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How Should You Get Rid Of Pills You Don't Use?

MOST OF OUR MEDICINE cabinets are filled with prescription medications — some benign, some fairly toxic, some quite expensive. Bottles typically state how to properly store these drugs. But they don't specify how to safely dispose of unused or outdated pills.
 So what's a patient to do with those orange bottles filled with leftover meds? One expert, Karen Bastianelli, associate professor of pharmacy at the University of Minnesota College of

More patients survive sudden cardiac arrest with new EMS technique

A new study showed that a change in the type of breathing tube paramedics use to resuscitate patients with sudden cardiac arrest can significantly improve the odds of survival and save thousands of lives. More than 90 percent of Americans who experience sudden cardiac arrest die before, or soon after, reaching a hospital.

Survey: Cancer Patients Will Pay Anything for Treatment

by Mike Bassett

As costs for cancer therapy routinely reach into seven figures, and patients demand access to investigational medicines knowing they'll have to pay out of pocket, results of a new survey will surprise no one.

When 300 cancer patients were asked what sacrifices they would make to obtain treatment, many said they would sell their homes and declare bankruptcy if necessary.

In fact, these patients were willing to make such sacrifices even though three-quarters of survey participants had stage IV disease.