Millennials not going to the doctor (apps don’t replace physicians)

  • A Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) survey and followup analysis by Kaiser Health News found that 26% of 1,200 respondents said they didn’t have a go-to primary care physician.
  • Nearly half (45%) of 18-to-29-year-olds said they didn’t have a primary care doctor.
  • Millennials tend to want to have access to care right away, they want it immediately and they want to be able to see a doctor quickly. 
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Forget drug prices this is the greatest threat to our healthcare

  • The average American is heavier than at the start of the 21st Century — and very close to being obese, according to Centers for Disease Control data on body metrics.
  • The average American man is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs 198 pounds; an average woman is 5-feet, 4-inches and 171 pounds.
  • The Obesity Society, a scientific research organization, this month classified obesity as a worldwide, non-communicable chronic disease.
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Lonely baby boomers represent a public health threat

  • Baby boomers are aging alone more than any generation in U.S. history, and the resulting loneliness is a looming public health threat. (Source: Wall Street Journal)
  • That amounts to about eight million people in the U.S. without close kin, the main source of companionship in old age, and their share of the population is projected to grow.
  • Researchers have found that loneliness takes a physical toll, and is as closely linked to early mortality as smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day or consuming more than six alcoholic drinks a day. Loneliness is even worse for longevity than being obese or physically inactive.
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