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Lung cancer workshop is free

The American Lung Association will sponsor a free workshop for people affected by lung cancer from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the American Lung Association in New Mexico, 5911 Jefferson NE.

Dr. Michael Binder, medical director of the Cancer Program at Presbyterian, will offer the workshop. To register, call 265-0732.

Find out about hormone balance

Dominic Stape, a doctor of oriental medicine, will offer a free workshop called “Balancing Hormones Naturally” at 10 a.m. Saturday at Natural Life Wellness Center, 1012 Eubank NE. For reservations, call 298-4325.

Auto-call shown to help patients

A simple automated telephone call may be enough to convince people to take their medicine, a study by Kaiser Permanente finds.

As part of the study, an automated telephone call was made to patients on cholesterol-reducing drugs who hadn’t picked up their medicine two weeks after it was prescribed. A letter was sent a week later if patients still hadn’t filled their prescriptions.

The outreach resulted in a 16 percent decrease in people who did not get their prescriptions filled after 25 days, the study found.

The researchers said more needs to be done to increase secondary drug adherence, or getting people to refill their prescriptions.

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