Poor Blood Pressure Control
7 out of 10 Americans 65 and older have high blood pressure.
Nearly 50% of those individuals do not have their blood pressure under control.
5 million Medicare Part D enrollees 65 and older do not take their blood pressure medicine properly.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, September 2016
Sleepless with Cellphones
Comparing several recent studies, researchers found that 72% of children and 89% of adolescents have at least one electronic device such as a cellphone or tablet in their bedrooms and most are used near bedtime.
43% of them wake up at least once a night to respond to texts or messages.
Even those who don’t use their devices at night suffer from disturbed sleep because of the noise and light emitted.
Source: JAMA Pediatrics, Oct. 31, 2016
10,474: The increase in the number of women who enrolled in medical school in 2016 compared with that of 2015. It is the largest increase since 2006.
Source: Association of American Medical Colleges, Nov. 1, 2016
Pollution Kills Kids
Air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of around 600,000 children younger than 5 around the world every year.
Source: UNICEF, October 2016