Opinion / Commentary

Opinion / Commentary

Here's how much it costs taxpayers every time someone buys a pack of cigarettes

March 23, 2015

When you’re in the tobacco business, controversy is all part of the game. And it’s been rough sledding for the industry recently.

First came the Institute of Medicine report pushing to increase the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21. Today, a group of public health experts writing in the...

International Students Stream Into U.S. Colleges

March 24, 2015

There are 1.13 million foreign students in the U.S., the vast majority in college-degree programs, according to a report to be released Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security. That represents a 14% increase over last year, nearly 50% more than in 2010 and 85% more than in 2005. Cash-...

Ann Arbor schools adopts later high school start times for fall 2015

March 26, 2015

One Ann Arbor high school will start 15 minutes later next fall, while two others will adjust their starting times by 5 minutes.

The change in the start time is from 7:40 a.m. at Huron and Pioneer high schools and 7:30 a.m. at Skyline High School to 7:45 a.m. at all three traditional high...

Blue Cross incentives save $50M in health care costs

April 6, 2015

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan program that rewards hospitals for keeping patients healthier lowered health care costs by $50 million in 2013, according to the state’s largest health insurer.

Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Health Care Research and Transformation...

Cast Your Vote, It's Good For Mental Health

April 10, 2015

A vote for the candidate you have been rooting for may also be a vote for your good health, physicians say.

“Politics and politicking have their health benefits. You become more engaged in your community, especially if the candidates have held town hall meetings. As a community, you bond...

Is There an App to Solve App Overload?

April 14, 2015

The WellDoc BlueStar app is part of an exploding medical app market, with an estimated 660 million downloads of health-related apps in 2013 alone, according to a report by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics in Parsippany, New Jersey. Advocates of the mobile health, or mHealth, movement...