North Carolina Health News – Expert: Insurance Pain Coming for NC Businesses, Workers
Employees can expect to see more high-deductible health policies as employers try to control costs, a health researcher and former journalist told members of the Charlotte Chamber Friday.
Fellow panelist Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, agreed that this wasn’t a smart business decision: “Business people know the first principle of business is not to leave one dime on the table.”
Benjamin, a physician and former Maryland health secretary, told the chamber crowd that federal Medicaid money could have been used to improve mental health services, a need described earlier in the session by John Santopietro of Carolinas HealthCare System. “The beauty of Medicaid is it is run by the states,” Benjamin said. “They can do this. The governors can be creative.”

The Pump Handle – New study finds link between mass job losses and teen suicide behaviors
Previous research has documented a link between downturns in the economy and suicide among adults. But how do those downturns ripple throughout families and communities, and in particular, how do massive job losses affect the mental health of teens? A new study has found that, sadly, many teens are not immune to the stress of a struggling economy.
Published online last week in the American Journal of Public Health, researchers found that increases in statewide job losses are associated with heightened suicide-related behaviors among adolescent girls and black teens.

The Washington Post – 21 of America’s biggest cities average fewer than seven hours of sleep a night
Americans might run on sleep, but those living in the country’s largest cities don’t appear to run on much.
Jawbone, the maker of the popular fitness tracker by the same name, crunched data for tens of thousands of its users in over twenty of the United State’s largest cities (and several thousand users in more than twenty of the largest cities around the world).

Los Angeles Times – Simple measures made hospital patients 70% more likely to quit smoking
A free supply of nicotine replacement medication and a handful of automated phone calls made smokers who wanted to quit much more likely to succeed, according to results of a clinical trial published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
The researchers who designed the trial said they were looking for a simple and inexpensive way to aid smokers who were already motivated to kick the habit. They estimated that once their 90-day program was set up, it could be maintained at a cost of less than $1,000 per quitter.