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A number of participants in the N.C. Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) do not continue after the first year. Reasons for discontinuing assistance include mothers with low education levels and income, and low birthweight babies.
Between 2000 and 2007, the unintentional overdose death rate in North Carolina more than doubled. Many of the deaths were caused by opioid analgesic use and methadone. To gain a better understanding of unintentional overdoses, this study examined medical and prescription drug paid claims among the North Carolina Medicaid population.
In recent decades, North Carolina has experienced teen pregnancy rates higher than the national average. This study examined differences in the level of reported sexual activity, parental communication, and knowledge and attitudes about birth control and sexuality among selected groups of middle and high school students.
Health disparities for many diseases are large and longstanding in North Carolina and the nation. This study examined medical care costs for diabetes associated with health disparities among adults enrolled in Medicaid in North Carolina during state fiscal year 2007-2008. The impacts of racial and economic health disparities on medical care costs were also compared.
Obesity is recognized as a serious public health epidemic and a significant underlying cause of morbidity and mortality. This study examined medical care expenditure and utilization patterns in a sample of adolescents in North Carolina enrolled in Medicaid. Results show negative health consequences of overweight as early as adolescence.
Children with serious and complicated medical conditions often require intensive medical treatment and have very high medical care costs. This study examined the total number of children in North Carolina of pre-school age who are medically fragile and profiled their medical care costs.