Health Headlines: Walgreens Starts Diagnosing and Treating Patients
Plus: Dementia care costs will double by 2040; Male pattern baldness linked to heart disease; marathon running hamburgers; and more health news.
Walgreens will start¬†diagnosing and treating patients for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and high cholesterol today. What makes this different than the walk-in¬†clinics¬†at CVS and Walmart is that those clinics manage conditions but don’t usually¬†diagnose.¬†With¬†the new massive Walgreens set to open in Downtown Crossing this fall, this is good¬†news. Shampoo, paper towels, and a diabetes test, please. [Kaiser Health News]
Dementia care costs will double by 2040, according to a new study¬†published¬†this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. The¬†costs and the number of people with dementia will more than double within 30 years. The study says that¬†nearly 15 percent of people aged 71 or older, which is about 3.8 million people, have dementia. By 2040, that number will almost triple to 9.1 million people. [New York Times]
Male pattern baldness is linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, but only if it‚Äôs on the top/crown of the head, rather than at the front, according to a new study in the online¬†journal, BMJ Open.¬†Men with both frontal and crown-top baldness were 69 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease than those with a full head of hair. Men that just had crown-top baldness were 52 percent more likely to do so. [WBUR]
U.S. adults on Medicaid are twice more likely to be depressed and have¬†asthma,¬†according¬†to new¬†research¬†from Gallup.¬†More than three in 10 adults on Medicaid are obese, and 36 percent smoke. Medicaid recipients also struggle disproportionately with diabetes. [Gallup]
Six Northeastern students will run the marathon dressed as¬†hamburgers. Why? For a charity sponsored by the B.Good restaurant chain. You can’t make this¬†stuff¬†up. H/T to Universal Hub. ¬†[The Huntington News]
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