April 20, 2014

Diabetes, Heart Disease, Etc.

1 Medical Cost of Lifelong Obesity Nears $20K

Duke University medical number crunchers report in the latest issue of Pediatrics that an obese U.S. child who remains obese through adulthood will spend $19,000 more over time for medical care than a normal-weight child who maintains that status as an adult. For purposes of comparison, an all-expenses-paid year at a major university would cost about $17,000. Significantly, the lifelong obese individual will spend some $13,000 more than even normal-weight children who become obese adults, underscoring the need to prevent or reduce childhood obesity as early as possible. Currently, some 20 percent of U.S. children in the 6-19 age range are considered obese, and multiplying the $19,000 figure by the estimated number of obese ten-year-olds yields a hefty $14 billion medical price tag.

More at Sfchronicle.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Childhood Obesity May Effect Puberty

Tags: Cost of Childhood Obesity, Medical Expenses from Obesity, Financial Effect of Childhood Obesity, Duke University Obesity Study

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Students Drink Less Milk

2 Consequences of Banning Chocolate Milk

Taking chocolate milk away as a choice in school cafeterias may lead to lower milk consumption and more milk waste, find researchers. Reported in PLoS ONE, the study found that while banning chocolate milk from school lunches can reduce sugar consumption, that gain comes with consequences. The study found that banning chocolate milk leads students to drink 9.9 percent less milk overall. Students also wasted 29.4 percent more white milk. A small percentage of students (6.8 percent) even stopped purchasing school lunches. The before-and-after research on the chocolate-milk ban involved 11 Oregon elementary schools.

More at PLoS ONE | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chocolate Milk to Have Less Sugar

Tags: Chocolate Milk in Schools, PLoS ONE, School Lunches, Wasting White Milk, Effects of Chocolate Milk Ban

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Sample Today, Bigger Bill Later

3 Dermatologists, Samples = Expensive Scripts

Access to drug samples may lead dermatologists to write the more expensive prescription, find researchers. Published in JAMA Dermatology, the study found that the average retail cost of drugs prescribed by dermatologists with access to free drug samples is around twice the cost of prescriptions from dermatologists without access to the samples. Some of the dermatologists in the study worked at an academic medical center that prohibits the use of samples. Senior study author Alfred Lane, MD, emeritus professor of dermatology and of pediatrics at Stanford, says that by accepting samples, patients may not be aware that they're perhaps "unintentionally channeled into subsequently receiving a prescription for a more expensive medication."

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Derm Warned About Promoting Product

Tags: Dermatologists, JAMA Dermatology, Michael Hurley, Prescription Samples, Samples Affect Prescription Choice

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