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One half of patients in the US stop taking their medications within one year of being prescribed. Poor medication adherence is linked with poor clinical outcomes. Affordability, a lack of understanding of the importance of medications, and unpleasant side effects are some examples patients cite for not taking their medication as directed. Watch our next CDC Public Health Grand Rounds live on Facebook, Tuesday, February 21, at 1:00 pm ET. http://bit.ly/2kqb3FL
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People with chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and HIV can enjoy a good quality of life when they routinely take their medicine. Medications save lives for countless Americans. Join us for the next session of CDC Public Health Grand Rounds on Facebook live, February 21, at 1:00 pm ET. http://bit.ly/2kqb3FL
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Medications save lives for countless Americans. People with chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and HIV can enjoy a good quality of life when they routinely take their medicine. Poor medication adherence is linked with poor clinical outcomes. While these facts may seem obvious, a staggering one half of patients in the US stop taking their medications within one year of being prescribed.

The reasons for "medication non-adherence" are varied. Affordability, a lack of understanding of the importance of the medications, and unpleasant side effects are some examples patients cite for not taking their medication as directed. Beyond increased mortality, the result costs the United States billions of dollars a year. Hospital admission rates increase for non-adherent patients with chronic illness by up to 69 percent.

Join our speakers as they discuss research, interventions, education, and emerging tools and technologies that may help overcome these barriers to medication non-adherence.

Presented By:

Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri
Associate Director, Meta-Analysis Research Center
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2013-2016)

P. Michael Ho, MD, PhD
Staff Cardiologist, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Larry Garber, MD
Medical Director, Informatics
Associate Medical Director for Research, Reliant Medical Group

CAPT Paul J. Weidle, PharmD, MPH
Team Lead, Health Services Research for Prevention with HIV Positive Persons
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Watch the webcast live on CDC’s Facebook page on Tuesday, February 21, at 1:00pm ET. If you are unable to attend, send your questions to grandrounds@cdc.gov.

For more information on CDC Public Health Grand Rounds, visit http://1.usa.gov/1rzB4JL

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Noise exposure away from the job can damage hearing just as much as working in a noisy place. Being around too much loud noise causes permanent hearing loss. People can have hearing loss before noticing there's a problem. It's important for healthcare providers to ask about hearing and screen those at risk. Learn more in the latest Vital Signs report. http://bit.ly/2jjiwRI
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Want to see how the latest outbreaks and food recalls affect you and your family? Download the redesigned CDC app, available for Apple http://apple.co/2hM68KC and Android SmartPhones http://bit.ly/2i726f9.
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“We are learning more about Zika virus every day,” says CDC responder Amy Gargis. As a leader of the Zika laboratory team, Gargis made significant updates to CDC’s Zika testing guidance in close collaboration with other Emergency Operations Center (EOC) task forces and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more about her work in the field: http://bit.ly/2kctRow.
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“Everything was new to me because it was my very first response,” says CDC responder Amy Gargis. It was the first time Gargis had taken part in an emergency response, and, as a leader of the Zika laboratory team in the middle of making significant updates to CDC’s Zika testing guidance, the pressure was on. Read more about her work on the Zika response. http://bit.ly/2kctRow
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Women’s biological differences may influence susceptibility to substance abuse, which could have implications for prevention and treatment. CDC’s Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Mishka Terplan with Virginia Commonwealth University discuss the challenges and complications of opioid use by women in new Beyond the Data video. http://bit.ly/2jOpfVD

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Most deaths from drug overdoses are related to the misuse of prescription opioids and heroin. The number of overdose deaths from opioids among women has increased significantly. If you missed last week’s CDC Public Health Grand Rounds on opioid use disorder in women watch the video and earn free continuing education. http://bit.ly/2j6NBIb 

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Communication is a critical part of any response. When CDC responder Ibad Khan (center in photo) arrived in Puerto Rico, he found that, after experiencing other mosquito-borne diseases, many people did not take Zika seriously and believed it was better to have a Zika outbreak than a dengue or chikungunya epidemic. “That misunderstanding is a gap that effective communication can fix,” said Khan. Read more about his work in Puerto Rico. http://bit.ly/CDCResponder-IK 
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