Modern medicine can completely change someone’s life for the better, but only if they’re actually taking their prescriptions like they’re supposed to. Ensuring that a patient is actually taking their meds has, up to now, relied on the word of the patient, but the honor system is about to go the way of the dodo thanks to a new “digital pill” technology that can actually track whether or not you’re sticking to the doctor’s orders.
Every hour a baby is born in the United States with symptoms of withdrawal from opiates.
During the last decade the U.S. has seen a sharp increase in the number of pregnant women addicted to opiate drugs and the number of babies born experiencing withdrawal symptoms as the fastest growing abuse of prescription drugs has hit hospital maternity wards across the country.
“Patients need to be asked ‘can you afford your medications?’
A significant portion of people – perhaps as many as one in five – don’t take drugs a doctor has prescribed because they can’t pay for them, according to a new survey of people visiting an emergency room.
Sandy Wilson woke up after giving birth to her son to find that she was the victim of a flesh-eating bacteria. Over the course of five years, it ate away her skin, spleen, gall bladder, appendix, part of her stomach and ultimately, all of her intestines. The condition appears out of nowhere and used to be fairly rare, caused by a single type of strep bacteria. But now, drug-resistant superbugs like MRSA can make “flesh-eating” toxins that attack diabetics, obese people, cancer patients and others with weak immune systems…people who make up a growing portion of the American population…
The abused prescription drugs include pain pills and ADD drugs.
A new report shows one in five high school students have taken a prescription drug that they didn’t get from a doctor. The abused drugs include pain pills and attention deficit drugs used as study aids.
Rate of MRI and CT/PET scans ordered or provided have tripled from 1996 to 2007
A boom in medical technology over the past decade or two has led to a surge in certain medical tests and increased prescription drug use, say authors of a report that provides a snapshot of Americans’ health today.Imaging, assisted reproductive technologies, prescription drugs and knee replacements have all seen a dramatic rise since the early ’90s, says Amy Bernstein, the report’s lead author, a health scientist for the National Center for Health Statistics. The center, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released the 33rd annual Report on the Nation’s Health Wednesday. It includes a special section on health technology.
Approx 23% of the population shares their prescription drugs
In one-on-one interviews with 700 Americans, roughly 23 percent reported loaning their prescription medications to someone else, and 27 percent reported borrowing prescription medications.