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Health of America study finds increase in pregnancy, childbirth complications

The number of women experiencing pregnancy and childbirth complications has increased, according to a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Health of America study. The study examined 1.8 million pregnancies between 2014 to 2018 among commercially-insured women ages 18 to 44. Key findings include a 16.4% increase in pregnancy complications and a 14.2% increase in childbirth

By |2020-07-24T12:58:14-05:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Health of America study finds increase in pregnancy, childbirth complications

Take charge of your health: 3 proactive suggestions for men

The numbers underscore the need for Men’s Health Month and the spotlight it shines on preventable health problems and the importance of early detection all June long. According to the nonprofit Men’s Health Network: “On average, men die five years younger than women, and die at higher rates from nine of the Top 10 causes

By |2020-06-15T10:44:47-05:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Take charge of your health: 3 proactive suggestions for men

Health of America study examines benefits of regular exercise

Eat right and exercise regularly. While most U.S. adults have probably heard these simple instructions for maintaining good health, four out of five do not meet recommended physical activity levels, which can impact their physical and mental well-being, according to a new Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) Health of America study. Conducting the

By |2020-05-27T11:23:59-05:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Health of America study examines benefits of regular exercise

Fewer MS cases diagnosed in Nebraska

Nebraskans are experiencing fewer diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) than the national average according to a new Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America study. MS cases between 2015 and 2018 in the state were fairly flat with 2.8 claimants per 1,000 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members. “We don’t

By |2019-10-08T14:09:22-05:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Our Take|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Fewer MS cases diagnosed in Nebraska

4 tips to celebrate summer and the great outdoors safely

Ah, summer. Nothing beats enjoying a long, hot day in the great outdoors. Swimming, hiking, camping – however you choose to celebrate the warmer months, stay safe and have fun all season long by utilizing the following safety tips. 1. Don’t catch rays. Dodge them Lounging poolside under the sweltering sun sounds like the start

By |2019-06-12T09:46:43-05:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on 4 tips to celebrate summer and the great outdoors safely

Tan no sign of health

Do you believe a tan makes a person look healthy? You are not alone. A recent Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Health of America study found 53 percent of millennials believe getting a tan is a sign of health. It’s a misconception that can have serious consequences. “I just didn’t do anything to prevent bad

By |2019-08-07T10:12:44-05:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Health and Wellness|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Tan no sign of health

Millennial health declines at age 27 – Health of America study

A new Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America study reveals 10.4 million millennials aren’t as healthy as they think. The study found that on average, millennial health begins to decline at 27 years old. A millennial is someone born between 1981 and 1996. “The fact that they are seeing increased chronic conditions

By |2019-04-24T11:12:16-05:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Millennial health declines at age 27 – Health of America study

ADHD diagnosis up in Nebraska as awareness grows

According to findings from a new Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Health of America report, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) diagnoses grew 39 percent between 2010 to 2017 among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members’ children. In Omaha, the percentage of increase was 37 percent. “There has been a slight uptick

By |2019-03-28T08:32:48-05:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ADHD diagnosis up in Nebraska as awareness grows

Younger Nebraskans receiving knee and hip surgery at stable costs

Younger Nebraskans are now getting knee and hip replacements, but the cost for these procedures remains stable, according to the latest Health of America study from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Planned or elective inpatient orthopedic surgeries for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) members cost $97 million in 2017 and

By |2019-01-23T08:31:07-06:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Younger Nebraskans receiving knee and hip surgery at stable costs

Brand name and specialty drug prices continue to rise

Nebraskans are paying more for brand name and specialty drugs along with the rest of the nation, according to the latest Health of America study from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Last year in Nebraska, usage of inexpensive generic drugs increased to 85 percent of total prescriptions filled, yet they made up just

By |2018-11-15T08:25:37-06:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Brand name and specialty drug prices continue to rise