Nearly a third of older adults have received a prescription for an opioid pain medicine in the past two years, but many of them didn’t get enough counseling about the risks that come with the potent painkillers, how to reduce their use, when to switch to a non-opioid option, or what to do with leftover pills.
These days, Americans can manage many facets of their lives through the Internet. But a new poll suggests that many older adults still aren’t using online systems to communicate with the doctors and other health care providers they rely on – despite the widespread availability of such systems.
The majority of Americans over age 50 take two or more prescription medicines to prevent or treat health problems, and many of them say the cost weighs on their budget, a new U-M/AARP poll finds. But many older adults aren’t getting – or asking for – as much help as they could from their doctors and pharmacists to find lower-cost options, the new data reveal.
Veterans who have drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as their comrades, a new study finds. And women veterans with substance use disorders have an even higher rate of suicide -- more than five times that of their peers, the research shows. The risk of suicide differs depending on the type of substance the veteran has problems with, according to the study.
Pinkeye isn’t a medical emergency. Neither is a puffy eyelid. But a new study finds that nearly one in four people who seek emergency care for eye problems have those mild conditions, and recommends ways to help those patients get the right level of care.
The number of older Americans who take three or more medicines that affect their brains has more than doubled in just a decade, a new study finds. The sharpest rise occurred in seniors living in rural areas.
Thousands of times a day, doctors sign the hospital discharge papers for patients who have just had surgery. About half will get some sort of post-surgery care. But a new U-M study finds huge variation in where they end up, depending on where they had their operation. And that variation in turn leads to huge differences in how much their care costs.
For tens of millions of Americans, the start of a new year means the counter has gone back to zero on their health insurance deductible. If they need health care, they’ll pay for some of it out of their own pockets before their insurance takes over. As insurance plans with deductibles grow in popularity, a new study takes a national look at what those plans mean for people with common chronic health conditions.
A health care reform idea originated by University of Michigan faculty will get a major test among members of the nation’s military and their families, thanks to a provision in the national defense spending bill signed by President Obama Friday.
In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation’s brains, the percentage of American seniors with dementia is dropping, a new study finds. The downward trend has emerged despite something else the study shows: a rising tide of three factors that are thought to raise dementia risk. Those with the most years of education had the lowest chances of developing dementia.
A half billion dollars – at least -- gets spent each year on blood tests to see which hospital patients have a genetic quirk that makes their blood more likely to form dangerous clots. And most of that spending probably isn’t necessary, according to a new paper by a U-M team.
America’s opioid drug epidemic has struck hard in Michigan. But now, a team from the University of Michigan is striking back at a key factor: opioid prescriptions for patients before and after surgery.
Eight years ago this month, silence fell over a vast pharmaceutical research campus in northeast Ann Arbor. But today, it’s a bustling part of U-M, which has spent recent years putting its laboratories, offices and event spaces back to good use. A new project will renovate the last two empty buildings to create dozens of medical research laboratories.
All experts in the field now agree that PTSD indeed has its roots in very real, physical processes within the brain – and not in some sort of psychological “weakness”. But no clear consensus has emerged about what exactly has gone “wrong” in the brain. A new theory from two U-M experts could change that.
The last thing any hospital patient or nursing home resident needs is to get infected with “superbug” bacteria that don’t respond to treatment with antibiotics. New U-M research funded by CDC will work to better prevent, detect and treat such infections.
Rather than charging all patients the same amount for every doctor visit and prescription drug, health insurance plans' out-of-pocket costs should be based on how much a specific clinical service improves health, say two experts who have studied the issue. They have specific recommendations for how to change IRS and Medicare policy to make this possible.
Every year, millions of people in prison or jail struggle with mental health issues and substance use disorders. And after they get out, those issues can increase their chances of another arrest if they don’t receive treatment. But recent changes in a different area of the law -- health insurance -- may signal that this cycle could soon shift.
Dying in America is an expensive process, with about 1 in 4 Medicare dollars going to care for people in their last year of life. But for African Americans and Hispanics, the cost of dying is far higher than for whites. A new study tries to get to the bottom of this expensive mystery.
Patients who suffer heart attacks, or flare-ups of congestive heart failure, can be cared for in a variety of hospital locations. But a new study suggests that they’ll fare worse in hospitals that rely heavily on their intensive care units to care for patients like them. In fact, depending on where they go, they may be half as likely to get certain proven tests and treatments – and less likely to survive a month after their hospital stay.
More seniors are getting help from family, friends and hired helpers to keep them in their homes, despite disabilities that keep them from total independence, a new study finds. But that increase isn’t happening evenly across all groups. And the rising demand may have implications for the lives and careers of caregivers, and for policies that aim to support at-home caregivers.