See That Warning Sticker? Seniors Don’t, Study Says

You know those colorful little warning stickers that the pharmacist slaps on prescription pill bottles? Actually, you might not.  A new study says that most older adults ignore them, while most younger people read them. Michigan State University researchers used eye-tracking technology as well as follow-up memory tests to see whether people paid attention to the pill container stickers that say things like, “Do not consume alcohol while taking this medication,” or “Take with food.” They found that while everyone …

Drug Check

Once upon a time, we trusted that our doctors knew our all of our medications, and how they interacted. But now, trooping off to the cardiologist one day, and the gastroenterologist the next, with a side of psychiatrist? And what happens if, say, you forget to mention all the drugs you’re taking to each doc, and even if you do, do they know how all the drugs you’re taking interact?

Weekend Checkup: Surprise Endings, Drug Mix-Ups, Neurologists and Parkinson’s

Go Ahead. Read The Last Page First.  Spoiler alert! Oh wait, there’s really no need for spoiler alerts. That’s because psychologists have found that it doesn’t ruin a good story to know how it ends. In a recent study, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, had people read multiple versions of 12 classic short stories.  Some versions had a separate summary of the ending at the beginning, others had the spoiler worked into the opening paragraphs, and a …