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Web Site Educates Seniors on Prescription Drugs

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The NIHSeniorHealth Web site (http://nihseniorhealth.gov) provides seniors with information about the safe use of medicines, including how medicines act in the body, how to take medication safely, and research on new medicines.

Studies have shown that individuals 65 years and older take more prescription and OTC drugs than any other age group in the United States. Seniors tend to have more chronic illnesses, such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

"Many older Americans owe their health in part to new and improved medicines. But using them may be riskier for older adults, especially when several medicines are used at one time," said Jeremy M. Berg, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which developed the Web site's information about the safe use of medicines.