US just approved a digital pill that knows whether or not you took it

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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.

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More babies born addicted to prescription painkillers

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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.

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Drug-Resistant Flesh-Eating Germs More Common with Superbugs

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Necrotizing Fasciitis illustration (trust us, you don’t want to see actual photos…)

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…

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Medical Technology is ‘Changing the Face of Healthcare’

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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.

 

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