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The influence of heritability and environmental factors has been identified for a large number of phenotypes

Study Explores Influence of Genetics, Environment in Disease

Genetic component for 40 percent of phenotypes studied; 25 percent have environmental risk factors
The difference in health spending between the United States and other countries is still explained by health care prices

Prices Still Explain High U.S. Health Care Spending

Health care prices explain difference in spending between United States and other countries
Secondhand exposure to electronic nicotine delivery systems aerosols may be related to asthma symptoms in youth

E-Cigarette Aerosol Exposure Tied to Asthma Symptoms

Findings seen among youth reporting asthma diagnosis, secondhand exposure to e-cigarette aerosols
The phenomenon of private equity acquisition of physician practices is discussed in an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Jan. 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Private Equity Acquisition of Physician Practices Discussed

Critics warn private equity firms might focus on increased profitability at expense of patient care
Many U.S. female health care workers

Many Female Health Care Workers Live in Poverty

Half of black and Latina female health care workers earn less than $15/hour
Depressive symptoms are prevalent among urban teens with asthma and are associated with worse outcomes

Depression Tied to Worse Asthma Outcomes in Urban Teens

More than a fourth with asthma reported depressive symptoms, greater symptom severity
The costs of oral and injectable brand-name drugs increased from 2008 to 2016

Increase in Brand-Name Drug Cost Mainly Due to Existing Drugs

Rising costs of oral, injectable generic and specialty drugs mostly driven by new product entry
Eliminating the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate penalty is unlikely to destabilize the individual market in California but could roll back coverage gains

ACA Coverage Gains Could Erode Without Individual Mandate

However, individual market in California not expected to destabilize because of mandate penalty
From 1997 through 2016

Medical Marketing Has Increased in Past 20 Years

Considerable increase seen from 1997 through 2016, especially in direct-to-consumer advertising
Nearly 11 percent of U.S. adults are estimated to be food-allergic

About 11 Percent of U.S. Adults Have Food Allergy

But nearly 20 percent think they are food-allergic; shellfish, milk, peanut are most common allergies