States With The Highest Rates of Drug Use

According to the CDC, 40,393 people died of drug-induced causes in 2010—this means there’s a drug-induced death in the U.S. every 13 minutes.

BetterDoctor crunched the numbers to identify the states  where illicit drugs pose greater risks for people, and where legal addictive substances are used the most to help raise awareness about National Prevention Week 2015 – an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues taking place this May 17-23. BetterDoctor advocates leading a healthy lifestyle and limiting the use of narcotics–preventative care is they key to keeping your body healthy and your medical bills low. (more…)

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Cities Where Big Pharma Pays Doctors The Most

What does your doctor get from the drugs he prescribes you? Is it a lunch once a year, or is it millions of dollars in payment for speaking engagements and trips to London?

More than half a million doctors received money totaling over $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies between August and December 2013.  These payments include monetary gifts, trips and hotel fees, consulting fees, speaking fees, food and beverages, tickets to concerts and sporting events, royalties and more. (more…)

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How Has The Affordable Care Act Impacted Americans?

A Congresswoman recently asked for Obamacare stories on her Facebook page.  Although she asked for horror stories, she received something very different–stories from consumers who have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA revamped our healthcare system in several ways, including:

  • Establishing an individual mandate, which requires Americans to purchase a health insurance policy and expands funds for low-income Americans
  • Requiring businesses to provide health insurance to their employees
  • Allowing people to remain on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26
  • Requiring more comprehensive coverage from health insurance companies, including preventative treatments
  • Banning insurance companies from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions or raising rates once a patient becomes ill
  • Banning gender discrimination in pricing

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Bicycle Index: Most Bike-Friendly Cities

Cycling is a cardio workout, but it’s easier on your joints than running.  It’s a low-cost way to exercise that requires few special skills or equipment. Cycling is accessible for those who don’t have the money or time to devote to fitness.  And studies show that bike commuters report lower stress levels than those who commute by car or public transit.

Leading an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to engage in preventative care and make sure you see the doctor less.  BetterDoctor crunched the numbers to determine which cities are the best and safest for bikers.

We used the following factors to determine how bike-friendly a city is: (more…)

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Top Oral Health Tips From Dentists

According to the American Dental Association, 28% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have untreated tooth decay.  Bacteria from your mouth can travel through the bloodstream to cause inflammation and infection in the rest of the body, and studies have tied poor oral health to cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity and other conditions.

Why should you value your oral health, and what steps should you take to be healthier? BetterDoctor got advice from the experts: dentists themselves.

Why is oral health important?

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7 Steps to Picking the Best Pediatrician

Choosing a pediatrician can be a daunting task for parents. This doctor will likely be involved in their child’s life for 18 years. BetterDoctor has created a 7-variable, data-driven algorithm to determine doctor quality based on factors like medical school quality, referrals from other doctors and years of experience. While this is a good starting point, there are other factors that determine whether a pediatrician is a good fit for your family.

We put together a list of tips to choosing the best pediatrician from those who know best: doctors themselves. (more…)

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Fit Cities Index: Most Active and Most Sedentary Cities

Studies show that physical inactivity can lead to an increased risk of cancers, insulin resistance, heart problems and cognitive decline. Where you live can be a large factor in determining how sedentary your lifestyle is as well as your exercise options.

According to Dr. Jeffrey Hallam of the University of Mississippi Center for Health Behavior Research, “In Portland, Oregon, many people bicycle or walk everywhere, and there is a social expectation that others should bike or walk,” he said. “But in Mississippi, that expectation to be physically active isn’t as strong.” (more…)

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