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Retail prescription drug prices in the United States fell by 1 percent last year

Retail Prescription Drug Prices Fall for First Time in 45 Years

Decrease due to drops in generic drug prices and slow growth in the cost of brand-name medications
Levels of possible cancer-causing chemicals in metformin diabetes medications are under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

FDA Testing Levels of Carcinogen in Diabetes Drug Metformin

No metformin recalls affect U.S. market at the moment
In 2017

Rural Population Underrepresented Among Medical Students

Number of rural medical students would need to quadruple to meet share of rural residents in U.S. population
Men and women experience obstructive sleep apnea during REM sleep at similar rates

Obstructive Sleep Apnea May Be Underdiagnosed in Women

About six in 10 women experience obstructive sleep apnea during dream sleep, similar to men
Overall

6.5 Percent of Adults Report Prescription Opioid Analgesic Use

Percentage using prescription opioid analgesic increased with age; use up for women versus men
Permanent hair dye use is associated with an increased risk for breast cancer

Permanent Hair Dye Use Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk

Significantly increased risk seen in black women; risk also increased with application of dye to others
Children of mothers with diabetes have increased rates of early-onset cardiovascular disease

Early-Onset CVD Rate Up for Children of Moms With Diabetes

Rates of early-onset CVD higher for offspring of mothers with history of CVD, diabetes complications
Federal health officials are currently investigating a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli infection linked to romaine lettuce thought to be grown in Salinas

More Than 100 E. Coli Illnesses Now Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Twenty-three states have now reported cases, up from 19 last week; no deaths reported so far
Postpartum opioid prescription rates vary widely among hospitals

Postpartum Opioid Prescription Rates Vary Widely by Hospital

However, providers within the same hospital tend to follow similar prescription patterns
Physicians showing depressive symptoms are at higher risk for medical errors

Physician Depressive Symptoms Tied to Higher Risk for Medical Errors

Bidirectional association seen between depressive symptoms and medical errors