Mental helath affects smoking rates, cancer rates around the world and a new medicin sorting service for seniors.

New Research

A study has found the adults with mental illness have a smoking rate approximately 70 times higher than mentally healthy adults. The study, published by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA), found that 36 percent of adults with mental illness smoke, opposed to 21 percent of those without mental illness. Mentally ill smoking adults smoke an average of 20 more cigarettes a month than mentally healthy smokers, adding up to 240 extra cigarettes a year.


Number to Know

12.7 million: Each year, 12.7 million people around the world learn they have cancer, according to the CDC.

Senior Health

Numerous factors impact a senior's ability to live independently, such as health and memory problems, mobility issues, and care coordination concerns. Often overlooked is the fact that one quarter of all nursing home admissions are the result of poor medication adherence.

Almost half of seniors aged 65 and older take at least five prescription drugs regularly, and one in four take between 10 and 19 pills each day according to data compiled by Kelton Research. In addition, more than half of seniors admit to not taking their medications as directed, and the adherence rate decreases as the number of daily medications prescribed increases.

"For seniors, taking one pill a day is manageable, however the complexity of taking multiple medications each with its own set of instructions, represents a real challenge that impacts their health and independence," says Ian Salditch, CEO of Medicine-On-Time. "However, the difficulties associated with taking multiple medications can effectively be addressed through customized prescription packaging."

- Brandpoint

GateHouse News Service