The Minnesota State Fair, Labor Day, and back to school is all upon us (insert excited, nervous laugh because the year is going by too fast). Summer is quickly coming to an end and already has for many students. Some might be lucky enough to have one last weekend of freedom. I never got to that drive-in movie, but I did make it to a Twins game and The Great Minnesota Get Together. Of course, I ate many goodies, but that’s what summer is all about, right?! Don’t fret about the endeavors ahead, instead, organize your life. I’m not just talking about planners and cleaning your room (although, they do help). I’m talking about organizing your mental and physical health, too.
Did you sing Katy Perry this week as the fireworks launched up into the sky? I’m guilty because I totally belched this song out at the top of my lungs and then went oooooohhh aaaaahhhhh as the firework burst into mesmerizing colors. What can I say? Science just fascinates me. Or did you miss some of the show because you were managing a chronic illness? As summer flies by, have you been spending more time managing your illness or doing the enjoyable things?
Remember when you were little, and you saw a fuzzy bumble bee and you just wanted to grab it?! It looked so cute and tiny. Eventually, you forgot that it would sting you because you were just so infatuated with how it buzzed around the pretty flowers. So, you do the only logical thing and you lunged after it. It of course stung your hand. No? Was I just the weird kid who tried grabbing things that could hurt me? In the end it didn’t really matter because I’m not allergic to anything …. That I know of.
It’s the first day of Summer and you’re cruising down an empty highway, windows down, throwback songs cranked up. Your dog is sticking his tongue out the window in the seat next to you. You’re headed for a weekend of hiking in the mountains. (Or woods, depending on where you live…there are definitely no mountains here in Minnesota). All your favorite snacks are packed in the trunk. Life couldn’t get any better. You’re so happy that it feels like nothing could ruin your mood. You’re just thinking about adventure and relaxation.
In 2015, 440,000 calls were made to the poison control center because children got into medication that they shouldn’t have. There are lots of measures that society has taken to ensure that children aren’t gaining access to medication. The most common one is the child proof covers. However, just because the pills are in a “secure” container doesn’t actually mean that they are safe. In fact, research states that in nearly 45-55% of the poison control cases involved child-resistant packaging. The child was able to figure their way into the container with a little extra effort.
It’s not a lie that majority of Americans are prescribed medications. In fact, a recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic shows that about 70% of the nation is taking prescription medication. However, 50% of those people are not taking their medication correctly. When an individual doesn’t take their medication as prescribed, it is known as medication nonadherence (MNA). The reasons for medication nonadherence vary, but today we are going to cover the three most common reasons.
According to CNBC medication errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, only falling behind heart disease and cancer. Seems a little absurd, doesn’t it? The third leading cause of death is due to something that is preventable. If that’s the case, then why is this such a dilemma in our nation?