August 6, 2014

Rates Highest in Deep South

1 Prescription Drugs Kill 46 in US Each Day

The CDC has released a new report on the rate of prescription painkiller usage in the U.S. that includes some noteworthy statistics. As of 2012, doctors were writing nearly 260 million prescriptions per year for narcotic or opioid painkillers such as Vicodin or Oxycontin, or roughly one bottle of pills for every adult American. On average, 46 Americans die due to an overdose of prescription drugs each day. The states with the highest painkiller prescription rates are concentrated in the South and Appalachia; Hawaii, California and New England have the lowest rates. Alabama's rate, 143 prescriptions for every 100 residents, is the highest, and nearly three times that of Hawaii's rate of just 52. Per capita, Americans consumes twice the prescription painkillers as Canadians do.

More at Cdc.gov | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Legal Drugs Abused at Same Rate As Illegal Drugs

Tags: Drug Overdoses, Prescription Drugs, Prescription Painkillers, Deaths from Prescription Drugs, Rates of Prescription Drug Use

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If Taken Long-Term

2 An Aspirin a Day May Keep Cancer Away

Taking 75 to 80 mg of aspirin a day, for the long-term, significantly lowers the risk of certain cancers finds a new study from Queen Mary University, London. Researchers found that, if taken for 10 years, bowel cancer cases decreased by 35% while cases of esophageal and stomach cancers decreased by 30%. "At year five, the benefits dramatically outweigh the risk, and it continues on where the benefits grow and grow," said Dr. David Agus who explained that the anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin are key to “reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease over time.” Women should start taking aspirin later in life than men, found researchers but everyone should talk to their doctor before starting daily aspirin therapy because “it is not for everybody,” as there may be risks involved.

More at Cbsnews.com | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Aspirin May Help Beat Breast Cancer

Tags: Aspirin, Cancer, Dr. David Agus, Daily Aspirin Therapy, Aspirin and Cancer, Queen Mary University

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When It's Ok to Go Nuts

3 Pistachios Help Body Respond to Stress

Pistachios can lower the body's stress response when eaten by those with type 2 diabetes, say researchers at Penn State. Published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the new study found that two servings of pistachios each day lowered vascular constriction experienced during stress. Servings were a total of around 3 ounces, or 20 percent of daily calories. Researchers noted that those on the pistachio diet had more relaxed blood vessels during stress tests. The nuts also improved the neural control of the heart. In addition, the study revealed that average systolic blood pressure during sleep was reduced by about four points. Researchers say that since people with diabetes have a higher risk of heart disease, nuts are an important part of their diet.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 3 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Daily Serving of Pistachios Good for Heart Health

Tags: Journal of the American Heart Association, Pistachio Nuts, Health Benefits Pistachios, Type 2 Diabetes Diet, High Risk of Heart Disease, How Many Nuts Eat

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