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60 percent: Obese children and teenagers have been found to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and abnormal glucose tolerance. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, almost 60 percent of overweight children had at least one CVD risk factor while 25 percent of overweight children had two or more CVD risk factors.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
About 125,000 deaths per year in the United States can be attributed to medication non-adherence, according to the National Pharmaceutical Council. Data suggests that roughly half of the 2 billion prescriptions filled each year in America are not taken correctly. For particularly vulnerable Americans, such as the elderly and those suffering from multiple chronic conditions, adherence rates are even worse.
The dangers of Toxoplasma oocysts, which are found in cat poop, recently were published in the journal “Trends in Parasitology,” according to a CNN news report. New studies show that individuals with disorders such as schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, rheumatoid arthritis or brain tumors are more likely to have Toxoplasma gondii antibodies than other people. The parasite can affect memory and other cognitive function in people who are not otherwise ill.
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