KEY DATA: While millennials continue to complain about the high cost of healthcare they don’t seem to do enough to lower their risk of poor health. Healthier eating could save the United States more than $50 billion a year in health care costs associated with heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and related illnesses, according to a new study.

SUMMARY:  Democrats on Thursday passed sweeping legislation to lower prescription drug prices but the bill will not pass the Senate due to excessive lobbying by PhRMA which has bought politicians. Medicare should be able to negotiate drug prices with drug companies the argument that it will lead to a decline in innovation is bullshit.

SUMMARY: Via Consumer Reports “How much a consumer pays for meds is also driven in part by drug supply system middlemen whose wheeling and dealing with drugmakers contributes to rising drug costs, according to multiple government reports and industry experts. Shrinking insurance coverage is another part of the problem, with greater numbers of Americans paying a larger share or even the full price of their medication.

SUMMARY: Prescription drugs in the United States rank as the most expensive by a long shot, a report published this week has found, with the average cost of medications in the US exceeding the global median price by some 300 percent. Between 2012 and 2016 alone, the price of insulin nearly doubled, forcing many Americans to search for other routes to access it. But a trip to the hospital can force you into bankruptcy.

SUMMARY: Actual and perceived social isolation are both associated with increased risk for early mortality. Across studies, social isolation odds increased the likelihood of mortality, respectively.  Among 18 to 25-year-olds, one in three (35%) reported feeling lonely three or more times a week. We also found that higher levels of loneliness increase a young adult’s risk of developing depression by 12% and social anxiety by 10%.