Socioeconomic Disparity and Inequality Even Extend to Breathing

From Healthcare Triage. Individuals with higher socioeconomic status may enjoy a longer life, but we haven’t precisely pinned down all the reasons why. Disparities in lung function may help explain the lifespan gap between the poorest and richest Americans, and in today’s episode we cover a recent study on that proposed association. Related HCT episodes:…

Does CBD Improve Mental Health?

From Healthcare Triage. CBD is so hot right now. The compound is being added to everything from gummies to lattes, attached to claims about how it can improve health in any number of ways. But what do we really know about the validity of those claims? And what are we actually getting in consumer CBD…

Covid Vaccine Month of Action

From Healthcare Triage. The Biden administration has announced a new a goal when it comes to Covid-19 vaccinations in the US: It aims for at least 70% of Americans to receive at least one dose by July 4th. The current administration has announced a plan and lots of companies are pitching in to help incentivize…

Buprenorphine Regulations and Better Treatment of Addiction

From Healthcare Triage. We face a lot of obstacles on the road to ending the opioid crisis, and one of them revolves around access to evidence-based addiction treatments. The X-waiver, a waiver physicians must obtain to prescribe the partial opioid agonist Buprenorphine, is one of them. New regulations have eased the requirements for this waiver,…

Patterns from a Year of Covid Data

From Healthcare Triage. Now that we’ve been dealing with Covid-19 for over a year, we have a lot of information to help us understand the kinds of patterns that have emerged. While no one has been left untouched, some communities and groups bore a larger brunt of the impact. Related HCT episodes: Life After Vaccination:…

New CDC Mask Guidance for Vaccinated People

From Healthcare Triage. Lots of people are vaccinated against Covid-19 now and wondering what that means for their daily lives. While many activities are back on the table and things are much better than they were, some precautions are still warranted as we try to decrease cases and increase vaccination numbers. We talk about all…

The Proposed FDA Ban on Menthol Cigarettes

From Healthcare Triage. Though likely to face many legal challenges, the FDA recently issued a ban on menthol flavoring in traditional cigarettes and cigars. So why the specific ban on menthol? There are lots of reasons ranging from how it may alter the smoking experience to how it affects certain groups. Related HCT episodes: Vaccine…

Vaccine Development, Covid-19, and MRNA

From Healthcare Triage. In this last episode of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, we cover vaccine development – particularly in the context of the current global pandemic. We discuss the timeline of Covid-19 vaccine development and the mRNA vaccine approach. Related HCT episodes: Vaccines In-depth…

Incidents and Criticisms: Vaccine Backlash Part 2

From Healthcare Triage. Part five of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, continues to explore the history of societal backlash against vaccination, with particular attention to vaccine-adjacent incidents and misinformation. Related HCT episodes: Vaccine Backlash Part 1: https://youtu.be/MTQnzttPHMA Vaccines In-depth Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkfBg8ML-gImWWzdv3zO1_5wCRReliEQt Be sure to check…

The History of Vaccine Backlash Part 1

From Healthcare Triage. Part four of our six-part series on vaccinations, supported by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. It turns out, people have been resistant to the idea of vaccines pretty much since vaccines were invented. This video explores the history of anti-vaccine sentiments, vaccine legislation, and societal backlash. Related HCT episodes:…