May 24, 2013

Nearly One-Third of Women

1 Many US Adults Fail to Take Their Medicine

According to a survey of over 1,000 patients, forty percent of US adults who are on prescribed medication programs to treat chronic illnesses have stopped taking them or otherwise ignored their doctor's instructions at least once in the past year. More than 25 percent have stopped taking their meds altogether or never even started them. By age group, those practicing such "medication nonadherence" range from 56 percent among persons aged 18 to 34, to 16 percent among persons 65 or older. By gender, 32 percent of women and 20 percent of men report having either stopped taking their meds or never started. And 20 percent of women say they follow their pets' prescription directions more diligently than they do their own. Medication nonadherence is linked to 125,000 US deaths annually.

More at Kathrynroethel.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Non-Compliant Patients Undermine Medical Care

Tags: Medication Non Adherence, Non-Compliant Patients, Prescription Medication Attitudes, Patients Who Don't Take Their Medicine

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The Killing Season

2 Heat-Related Deaths in NYC Projected to Rise

Heat related deaths in NYC, due to a warming climate, are projected to rise 20% by the 2020s and to 90% or more by the 2080s say researchers at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the Mailman School of Public Health. In the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, researchers found that Manhattan’s average monthly temperatures increased by 3.6 degrees from 1901 to 2000, much more than global trends. Cities tend to concentrate heat and Manhattan has been setting heat records for the past few years. Researchers say that cities like NY could mitigate warming by looking for ways “to make themselves and their people more resilient to heat.” NYC is already a leader in cool down efforts, making rooftops reflective, opening cooling centers for its residents and planting trees.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: CDC Says Climate Change Is Health Threat

Tags: Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Deaths in New York City

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