September 4, 2010
Prescription Drug Use Continues to Rise
Almost one-half of Americans used at least one prescription drug last month according to a study released by the National Center for Health Statistics. The following chart shows the increase in prescription drugs from 1999 to 2008.
Other key findings:
Over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44% to 48%. The use of two or more drugs increased from 25% to 31%. The use of five or more drugs increased from 6% to 11%.
In 2007-2008, 1 out of every 5 children and 9 out of 10 older Americans reported using at least one prescription drug in the past month.
Those who were without a regular place for health care, health insurance, or prescription drug benefit had less prescription drug use compared with those who had these benefits.
The most commonly used types of drugs included: asthma medicines for children, central nervous system stimulants for adolescents, antidepressants for middle-aged adults, and cholesterol lowering drugs for older Americans.
August 31, 2010
Garwin Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Medicine, Visiting Professor of Law
The Southern Illinois University School of Law is seeking nominations and applications for the Garwin Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and Medicine for the 2011-12 academic year. Established in 1996, the Garwin Professorship is funded in part by a grant from the Garwin Family Foundation which was established in 1993 for the purposes of fostering education and academic research. Support for the position includes a competitive salary, benefits, travel allowance, housing for one year, and a research assistant. The School of Law intends to consider the visitor to fill the Garwin Professorship on a permanent basis during the time of the visit.
With 35 faculty members and approximately 350 students, the Southern Illinois University School of Law enjoys one of the best student-faculty ratios of any law school in the country. The School, and its Center for Health Law and Policy (established in 2004), offer an outstanding health law program with a variety of courses as well as co-curricular and extra curricular activities. This includes a unique M.D./J.D. dual degree program offered in conjunction with the SIU School of Medicine. The School of Law also offers an LL.M. in Health Law and Policy, as well as a Masters of Legal Studies in Health Law and Policy. In conjunction with the American College of Legal Medicine, the School of Law participates in the publication of the Journal of Legal Medicine (since 1981) and Legal-Medical Perspectives (since 2000). The School also hosts each year (since 1992) the National Health Law Moot Court Competition, the only national competition focusing on health law issues. Since 1999, the School has also sponsored the annual SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute. Additionally, beginning in 2006, the School of Law has hosted each spring the John and Marsha Ryan Bioethicist in Residence.
Applicants must possess the Juris Doctor degree or its equivalent from a nationally accredited law school, be currently on the faculty of an accredited school of law or other graduate professional school, and have an outstanding national reputation as a health law/policy scholar and teacher. Factors to be considered in assessing candidates for the Garwin Visiting Professorship include the following: scholarly and teaching record, honors received (e.g. awards, fellowships, etc.), participation and leadership in national and international organizations, letters of recommendation and other factors relevant to assessing qualifications for this position.
To apply or nominate a candidate: Send a résumé that details your interest, qualifications and relevant experience or a letter of nomination to:
Professor W. Eugene Basanta, Chair
Garwin Professor Search Committee
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Carbondale, Illinois 62901-6804
Applications and nominations may be submitted on line at http://www.law.siu.edu/employment/. Deadline for application: October 15, 2010 or until position is filled.