Remarkable progress made reducing kidney failure from diabetes in Native American populations. Federal data show diabetes-related kidney failure among Native American adults (American Indians/Alaskan Natives) decreased 54 percent between 1996 and 2013.
Unless your hearing is tested, it’s really hard to know if it’s damaged. That’s the message of a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey that found about one in four U.S. adults who say their hearing is good or excellent actually have hearing damage.
More than 24 million adults with arthritis have activity limitations from their disease. The percentage of adults with arthritis who have activity limitations grew from 35.9% in 2002 to 42.8% in 2014, a significant increase of 20% overall and independent of the aging of the population.
Arthritis limits daily activities of 24 million adults in the United States, making it hard for them to hold a cup, lift a grocery bag, or walk to their car. And, the percentage of adults limited by arthritis continues to get worse and has increased by about 20 percent since 2002.
About 1 in 10 U.S. pregnant women with confirmed Zika had a fetus or baby with birth defects in 2016. Nearly 1,300 pregnant women with evidence of possible Zika infection were reported in 44 US states in 2016.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to Medicare Advantage and Part D health and drug programs. These changes would redefine health-related supplemental benefits to include covering of non-skilled in-home supports, portable wheelchair ramps, and other assistive devices and modifications, and would ensure patient-doctor-plan communication regarding opioid use to give health plans additional tools to manage chronic overuse.
Discusses updated statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on the distribution of opioid prescriptions in the state and the resultant fallout. In 2016, more than 675 million pills were dispensed. In a third of North Carolina counties, there were more opioid prescriptions than people. Between 1999 and 2016, opioid-related deaths in the state increased 900%.