Study finds more than half of US population receives prescription annually and estimates ‘inappropriate’ prescriptions in doctor’s office setting at up to 30%

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Deaths from anti-anxiety drugs are on the rise too

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After the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos last week, drug-resistant infection remains high on the international agenda. Earlier this month, The Wellcome Trust posted an explainer giving a broad overview of the scale of the problem. In this post, Wellcome Trust director Dr Jeremy Farrar discusses the urgent need to act on drug-resistant infection, first published on the World Economic Forum blog

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There’s a prescription drug abuse problem sweeping the United States, but fixing it will require a systematic change focused on how most health professionals prescribe drugs, rather than changing the practices of a few bad apples

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A study published Tuesday by researchers at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that 59 percent of adults used a prescription drug in a 30-day period. That’s up from just 50 percent when the survey was last conducted a decade earlier

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It’s rare to bring homicide charges against a physician

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When the Womb Is a Crime Scene

September 23, 2015

Alabama has turned hundreds of pregnant women into felons for using drugs — even when they’re legal and the kids turn out fine

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It’s our own fault. In the U.S., Japan, Korea and elsewhere, we use antibiotics too much. We use them to treat coughs and colds — for which they’re ineffective. We’ve used them in animal feed in an attempt to prevent disease and to fatten cows and chickens. And the more we use antibiotics, the greater the likelihood that clever bacteria will evolve in ways that resist the attack of antibiotics

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