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“Digital Pills” Track Medications

“Digital Pills” Track Medications?

A new pill, released alongside popular psychiatric drug Abilify, has a sensor to track patient’s dosages. CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon Lapook joins CBSN to discuss the ethics of this new device.

 

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Antibiotics Apocalypse

Antibiotics
How do we Avoid the Antibiotics Apocalypse?

Every year, at least 700,000 people die from drug-resistant infections. It is why government scientists have described antibiotic resistance as one of the greatest global threats of the 21st Century.

So what are people doing to try to avert the so-called antibiotics apocalypse? Well, it turns out, quite a lot.

First, there are those who are trying to get us to take fewer antibiotics. That is because the more antibiotics we all take, the more resistant bacteria become.

Jason Doctor, a psychologist at the University of Southern California, has been carrying out experiments to see whether it is possible to get doctors to prescribe fewer pills.

He persuaded more than 200 doctors to sign a letter to their patients, making a commitment to prescribe antibiotics more judiciously. They blew it up into the size of a poster and put it on the walls of their health clinics. Read More

 

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