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News You Can Use: Racial Disparities, Pill-Splitting Perils

Broad Racial Disparities Seen in Americans’ Ills

  • Deaths from overdoses of prescription drugs now outnumber deaths from illegal drugs
  • Alaska Natives and American Indians are twice as likely to die in car crashes as other groups

These are just a few of the findings from a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This report is the first in a periodic series examining health disparities in the United States. The New York Times summarizes some of the report’s findings.

Pill-Splitting Potentially Perilous, Study Suggests

After being asked by nurses in nursing homes about the best method for splitting tablets, researchers in Belgium decided to study how split pill fragments deviated from recommended dosages. An article from HealthDay news takes a look at this study.