According to the American Pharmacists Association, there are about 173,000 practicing pharmacists in the U.S., or about one for every 1,734 Americans. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the country will have about 315,000 pharmacists by 2018.

Wearing ear-buds? Turn it down

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, regular exposure to sounds louder than 85 decibels can permanently impair hearing, often by damaging the inner ears tiny bones or microscopic, sound-conducting hair cells. Sounds over 85 decibels include:

  • Jet engines
  • Jack hammers
  • MP3 players with the volume at maximum
  • Gas-powered lawn mowers

If you can’t hear someone speaking three feet away, must raise your voice to be heard, or have pain or ringing in your ears after noise stops, you’re being exposed to potentially damaging noise. Wear ear protection or move away from the source.

Children and teens age 18 and younger should never take aspirin due to the risk of Reyes syndrome, a potentially deadly disease.

Q How much does it cost to develop a new drug?

A. On average, about $1.3 billion, according to estimates by the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD). Some pharmaceutical companies say they spend as much as $12 billion on the research and development, safety monitoring and three-phase clinical trials that go into getting all new medications to market. Despite that, according to a CSDD study, nearly 80 percent of new drugs never make it past the clinical trial stage.

19% According to the American Optometric Associations (AOA) annual
American Eye-Q survey, that’s the percentage of U.S. parents who took their infants for comprehensive vision assessments before the child’s first birthday something the association strongly recommends. The AOA estimates that one in 10 infants has a vision problem that could be detected (and potentially corrected) during an infant eye exam.