When completing insurance enrollment forms it’s easy to wonder whether you really need some of the benefit choices, such as vision insurance. Can you get by without it?
Many people may consider deferring the purchase of a vision plan for adult family members in order to save money on monthly premium expenses. With the Affordable Care Act’s requirement of pediatric Essential Health Benefits (which includes vision) for all children under age 19, health professionals are concerned parents will purchase vision coverage for their children, but not for themselves. However, by doing so parents may face an increased risk of developing serious health concerns and incurring significant bills for medical services.
Consider the following statistics, which underscore the benefits of vision insurance and the importance of regular eye exams: View full article »
Many kids diagnosed with chronic illnesses, such as asthma and type 1 diabetes, are skipping or not taking prescribed medications as directed, according to research conducted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As a result, many are ending up in the emergency room (ER) for medical complications. View full article »
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a serious health concern affecting Americans of all ages. Medical professionals describe it as a disease of the heart, causing the muscles to thicken and not pump blood efficiently through the body. Through new research efforts, scientists have discovered key risk factors to help determine children who may be at risk for this fatal heart disease. View full article »
Approximately 8,000 American teens aged 14 and 15 suffer pedestrian accident-related injuries each year. Researcher s at the University of Alabama at Birmingham wondered whether sleep deprivation could be at the root of the problem.
In a virtual-reality setting in the university’s Youth Safety Lab, the scientists simulated a pedestrian street-crossing situation. Then they evaluated the behaviors of teens crossing the street based on the number of hours of sleep they had the night before. The teens were allowed either 4 hours or 8 ½ hours of sleep. View full article »
When sharing health information with young people, should the messages be positive or negative?
Researchers at University College London, England, recently studied this question. For years, advertisements on harmful health habits have focused on the negative aspect of risky health behaviors, including smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, texting while driving or unsafe sex. Many messages have shown the health danger graphically, such as with pictures of a car crash or diseased lungs on packages of cigarettes. Despite these efforts, health professionals have noted minimal improvements in young people’s decisions to engage in dangerous activities. View full article »