Military health care utilization by teens and young adults

Abstract OBJECTIVES: Adolescents and young adults are frequently uninsured (9.0% and 26.4%). Under the Affordable Care Act, the impact of insuring this population on health care utilization is unclear. We examined insurance records from >3.5 million non-pregnancy-related primary care visits in the Military Health System to describe health care utilization patterns among 467,099 non-active duty…

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Energy Drinks: What Teenagers (and Their Doctors) Should Know

EDUCATIONAL GAP Hundreds of different energy drinks are available and are marketed to adolescents, carrying the potential for substance abuse that involves caffeine and alcohol. Clinicians must be educated to deal with their patients’ use of these products. OBJECTIVES After reading this article, readers should be able to: Understand the size and scope of the…

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Multidisciplinary Intervention With Sibutramine: Assessing Successful Weight Loss Predictors in Military Adolescent Dependents

MAJ Jorge L. Cabrera, MC USA*; Edward G. Wilks, PsyD, LMFT†; Jenna E. Symons, PsyD†; Maj Kwabena L. Blankson, USAF MC‡; MAJ Renee E. Cole, MC USA§ ABSTRACT Objectives: Assess body mass index (BMI) reduction through a multidisciplinary intervention with sibutramine in adolescents of military parents and examine characteristics and behavioral traits as predictors of…

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Environmental Enrichment Reduces Neuronal Intranuclear Inclusion Load But Has No Effect on Messenger RNA Expression in a Mouse Model of Huntington Disease

ABSTRACT Huntington disease (HD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease with no effective treatment. In the R6/1 mouse model of HD, environmental enrichment delays the neurologic phenotype onset and prevents cere- bral volume loss by unknown molecular mechanisms. We examined the effects of environmental enrichment on well-characterized neuro- pathological parameters in a mouse model of HD.…

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