Number to Know
100 million: About 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which can seriously interfere with their quality of life, according to the Institute of Medicine. The most common sources of chronic pain are headaches, back pain and arthritis pain in the joints, such as knees and hips.
Care provided by a pain specialist is effective because it is individualized to each person. Therefore, it’s important that pain medication be taken only by the person to whom it was prescribed. If you are prescribed pain medications from a skilled pain medicine specialist, be sure to safely store and dispose of prescription medicines once you are finished with them to ensure they are not accessible to anyone else.
MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” is helping to prevent teen pregnancies, according to a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The show led to a 5.7 percent reduction in teen births in the 18 months after its premiere on TV, accounting for about one-third of the overall decline in teen births in the United States during that period, according to news reports.
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