The Health News USA July 11 2017


  • Medication errors are on the rise causing more serious health problems. Records show some errors were made by the patient taking over-the-counter drugs without a professional’s prescription.
  • US Birth and Fertility Rates declines and reaches a record low – puts US population below replacement level.
  • U.S. Senator Rand Paul has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to passing the Republican answer to the Affordable Care Act, adding another wrinkle in his complex relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 11th of July 2017. Read by Tabetha Moreto. Health News

Every minute of every day, three Americans call a poison control center because they’ve made a major mistake with their medication. Some have taken the wrong dose. Some have double-dosed, and others have taken the wrong medicine altogether.

The result: the rate of serious mix-ups has doubled since two thousand, a new study reports.

Four out of ten mistakes involve heart medications, painkillers or hormone therapy prescriptions, including insulin. And the errors often put patients in the hospital, the study found.

According to Doctor David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center  that ever more drugs for ever more diagnoses in ever more people invites ever more error and adverse reactions.

Nationwide, at least one point five million medication errors occur every year, with poison control centers logging them at a rate of one every twenty one seconds.

The study found medication errors outside a medical facility shot up across all age ranges except one: children under age six.

Most of the errors involved taking the wrong medicine, the wrong dosage or accidentally taking a medication twice.

Two-thirds of deaths in the study involved heart medicines and painkillers combined.

Heart medication mistakes accounted for more than a fifth of errors, while hormone therapy drugs such as insulin accounted for eleven percent. Painkillers were involved in twelve percent of poisonings, and roughly 80 percent of painkiller mistakes involved products with acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or an opioid drug.

In two thousand and sixteen, the fertility rate in the United States was the lowest it has ever been. There were sixty two births per one thousand women aged fifteen to forty four, down one percent from two thousand and fifteen. There were three million, nine hundred forty-one thousand, one hundred and nine babies born in two thousand and sixteen.

In an analysis issued by the National Center for Health Statistics, researchers report that birthrates declined to record lows in all groups under age thirty. Among women ages twenty to twenty four , the decline was four percent. For women twenty five to twenty nine, the rate fell two percent. The decrease in the birthrate among teenagers  was nine percent from two thousand and fifteen to two thousand and sixteen and continues a long-term decline: sixty seven percent since nineteen ninety one.

The present overall fertility rate puts the United States population below replacement level, but that does not mean the population is declining.

Fertility increased among older women. The birthrate for women ages thirty to thirty four rose by one percent over the two thousand and fifteen rate, and the rate for women ages thirty five to thirty nine went up by two percent, the highest rate in that age group since nineteen sixty two.

In two thousand and sixteen,  thirty one point nine percent of births were by cesarean section, compared with thirty two percent in two thousand and fifteen.

As Republican efforts to get rid of former President Barack Obama’s Healthcare law stall in the U.S. Senate, Kentucky’s two senators are traveling the state to talk about it.

They just aren’t talking to each other. U.S. Senator Rand Paul has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to passing the Republican answer to the Affordable Care Act, adding another wrinkle in his complex relationship with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

McConnell acknowledged for the first time publicly that the Republican health care bill might fail because of spirited opposition from a diverse group of GOP senators. Hours later, Paul reiterated his “no” vote while detailing a list of changes for reporters. He said President Donald Trump, who won one hundred and eighteen of Kentucky’s one and twenty counties, agrees with him.

Paul wants to remove those restrictions. He said that it would allow AARP’s thirty seven million members to buy health insurance as a group and it would give power back to small business owners who often have trouble finding insurance companies willing to sell to them. In Kentucky, fifty nine of the state’s one hundred and twenty counties have just one insurance carrier in the individual market.

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