March 2018

Here's a recap of recent blog posts and other news.

Life expectancy in North America and Europe is falling for the first time since the nineteenth century. In the absence of any other explanation, the most likely reason has to be polypharmacy. More than five meds per day increases hospitalizations and shortens life spans. An increasing volume of evidence shows that deprescribing leads to fewer hospitalizations and increases life expectancy

This makes TaperMD not only timely, but life-saving.

In case you missed it, please have a look at our recent TaperMD project, which supports doctors in helping their older adult patients reduce their medication burden and improve their quality of life.
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Do you think you or someone you love are on too many meds? Did you know that reducing your medication burden may be the single best thing you can do to improve your quality of life? Adverse drug events are now a leading cause of hospitalization, disability, and death, all at great human and financial cost. [...]...»

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