World Health Day Infographic

World Health Day Cost Comparison

We hope you all had a healthy World Health Day yesterday. In honor of the holiday, we decided to take a look at international spending differences of health care. Did you know the cost of health care in the U.S. is substantially higher than in other OECD countries – two and a half times, exactly. Check out Vitals' World Health Day Infographic ... Read More...

The Cost of Health Care: A Country-by-Country Comparison

Average Life Expectancy by spending_OECD

We’ve all heard that the U.S. spends a great deal on health care. It only takes a glance at the statistics comparing costs for health care in America to other countries to realize the madness in the numbers. The US spends 2.5 times the international average on health care costs, yet our outcomes are no better than in other countries.  Much of ... Read More...

Q&A if you haven’t signed up for health insurance yet

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With the new Affordable Care Act in place, 2014 is the first year many Americans will have to either get health insurance or face a tax penalty. This is all so new and there is a lot of misinformation out there. Here are the answers to some common questions about the Affordable Care Act. Q: What is the deadline to sign up for insurance under ... Read More...

Vitals Finds We’re Waiting Longer For Doctor Appointments in Major Cities

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Everyone is busy these days, so a long wait at the doctor’s office can be frustrating.  In fact, 10 percent of people said it would be enough reason to find a new doctor. Yet, accessing care in America’s largest cities is getting tougher. Look at our infographic for more trends the annual State of Wait report from Vitals revealed. Read the ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Should I get the HPV vaccine?

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Q. Should I get the HPV vaccine since I am already 26-years-old? Will I be exposed to the virus if I take the vaccine? What are my risks? A. It’s great that you asked this question now. This is the last year that you would be eligible for the human papilloma virus vaccine! The CDC recommends that all women age 26 years and under receive ... Read More...

What’s the right way to weigh yourself?

right way to weigh yourself

Oh, that anxiety-ridden moment when the nurse asks you to step up on the scale. Perhaps this upsets me so much because (unlike my home scale) I know the doctor’s office scale is going to be accurate. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even get to take your shoes off. For some people, weighing themselves is a big motivating factor for losing ... Read More...

6 Grandma Approved Natural Health Remedies

natural health remedies

Grandma’s remedies have stuck around for generations, mainly, because they work. She always believed in using simple, natural ingredients that made you feel better. Many of them can be found in your kitchen cabinet, and, in fact, one remedy is at the tip of your tongue. (Did you know that placing your tongue on the roof of your mouth cures brain ... Read More...

Turning Point: How a Start Up Grows Up

start up, entrepreneurship, digital health

People generally don’t think about health care when they’re healthy. I’m guilty of that, too. It took a basketball injury for me to realize how broken our current system has become. I tore my Achilles tendon and scheduled an operation to have it repaired. As I was getting wheeled into the operating room, the surgeon made small ... Read More...

Ask the doctor: Could I have a thyroid problem?

thyroid problem

Q. I've been having a difficult time losing weight. I hear hypothyroidism is on the rise. Should I get tested? A. You are on the right track when you consider this question. While it is predicted that 59 million people in the U.S. suffer from a thyroid problem, most of them are not yet aware of it!  When there is a family history for a ... Read More...