consumed caffeine. Importantly, the protective effect depended on the source of the caffeine: higher levels of caffeine consumption from coffee were associated with a reduced risk of death from any cause, particularly from cardiovascular disease; while women who consumed more caffeine from tea were less likely to die from cancer.
September 14, 2017
Georgia’s uninsured rate is better, but still bad
Georgia’s uninsured rate dropped to only 12.9 percent — but we’ve still got the third-highest rate in the nation. (Only Texas and Oklahoma are worse.) And did you know that it’s illegal in Georgia for a state employee to advocate for Medicaid expansion? Click here for the full details from Census.gov.
Perhaps a spoonful of sugar?
Lack of medication adherence isn’t just bad for patients — even worse, it’s bad for drug companies, which lose billions of dollars when prescriptions aren’t refilled.
Getting people to take their meds isn’t easy. But that hasn’t stopped a lot of people from trying.
If you give a firm a loophole….
So remember how Allergan found a way (at least temporarily) around U.S. patent law by selling six patents to the Mohawk Tribe, which is out of federal jurisdiction? It seems SRC Labs has a similar deal. And pundits wonder: Could Pfizer be next? Or AbbVie?
*Fun fact: Repeated polls find that American Indians prefer being called by their tribe name (e.g., “Mohawks”) or “American Indians,” rather than “Native Americans.”
Next thing you know, they’ll invade Russia in the winter
Drug makers are busy, busy, busy fighting battles on a lot of fronts. They’re fighting a proposed pricing-transparency law in California, they’re spending millions fighting Medicaid drug-spending limits in Ohio, and they’re fighting a Japanese plan to lower drug costs by reviewing pharmaceutical payments every year instead of every two years.
Stupid is as stupid does
Martin Shkreli is in custody, bail revoked, after making an offer on Facebook: $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair. That’s called “solicitation to assault.”
Yet Another Obamacare Repeal Attempt.