Expanding Medicaid means chronic health problems get found and health improves, study finds

Nearly one in three low-income people who enrolled in Michigan’s expanded Medicaid program discovered they had a chronic illness that had never been diagnosed before, according to a new study. And whether it was a newly found condition or one they’d known about before, half of Medicaid expansion enrollees with Continue Reading

Study highlights need to improve health care access in Vancouver, Portland and Seattle

UBC researchers have developed a data science method that analyzes how easily citizens can access hospitals and walk-in health clinics—and it’s a tool that could eventually help city planners and policymakers build smarter, more equitable cities. The researchers wrote data algorithms for three of the largest cities in the Pacific Continue Reading

Microbes are a key marker of vaginal health during menopause

Certain species of bacteria are actually necessary to maintain vaginal health. The menopause transition, however, often upsets the natural balance of bacteria by decreasing the proportion of healthy bacteria and increasing vaginal pH. This can result in urogenital infections and other vaginal health problems. The importance of vaginal bacterial colonization Continue Reading