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A study published July 1 by JAMA Psychiatry, formerly Archives of General Psychiatry, suggests that too many children diagnosed with AD/HD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) were receiving strong antipsychotic medicines used to treat patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The study also stated, “Many are getting these drugs without any kind of diagnosis indicating they have a psychiatric disorder.” The NPR “Shots” blog found that the researchers involved in the study examined “prescription data from about 60 percent of the retail pharmacies in the United States in 2006, ’08 and ’10.” The data received for the research included almost 852,000 children, teenagers and young adults.
Sudden cardiac arrest is the No. 3 killer of Americans. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has demanded a national campaign begin to decrease sudden cardiac arrest. The IOM believes that lack of information and knowledge surrounding the condition is the reason it has taken the lives of so many Americans. Too little is known about sudden cardiac arrest, including the warning signs or what to do about it. The IOM report suggests that the CDC, “create a national registry of cardiac arrest and the National Institutes of Health should expand research for better treatments.”
According to the New York Times, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows a 1.3 percent decrease in the number of American adults that use tanning beds from 2010 to ’13. Also noted was a drop in the number of 18 to 29 year-olds using them from 11.3 percent in ’10 to 8.6 percent in ’13. USA Today pointed out that although “the number of men using tanning beds decreased overall, the frequency of men ages 40 to 49 using these tanning beds was 177 percent higher than that of men ages 18 to 29.”