June 18, 2018

Weekly review: What's your risk for a heart attack? This new calculator may provide a better answer than ever before.

Daily Briefing

    What's your risk for a heart attack? This new calculator may provide a better answer than ever before. (Monday, June 11)
    Nearly 12 million U.S. adults may need to reconsider taking medications intended to help them avoid heart attack or stroke, STAT News reports—and Advisory Board's Megan Tooley says the change shows how older research did not "adequately account for diversity of race or gender, nor for sociodemographic risk factors."

    A brutal attack sent him to an in-network ED. So how did he end up with a $7,924 bill? (Tuesday, June 12)
    When Scott Kohan woke up in a Texas ED with a broken jaw and head injury after a violent attack, one of the first things he did was go to his insurer's website and make sure the hospital was in-network—it was, but that didn't prevent him from receiving a surprise $7,924 bill from an out-of-network doctor, Sarah Kliff reports for Vox.

    Map: How physician pay stacks up in your state (Wednesday, June 13)
    New Hampshire has the highest average annual salary for physicians and surgeons at $275,050, while Nebraska has the lowest, averaging $167,230 a year, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    The 'hotspots' where kids go unvaccinated, mapped (Thursday, June 14)
    A new study shows "an overall upward trend of enrolling kindergarteners with non-medical exemptions" for vaccines from 2009 to 2014 in 12 of the 18 states that allow for such exemptions.

    Fewer than 10% of Americans receive these 15 evidence-backed preventive treatments (Friday, June 15)
    Few U.S. adults ages 35 and older receive all of the preventive care recommended for them, according to recent study published in HealthAffairs.

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