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Morning Medical Update: ADHD drug misuse; 5G Cleveland hospital; Why do men avoid going to the doctor?


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ADHD drug misuse

Nearly 1 in 4 students misuse ADHD drugs in high school or middle school according to a new study. The study also found that misuse was most common in schools that had higher rates of prescribed medicine. This increase comes as the rates for adolescent anxiety and depression go up, which means it’s likely these students are self-medicating. Long-term effects of misuse include cardiovascular problems such as increased heart rate and blood pressure.

5G Cleveland hospital

With the help of Verizon Business, the Cleveland Clinic is building a new hospital completely embedded with 5G in Mentor, Ohio. The new building, the Cleveland Clinic Mentor Hospital, is the first of its kind. It is expected to open in July. “This collaboration supports our long-term vision for a fully digital hospital infrastructure,” Matthew Kull, Cleveland Clinic's chief information officer said in a press release. “If we can provide 5G high bandwidth to our facilities, we can become more efficient, and enhance the overall experience for our caregivers and patients.”

Why do men avoid going to the doctor?

In a 2019 Cleveland Clinic survey, 40% of men responded that they struggle to stay healthy, but more than half refuse to go to the doctor. In fact, 72% of men questioned said they would rather do household chores than go to the doctor. Yes, that even means cleaning the toilet. “Men may consider it macho to ignore symptoms or problems they may be experiencing,” Dr. Peter Bajic from the Cleveland Clinic said in news release. In the most recent version of the survey, things have improved. A reported 66% of men said they have utilized virtual care in the past year.

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