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11/03/17

  10:23:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Diabetes, Preventive care

With Worksite Wellness, the News Is Good

Three recent news items that caught our eye... The percentage of undiagnosed cases of diabetes has dropped significantly in recent years. Better testing techniques now capture about 90% of all diabetes cases. Data from the National Health and… more »

10/20/17

  03:34:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 185 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Reporting, Cancer, Cost savings

Specialty Drug Projection: $25 Billion Annually

According to a recent Mercer survey (as reported by Reuters), over the next five years, between 40 to 50 new specialty drugs will be launched on the market each year. These could increase costs by $25 billion annually. (No, that’s not a typo… $25… more »

10/17/17

  04:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 377 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Preventive care

Here’s Your Sign: Breast Cancer Screening

What do 12.4%, 22% and 100% all have in common? Breast cancer. 12.4% of women born in the United States will develop breast cancer. That’s nearly 1 in 8 women who will find that the disease, in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the breasts… more »

04/18/17

  03:48:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 235 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Task Force, Doctors Weigh in on Screening Start Dates

Two cancer screening-related items recently made the news, both of which address the question of when (or if) such tests are appropriate: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has walked back from its 2012 position that most men should… more »

02/12/17

  11:32:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 273 words,  
Categories: Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Cancer Mortality Falls as Prevention Efforts Step Up

A new report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) shows encouraging trends on cancer survival ‒ a decline in death rates that coincides with a greater emphasis on preventive care through programs like MedBen WellLiving. Since the early 1990's,… more »

10/07/16

  04:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 214 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Colon Cancer: What's Your Gut Telling You?

Colonoscopies are critical to the early detection and treatment of colon cancer, but they're not the only thing that can help you spot the disease. You also have to pay attention to signals from your digestive system, researchers warn. "The old saying… more »

09/02/16

  04:46:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 209 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Heart, Research

MedBen WellLiving Helps Detect Chronic Diseases Earlier

Heart disease and cancer rank as the number one and two causes of death in the United States, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The two diseases are trending in opposite directions ‒ but in both cases,… more »

08/28/16

  11:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 228 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research, Preventive care

Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Dropping, but Concerns Remain

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation against routine screenings of prostate cancer has resulted in fewer diagnoses for the disease, new research finds. But the question remains as to whether more men will ultimately develop… more »

08/09/16

  10:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 234 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives, Cancer, Cost savings, Heart, Research, Diabetes

Physical Inactivity in U.S. Running up a Hefty Price Tag

Sitting on the sofa all day may be relaxing, but it's costing our country a lot of money. According to Benefits Pro, a new study finds that physical inactivity costs the U.S. $27.8 billion annually, an amount researchers label a conservative estimate.… more »

06/20/16

  11:02:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Health Panel Reiterates Need for Colon Cancer Screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently reiterated its recommendation that adults age 50 and over receive regular colon cancer screenings until at least age 75, but did not specify a preferred screening method. MedBen WellLiving promotes… more »

05/24/16

  11:06:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 269 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Primary Prevention Push Helps Reduce Cancer Risk

It's no secret that cancer risk is closely linked to lifestyle choices. But the possibility that nearly half of cancer-related deaths may be due to bad habits is still a sobering thought, and a strong argument for encouraging healthier behavior in the… more »

04/15/16

  10:07:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 216 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Health Plan Management, Cancer, Cost savings

MedBen Rx Spending Continues to Defy National Trend

U.S. drug spending witnessed another sharp jump in 2015... but MedBen drug spending came in at just one-third of the national trend. The Wall Street Journal reports that total spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. rose 12.2% to nearly $425 billion… more »

02/10/16

  05:25:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 208 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Research

Urologists More Likely than Primary Care Doctors to Recommend PSA Testing

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing has declined as a standard wellness screening in recent years... but the likelihood of a recommendation depends largely on whether your doctor is a primary or specialty care provider. In 2011, the U.S.… more »

01/21/16

  06:13:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 335 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Hospitals

End-of-Life Care More Costly in U.S., but Hospital Stays Lower

A new study of end-of-life practices in the United States and other industrialized nations suggests that while American doctors are more aggressive in their treatment of terminally ill cancer patients, most patients do spend their final days in places… more »

01/20/16

  03:53:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 285 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer

Raising Awareness for Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month and we did not want to miss this opportunity to remind women ages 21 and older how important it is to get a Pap test every three years, in addition to other wellness exams and screenings. It is estimated that… more »

01/14/16

  08:56:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 575 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management, Cancer

Task Force Raises Recommended Mammography Age; MedBen Continues with Current Recommendations

There’s a good deal of disagreement in the medical community of late about the proper age for women to start getting mammograms… but MedBen remains committed to long-established guidelines. On January 11, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force… more »

12/30/15

  04:21:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 300 words,  
Categories: Prescription, Wellness, Cancer

Wellness, Not Drugs, Best Strategy for Cancer Prevention

Not that you really need another reason to preach the importance of timely cancer screenings and preventive care in general, but here's one anyway, via The New York Times: "Most people would agree that it would be better to prevent cancer, if we could,… more »

10/08/15

  05:04:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 210 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription, Cancer

Cancer Doctors Less Inclined To Prescribe High-cost, Low-effect Drugs

Oncologists are becoming increasingly resistant about prescribing expensive last-resort cancer drugs that provide little or no benefits, Reuters reports. In interviews, top cancer specialists say at least a half-dozen drugs, including colon cancer… more »

06/18/15

  04:00:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 250 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Cost savings

Smoking Numbers Down, But Smoking-related Cancer Deaths Still High

Regardless of how much U.S. smoking rates have dropped in the last few years, one fact remains constant: Smokers still make up a disproportionate number of adults who die from cancer. According to Kaiser Health News, a study by the American Cancer… more »

12/10/14

  05:51:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 334 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Cancer, Cost savings

U.S. Health Trends Troubling... But There's A Cure

Two recent studies form a troubling picture of our nation's collective health: The United Health Foundation's annual analysis of the USA's health revealed that the obesity rate increased from 27.6% to 29.4% of adults in 2013. Nearly a quarter of… more »

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