Health Problems

Reconstructive surgery international trips are cost effective and sustainable

(HealthDay)—International trips for specialty plastic surgeries can be cost-effective or very cost-effective for several conditions, according to a study published in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Jacob S. Nasser, of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues gathered data on trips by the organization ReSurge International to low- and middle-income […]

Medications

Reforming pharmacy benefit manager practices may lead to drug cost savings

Efforts to control health care costs in the United States often focus on the listed prescription drug prices, but a perspective published by the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that unregulated pharmacy benefit manager practices also may contribute to escalating expenses. Researchers from the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern […]

Health News

Even brief EMS delay can cost lives after car crash

(HealthDay)—How fast emergency medical help arrives at the scene of a car crash plays a significant role in patient survival, a new study finds. Reviewing U.S. collisions between 2013 and 2015, researchers blamed 14 percent of fatalities in cities and suburbs on slower-than-average EMS response times. Poor timing accounted for 10 percent of deaths in […]