Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Preventive Measures Could Save 100,000 Lives Each Year

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Preventive Measures Could Save 100,000 Lives Each Year

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Increasing the use of aspirin, influenza immunizations, and a few other preventive measures would save more than 100,000 lives annually in the United States, a new study shows.

Aspirin proved to be the biggest lifesaver. Researchers found that an additional 45,000 lives could be saved each year if the percentage of adults who took aspirin daily to prevent heart disease was increased to 90%. As of 2005, about 40% of men aged 40 and older and women aged 50 and older reported daily aspirin use.

Counseling on smoking cessation would also have a significant impact. An additional 42,000 lives could be saved each year if 90% of smokers were advised to quit by their physician or health care provider and offered medication or other assistance. Screening and early detection of disease is also a potential lifesaver for thousands of Americans, the study found.

The Partnership for Prevention, HealthPartners Research Foundation, and the National Commission on Prevention Priorities conducted the research. The effort was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson and WellPoint foundations.

Among the 12 preventive services analyzed in the report, 7 are received by about 50% or less of the individuals who need them. …

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