Health & Fitness

Flu hangs on in US, fading in some areas and intensifying in others

The flu virus is hanging on in the U.S., intensifying in some areas of the country after weeks of an apparent national decline. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released Friday showed a continued national drop in flu hospitalizations, but other indicators were up — including the number of states with high or very high levels for respiratory illnesses.

CMS Releases Proposed Payment Updates for 2025 Medicare Advantage and Part D Programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2025 Advance Notice for the Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Programs that would update payment policies for these programs.

Mental Health Care During the COVID-19 Era Remains Inaccessible to Many Distressed U.S. Adults

U.S. adults experienced considerable psychological distress and adverse mental health effects as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

The Health Divide: The lack of transparency on hospital prices disproportionally affects Black patients

How much do you pay for gas? How much is your electric bill? What about cable? Those numbers popped into your head right away, right? Now, about your last hospital bill? How much did you pay for the Band-Aid they used after they drew your blood? Did you know how much your last breast biopsy or hip replacement was going to cost you out-of-pocket before your procedure? Chances are you didn’t.

Asthma Rates Climb for High School Students as Cannabis Use Increases

Asthma is more common among high school students who use cannabis, relative to those who do not and the prevalence of asthma increases with the frequency of its use among the students, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York. The findings are published in the journal Pediatric Pulmonology(link is external and opens in a new window).