Healthcare Economics & Policy

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, issued a rare national advisory Dec. 18 deeming youth e-cigarette use an “epidemic” in the country.

Patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who struggle to pay their medical bills are at a higher risk for psychological distress, depression and a poor quality of life, according to research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

A U.S. District Court judge in Texas ruled on Dec. 14 the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, a decision that could throw the American healthcare system into turmoil.

A report issued Dec. 14 by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association and Truth Initiative, among other public health groups, ranked Alaska No. 1 in the nation for funding programs that protect high-school aged kids against tobacco use and help current smokers quit.

The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) market is projected to grow to $4.3 billion by 2028, with compound annual growth of 4.1 percent, according to a new report from GlobalData.

Colorado residents who live in close proximity to oil and natural gas extraction sites might experience poorer cardiovascular health because of it, according to work published Dec. 6 in Environmental Research.

Although efforts to reduce heart failure (HF)-related deaths and readmissions in the United States were successful in the early 2000s, rates of HF-related ER visits, comorbid hospitalizations and mortality are at a standstill in 2018, according to a nationwide study published Dec. 11 in Circulation: Heart Failure.

As insulin prices in the U.S. continue to surge, lower-income diabetics are struggling to afford a drug their life depends on, researchers report in a JAMA Internal Medicine study published Dec. 3.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is cost-saving across nearly all age groups, regardless of whether patients are found to have hypertension on the initial screening, according to a study published in Hypertension.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out its final rule on school nutrition standards Dec. 6, allowing schools to ease up on whole grains, permanently serve 1 percent flavored milk and take their time reducing sodium levels in school lunches.

Medtronic has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) a total of $50.9 million to settle three claims against Covidien and ev3, two companies Medtronic acquired in 2015.

A cardiologist based in Elko, Nevada, pleaded guilty Nov. 26 to prescribing two highly addictive drugs—oxycodone and hydrocodone—to patients over a five-month period without legitimate medical reasons, U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson announced.