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Medicine implants drastically reduce stroke complications
Implanting tiny rods containing a calcium-channel blocker in brain vessels prevented vasospasm, a complication that can occur after surgical repair of a brain hemorrhage, according to a report in today's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2002-04-04)

In utero exposure to antidepressants may influence autism risk
A new study from researchers at Drexel University adds evidence that using common antidepressant medications during pregnancy may contribute to a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders in children, although this risk is still very small. (2014-06-03)

Starting smoking cessation medication earlier may make it easier to quit
Smokers planning to kick the habit may have more success if they begin using a cessation medication several weeks before they actually try to quit. Those are the results of a clinical trial conducted by researchers at the University at Buffalo Roswell Park Cancer Institute and other institutions published recently in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. (2012-01-05)

Calcium linked to increased risk of heart disease and death in patients with kidney disease
Kidney patients who take calcium supplements to lower their phosphorous levels may be at a 22 percent higher risk of death than those who take other non-calcium based treatments, according to a new study by Women's College Hospital's Dr. Sophie Jamal. (2013-07-19)

New study helps determine which older adults might need help taking medications
Men were 1.5 to 2 times as likely as women to need help. The odds of needing help were 3 to 5 times greater among people with memory challenges. (2016-06-22)

No difference between over-the-counter and prescription drug in relieving seasonal allergies
A small study indicates that there was no difference between an over-the-counter decongestant (pseudoephedrine) and a prescription medication (montelukast) in relieving symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis and improving quality of life, according to a study in the February issue of Archives of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2006-02-20)

Treatment of mental illness lowers arrest rates, saves money
Research from North Carolina State University, the Research Triangle Institute and the University of South Florida shows that outpatient treatment of mental illness significantly reduces arrest rates for people with mental health problems and saves taxpayers money. (2013-06-10)

Flaws in the barcoded technology used to reduce medication administration errors identified
In the first study of its kind, researchers led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Ross Koppel, Ph.D., studied how hospital nurses actually use bar-coded technology that matches the right patient with the right dose of the right medication. The surprising result is that the design and implementation of the technology, which is often relied upon as a (2008-07-01)

Study finds fibromyalgia prohibits sufferers from breast-feeding
New mothers with fibromyalgia (FM) face multiple barriers to breast-feeding their babies, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. (2004-09-20)

Non-IV-administered medication just as effective in stopping seizures
When seizures strike, the most immediate goal for caregivers is to get appropriate medication to the patient as quickly as possible to stop the seizing activity. In a paper published in the June Academic Emergency Medicine, UC Emergency Medicine Assistant Professor Jason McMullan, M.D., found that the best means of stopping status epilepticus may be with the least direct medication. (2010-06-07)

Printed meds could reinvent pharmacies, drug research
A technology that can print pure, ultra-precise doses of drugs onto a wide variety of surfaces could one day enable on-site printing of custom-dosed medications at pharmacies, hospitals and other locations. (2017-09-27)

Little evidence common antidepressant is effective in autism spectrum disorders
A new study has found there is little evidence that a widely used antidepressant is effective at reducing obsessive compulsive behaviors in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. (2019-10-22)

Awakening after a sleeping pill
A patient who could not move and talk spontaneously for eight years started to do so again after being administered a sleeping pill. The spectacular but temporary effect was visualized with brain scans, giving researchers from Radboud university medical center and Amsterdam UMC a better understanding of this disorder's underlying neurophysiological processes. The article has been published in Cortex. (2020-10-02)

ASHP publishes reports exploring pharmacy's role in future of healthcare delivery
ASHP today announced the publication of two landmark reports that articulate a futuristic vision for pharmacy practice, including expanded roles for the pharmacy enterprise in healthcare organizations. The 2021 ASHP/ASHP Foundation Pharmacy Forecast Report and the Vizient Pharmacy Network High-Value Pharmacy Enterprise (HVPE) framework, published in AJHP, outline opportunities for pharmacy leaders to advance patient-centered care, population health, and the overall well-being of their organizations (2021-02-16)

Nearly 30 percent of women fail to pick up new prescriptions for osteoporosis, study finds
Nearly 30 percent of women failed to pick up their bisphosphonate prescriptions, a medication that is most commonly used to treat osteoporosis and similar bone diseases, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published this week in the journal Osteoporosis International. The failure to pick up these newly prescribed medications, called primary nonadherence, can lead to an increased risk of fractures for these patients. (2013-04-18)

Only half of patients take their medications as prescribed
Here is what we know: If people take medications prescribed to them, they usually get better. But only about half of all patients prescribed medication take it according to directions. Here is what we don't know: We don't know how to get patients to take their medications, despite many studies looking at the issue. (2014-11-21)

People with a disability more likely to be obese, have chronic illnesses
Adults with a disability are more likely to be obese or extremely obese than those without a disability according to a study led by researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health, which is part of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. (2013-06-26)

Predicting who will have chronic pain
Abnormalities in the structure of the brain predispose people to develop chronic pain after a lower back injury, according to new research. The findings could lead to changes in the way physicians treat patients' pain by treating it aggressively with medication early on to prevent the pain from becoming chronic. Most scientists have assumed chronic back pain stems from the injury site. (2013-09-17)

Study examines acetaminophen use in pregnancy, child behavioral problems
Children of women who used the pain reliever acetaminophen (paracetamol) during pregnancy appear to be at higher risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-like behavioral problems and hyperkinetic disorders. (2014-02-24)

Pharmacists' workload contributes to errors
High workloads for pharmacists increase the potential for medication errors, says a new study by University of Arizona College of Pharmacy researchers published in the May issue of the journal Medical Care. The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by College of Pharmacy Professor Daniel C. Malone, Ph.D. (2007-04-24)

Predicting serious drug side effects before they occur
Writing in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, at team from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, has developed a new model that tests show is 99.87 percent accurate in predicting adverse drug reactions among 10,000 observations and 100 percent for non-serious ADRs. (2011-03-28)

Corticosteroid therapy may be associated with irregular heartbeat
High doses of medications known as corticosteroids may be linked to an increased risk for atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder characterized by an irregular heartbeat, according to an article in the May 8 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2006-05-08)

Personal health record associated with improved medication adherence
Patients with diabetes who used an online patient portal to refill medications increased their medication adherence and improved their cholesterol levels, according to a new study in the journal Medical Care. (2014-01-06)

Nonprescription medication abuse underestimated
Nonprescription medications are just as likely a cause of poisoning as prescription drugs, according to a new study by Timothy Wiegand, M.D. from the University of Rochester Medical Center in the US and colleagues. Their work, which analyzes the data from the second annual report of the Toxicology Investigators Consortium, is published online in Springer's Journal of Medical Toxicology. (2012-10-04)

Heart intervention doesn't outweigh medicine in study
In what some leading cardiologists are calling a (2007-03-27)

Study questions benefits of long-term use of ADHD medications
In a study that followed more than 500 children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) into adulthood, extended use of stimulant medication was linked with suppressed adult height but not with reduced symptoms of ADHD. (2017-03-13)

Adherence to oral diabetes drugs may improve survival in diabetics with colorectal cancer
Among patients with both colorectal cancer and diabetes in Korea, those who had a high adherence to their oral diabetes medication had a significantly reduced risk of overall mortality compared with those with lower adherence. (2020-06-01)

STAR AF 2 -- in ablation for persistent atrial fibrillation, 'less may be more'
In patients with persistent atrial fibrillation -- an abnormal heart rhythm -- treating only the pulmonary veins with a procedure called ablation resulted in reasonable outcomes without the need to treat other areas of the heart, according to a new study presented as a Hot Line today at ESC Congress 2014. (2014-09-01)

Type 2 diabetes people 'let down' over delayed treatment
A University of Leicester study suggests 'clinical inertia' is preventing tight control of blood sugar levels. (2016-04-26)

OHSU researchers identify ocular side effects of commonly prescribed drugs
Oregon Health & Science University researchers have discovered a previously unreported side effect for a commonly prescribed osteoporosis and cancer medication. If gone untreated, the ocular side effect could cause serious vision problems. (2003-03-20)

Mere expectation of treatment can improve brain activity in Parkinson's patients
Learning-related brain activity in Parkinson's patients improves as much in response to a placebo treatment as to real medication, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder and Columbia University. (2014-11-25)

Child health professionals still believe in 'teething'
Health professionals still attribute many major ills to infant teething, despite good evidence that teething is associated with, at most, minor and relatively infrequent symptoms, finds a study in this week's BMJ. These beliefs may even lead to late diagnosis of important illnesses. (2002-10-10)

Automated phone and mail notices increase medication adherence
Patients newly prescribed a cholesterol-lowering medication were more likely to pick it up from the pharmacy if they received automated phone and mail reminders, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine today. This is one of a few published studies to examine strategies for reducing primary non-adherence, which occurs when patients do not pick up new prescriptions. (2012-11-26)

Diabetes medication reduces dementia risk
Treating people with type 2 diabetes, also known as 'age-related diabetes' with antidiabetics reduces their risk for Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. The risk is most significantly reduced by the drug pioglitazone. Researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases draw this conclusion from an analysis of health insurance data. Their findings are published in the journal Annals of Neurology. (2015-06-23)

Study shows positive results for novel, patient-controlled transdermal system (PCTS)...
A study evaluating a novel, patient-controlled, needle-free system for delivering pain medication to post-operative patients through the skin found that those who were on the patient-controlled transdermal system (PCTS) withdrew from pain treatment less often because of inadequate pain control versus placebo. (2004-02-24)

Statins make radiation more effective at curing prostate cancer
Men with high-risk prostate cancer who take statin drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol while receiving radiation therapy are less likely to have their cancer return than patients who do not take these medications, according to a study published in the March issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics, an official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). (2011-03-23)

The Epilepsy Foundation issues Call to Action
Today, the Epilepsy Foundation issued a Call to Action to women of childbearing age who take anticonvulsant medications for conditions that include epilepsy, migraine headaches, and certain psychiatric disorders, urging them to talk to their healthcare providers about treatment options. The Call to Action was created in cooperation with medical experts and representatives from leading medical professional and voluntary health organizations. (2005-10-04)

Technology aids kidney transplant patients
Mobile technology helps kidney transplant patients adhere to a rigorous schedule of medications and monitor their own blood pressure. (2015-12-29)

Attacking type 2 diabetes from a new direction with encouraging results
New research led by Victor Shengkan Jin of Rutgers University shows promising evidence that a modified form the drug niclosamide -- now used to eliminate intestinal parasites -- may hold the key to battling type 2 diabetes at its source. (2014-10-05)

Confidence, positive feelings support better medication adherence in hypertensive African-Americans
When it comes to taking prescribed medications for hypertension, a patient's self confidence could be as important as doctor's orders. A new study by researchers at NYU School of Medicine reveals that positive affirmation, when coupled with patient education, seems to help patients more effectively follow their prescribed medication regimen. (2012-01-23)

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