Global life expectancy increases; Americans think nurses are honest, ethical;

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> Doctors continue to prescribe benzodiazepines--a widely used class of sedative and anti-anxiety medications--at a higher rate to older patients, despite previously published research that cautions providers about the dangers associated with giving the drugs to older adults, according to the National Institutes of Health. Study

> Global life expectancy has increased three years since 1990, rising from 65 years to 71 years on average, due in part to the reduced number of deaths from communicable diseases, according to a new analysis of the 2013 Global Burden of Disease Study published in The Lancet. Analysis

> Americans still think nurses have the highest honesty and ethical standards compared to professionals in other fields, while doctors also scored high approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll. Poll

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