We Spend Double on Drugs

Per capita spending on prescription drugs in the U.S. hit $858 in 2013, more than twice as much as the average of $400 for 19 other industrialized countries.

Prescription medications now comprise about 17% of overall personal health care services in the U.S.

Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2016

 

Sex Effect on Seniors

Men ages 57 to 85 who engage in sexual activities once a week or more have twice the risk of cardiovascular conditions, including heart attack and stroke, compared with men in that age group who have less sexual activity, Michigan State University researchers found.

However, for women, active sex lives reduced their chances of developing high blood pressure, which lessened their risk of heart problems.

Source: Michigan State University, September 2016, http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2016/is-sex-in-later-years-good-for-your-health/

 

From the Soccer Field to the ED

78%: The increase in the number of soccer-related injuries among players younger than 19 and treated in hospital emergency departments in the U.S. between 1990 through 2014

111%: The increase in the yearly rate of injuries among youths 7 to 17 years of age.

The most common injuries:

Sprains or strains: 35%

Fractures: 23%

Soft tissue injuries: 22%

Concussions and other closed-head injuries accounted for slightly more than 7% of the injuries, but that represents a 1,596% increase over the 25-year study period.

Source: Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital study published in Pediatrics, Sept. 12, 2016

 

Old and Immobile in the Hospital

Elderly hospital patients spend more than 80% of their time in bed and, on average, walk or stand just 43 minutes a day. Lack of movement increases their risks for blood clots, pressure ulcers and confusion, as well as their chances of falling after they have been discharged.

Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, September 2009; Kaiser Health News, Aug. 16, 2016