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Prescriptions on the Rise
If you ever wonder why that line at your local pharmacy is always out the door, here's a small clue.
Seems the use of polypharmacy, which means administering three or more drugs to the same patient, has shot up dramatically, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
When the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, reviewed the number of prescriptions written for psychiatry patients, researchers found:
Between 1974 and 1979, only about 3 percent of patients had at least three drugs prescribed.
From 1980 to 1984, the number rose to slightly more than 9 percent.
Between 1985 and 1989, almost 35 percent of discharge patients were given three or more drugs.
And between 1990 and 1995, the number rose to almost 44 percent.
Pun of the day March 30, 2003
He had only a skeleton crew, and made no bones about it.
This day in music On March 30
1999 It is announced that anti-American feeling over the bombing of Yugoslavia has prompted rock group KISS to cancel three concert dates in Russia.
1969 No. 1 Billboard hit: ``Dizzy,'' Tommy Roe. The song is Roe's biggest hit. It remains at No. 1 for four weeks and sells 6 million records.
1968 Quebecois chanteuse Celine Dion is born in Charlemagne, Canada. The singer has nine best-selling French albums under her belt before she records "Unison" in 1990.
1967 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Happy Together,'' The Turtles. The group is called the Crossfires before signing with Liberty Records.
1967 The cover of the Beatles' ``Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' album is staged and photographed at Chelsea Manor Studios in London using collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud's famous museum. The actual cover is a painting of that photograph. Among the likenesses featured on the cover are Mae West, Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Bob Dylan, Tony Curtis, Marlon Brando, Oscar Wilde, Marlene Dietrich and W.C. Fields.
1963 Rapper M.C. Hammer (Stanley Kirk Burrell) is born in Oakland, Calif. He is a batboy for the Oakland A's in the 1970s. His 1990 debut album, ``Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em,'' tops Billboard's pop album chart for 21 weeks and sells more than 10 million copies. He drops the M.C. on his 1991 release, ``Too Legit to Quit.''
1948 Jim Dandy Mangrum of Black Oak Arkansas is born in Black Oak, Ark.
1945 Eric Clapton is born in Ripley, England. He performs in the bands Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos. His biggest solo hit is the 1974 No. 1 song ``I Shot the Sheriff.'' He is the big winner at the 35th annual Grammy Awards, earning six awards at the Feb. 24, 1993, ceremonies.
Today's birthdays People born on March 30
Donna D’Errico (1968): Former Playboy Playmate turned actress who played the role of Donna Marco on the television series "Baywatch" from 1996-1998. Since leaving the show, she has starred in the TV movie Men in White, and in the horror film Candyman: Day of the Dead. D’Errico is married to Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.
Ian Ziering (1964): Best known for playing the role of Steve Sanders on the television series "Beverly Hills, 90210." His first acting job was in the 1981 feature film, Endless Love. From 1986-1988, he played Cameron Stewart on the daytime soap opera "The Guiding Light." Ian has also done voice over work for the animated TV shows "The Mighty Ducks" and "Godzilla: The Series."
Paul Reiser (1957): Actor who is well known for being the creator and star of the popular TV sitcom "Mad About You," which aired from 1992-1999. Paul’s acting debut was back in 1981, in the film Diner. He then went on to star in the movies Odd Jobs, Beverly Hills Cop (I and II), Aliens and Cross My Heart. From 1987-1990, he played the role of Michael Taylor on the television series, "My Two Dads." Additional feature films for Reiser include Crazy People, The Marrying Man, Bye Bye, Love and The Story of Us.
Warren Beatty (1937): Actor/writer/director who made his acting debut in 1959 playing Milton Armitage on the television series, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis." In 1967, he starred as Clyde Barrow in the feature film, Bonnie and Clyde, a role which earned him an Oscar nomination for "Best Actor." In 1981, he took home the Oscar for "Best Director" of the movie Reds, a film he also wrote, produced and starred in. Other popular films for Beatty include Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Dick Tracy, Bulworth and Bugsy.
McGeorge Bundy (1919): United States educator and public official who from 1959-61 was the youngest Dean of the Arts and Sciences faculty at Harvard. From 1961-66, Bundy was special national security adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and supervisor of the National Security Council. A major voice in foreign policy, he supported the Bay of Pigs Invasion and played a prominent role in the military involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War.
This day in history On March 30
1814 The allied European nations against Napoleon marched into Paris.
1822 Florida became a U.S. territory.
1867 The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million dollars.
1870 The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, was passed by the U.S. Congress.
1908 Home rule for Ireland passed in the British House of Commons. The bill was rejected January 30, 1912 by British lords.
1909 The Queensboro bridge in New York opened, linking Manhattan and Queens. It was the first double decker bridge.
1909 In Oklahoma, Seminole Indians revolted against meager pay for government jobs.
1916 Pancho Villa killed 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a solo flight across the Atlantic.
1950 U.S. President Truman denounced Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
1972 The British government assumed direct rule over Northern Ireland.
1981 U.S. President Ronald Reagan was shot and wounded in Washington, DC, by John W. Hinckley Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady were also wounded.
1984 The U.S. ended its participation in the multinational peace force in Lebanon.
1987 Vincent Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" was bought for $39.85 million.
Daily trivia March 30, 2003
Question: Who discovered the elements Potassium, Magnesium and Sodium?
Answer: Humphrey Davy
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Stop searching forever - happiness is just next to you.
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Beauty Tip of the day
Get glowing skin and an even skin tone by applying foundation to any blotchy areas and brushing on a shimmery face powder just above the apples of your cheeks.