KTH Flashback: Harder Than Doing Your Taxes? Hardly!

Originally posted May 30, 2012 There are some stunning statistics in the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s latest Food & Health Survey, released last week. Here’s one mind-blower: Nine out of ten Americans describe their health as good or better, a significant increase from previous years. The majority (60%) report that their health is …

Stat!: Why Supplement?

Percent of American adults who use dietary supplements to “improve” their overall health: 45 Percent who take them to “maintain” their health: 33 Supplements most commonly taken: multivitamin-mineral, calcium, omega-3/fish oil Percent who take specific supplements on the recommendation of a physician or other health professional: 23 If you’re thinking about supplementing beyond the basics …

Stat!: Drug Problem? What Drug Problem?

Average number of prescription drugs filled for American youth: 4.1     Druggiest place in the US for kids: Iowa (7.1)      Least druggy: Alaska (2.3) Average number of prescription drugs filled for adults: 11.9     Druggiest place in the US for adults: Kentucky (19.8)      Least druggy: District of Columbia (7.7) Average number of prescription drugs filled for seniors: 28      Druggiest …

NOT Thinking Differently

Of course, all those drugs cost a lot of money for consumers, while generating mega-profits for Big Pharma. They’re one reason why “health care” costs so much – and perhaps one reason why our lives are shorter than many of those who spend less. Between the cost of treatment and the tough economy, dependence on …

Harder Than Doing Your Taxes? Hardly!

There are some stunning statistics in the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s latest Food & Health Survey, released last week. Here’s one mind-blower: Nine out of ten Americans describe their health as good or better, a significant increase from previous years. The majority (60%) report that their health is either excellent or very good, …

Stat!: How’s That New Disclosure Policy Working for You, DSM-V Task Force?

Via Wikipedia The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association provides a common language and standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders. It is used in the United States and in varying degrees around the world, by clinicians, researchers, psychiatric drug regulation agencies, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical …

Pill Life, with Artifacts

Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the windowexcept that the birds might eat them. – Martin H. Fischer Or artists might use them in their work: We ran across these recently while browsing Flickr – images from a large artwork depicting “the life histories of a man and woman, illustrated by the …

Stat!: Are Americans Getting Healthier?

Annual health care spending in the US: $2 trillion Annual cost of treating chronic illness in the US: $1.5 trillion Yes. Really. And nearly half of us have at least one chronic health condition, including Chronic pain – 116 million adults Arthritis – 50 million Type 2 diabetes – 25.6 million “Cancer survivorship” – 12 …

Stat!: Your Tax Dollars at Work – Subsidizing Junk Food

Federal subsidies to makers of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soy oils from 1995 to 2010: $16.9 billion Number of Twinkies that money would buy each American tax-payer: 19 per year   Federal subsidies to apple growers through the same period: $262 million Number of apples that money would buy each …

Stat!: Why Drug Deaths Keep Rising

Number of Americans killed in traffic accidents in 2009: 36,284 Number who died from drugs: 37,485 Frequency of drug-related deaths: 1 every 14 minutes   And which drugs are driving this increase? (Hint: It’s not stuff stuff like crank, crack or smack.) Most are popular prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs, many of which have become …