Watch TV Drug Ads Change

No surprise drug companies do not want this new regulation, saying they prefer to list prices on their websites, The latest government figures show that the prices of the 10 most widely advertised drugs range from $488 to $16,938 per month supply or for a usual course of therapy. Not cheap, even for those with prescription coverage! You might be thinking there are not many folks on prescription meds. In 2015 to 2016, 45.8% of the US population had used prescription drugs within the past 30 days, according to a data brief just published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). No surprise, the most commonly used class of drugs included bronchodilators, central nervous system stimulants, antidepressants, and lipid-lowering drugs.



Drinking Arsenic-Contaminated Water

If your drinking water contains arsenic it can contribute to the left side of your heart muscle is thick and functioning less (left ventricular hypertrophy – LVH). Measured arsenic in the urine was significant a statistically significant number of individuals with LVH. This important association was noted by researchers evaluated 1,337 American Indians from the Strong Heart Family Study. This was a study was over a mean follow-up of 5.6 years.


Hepatitis A

Increased rates of hepatitis A infection had declined by 95% from 1996-2011. Perhaps cause Hepatitis A vaccine is a recommended vaccine for children. However, that is changing in the last 2 years with states experiencing an increase of over 500% in reported hepatitis A infections. This was found in homeless, MSM (men have sex with men) and those who eat food contaminated with hepatitis A virus. The states where this is especially noted is West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Arkansas, and Utah. Foster and colleagues noted that “there is no universal vaccination recommendation for adults in the U.S.”


Marijuana Effect on Men Genital System

recent international study showed a consistent and statistically significant decline in sperm quality (count and motility) over the past 40 years.  A second study summarized provided the first reported evidence of an association between marijuana use and development of benign prostatic hyperplasia/lower urinary tract symptoms (BPH/LUTS).