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Over half of ED visits for nonmedical prescription drug use are patients under 35
Using nationally representative public health surveillance data to characterize US ED visits for harm caused by nonmedical prescription drug use, investigators at CDC and FDA report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that over half these visits are by young adults under 35, and over 40 percent of patients arrive unconscious or after cardiorespiratory failure. (2019-03-06)
Psychiatry: Case notes indicate impending seclusion
Using notes made by the attending healthcare professionals about psychiatric patients enables impending coercive measures to be predicted in advance -- potentially even through automated text analysis. (2019-02-28)
Complex medication regimens create challenges for home health care
Medically high-risk patients and communication breakdowns between providers contribute to the difficulty of medication management for older adults receiving home health care, finds a study led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. (2019-02-27)
Improved outlook for people of African descent with treatment-resistant schizophrenia
A study led by researchers at Cardiff University means that more people of African descent who have treatment-resistant schizophrenia could be safely given the drug best proven to manage their symptoms. (2019-02-26)
Drug interactions in ER's common but preventable, Rutgers study finds
In a recent Rutgers study, 38 percent of patients discharged from the emergency department had at least one drug interaction resulting from a newly prescribed medicine. (2019-02-26)
Over half of home health care clinicians say they lack adequate information from hospitals
A survey of Colorado home health care clinicians (HHCs) revealed that 60 percent said they had not received enough information to guide patient treatment while 52 percent said patients often had unrealistic expectations of the kind of care they would receive. (2019-02-25)
New study shows use of medication abortion rebounded in Texas after FDA label change
Proportion of medication abortion plummeted after House Bill 2, bounced back after FDA label change on abortion medication mifepristone. (2019-02-25)
Oral antifungal drug used to treat yeast infections linked to higher rates of miscarriage
A commonly used medication, fluconazole, used to treat vaginal yeast infections, is linked to higher rates of miscarriage if used during pregnancy, found new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-02-19)
Insurance rules make it harder to treat opioid use disorder
Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to a research letter published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2019-02-12)
Study estimates misuse of prescribed opioids in the United States
A new Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety study estimates the prevalence and risk factors for self-reported misuse of prescribed opioids in the general adult population. (2019-02-06)
Pharmacy in the 21st century: Transformational change ahead
With significant changes in population demographics, technology, and the upsurge in the use of health services across the sector, a group of pharmacist-researchers from the Ontario Pharmacy Evidence Network is calling for the profession to make fundamental changes to effectively and safely meet society's health care needs. (2019-02-05)
Feces transplantation: Effective treatment facing an uncertain future
In the right intestines, feces can save lives. This is shown by a new study of feces transplantation and the life-threatening intestinal disease Clostridium difficile. (2019-02-05)
Rutgers study finds rise in overdoses from opioids in diarrhea drug
A Rutgers study has uncovered a new threat in the opiate epidemic: overdoses of loperamide, an over-the-counter diarrhea medication, have been steadily increasing in number and severity nationwide over five years. (2019-02-04)
New UC study may help guide treatment of pediatric anxiety
Researchers from the University of Cincinnati looked at common medications prescribed for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, to determine the most effective and best-tolerated. (2019-02-01)
For older people, medications are common; AGS Beers Criteria aims to make them appropriate, too
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today unveiled its latest update to one of geriatrics' most frequently cited reference tools: The AGS Beers Criteria® for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. (2019-01-31)
Cancer patients can quit smoking through lengthened medication time, counseling support
More than 50 percent of cancer patients still smoke after being diagnosed, yet quitting smoking can significantly improve the effectiveness of cancer treatment. (2019-01-25)
Asthma Controller Step Down Yardstick -- treatment guidance for when asthma improves
The focus for asthma treatment is often stepping up treatment, but clinicians need to know how to step down therapy when symptoms improve. (2019-01-25)
Health literacy linked to blood pressure medication adherence among Hispanics
Good health literacy is associated with better adherence to blood pressure medications among Hispanic individuals with high blood pressure, finds a study by NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and Columbia University School of Nursing. (2019-01-22)
Fraction of US outpatient treatment centers offer medication for opioid addiction
Despite the mounting death toll of America's opioid crisis, only a minority of facilities that treat substance use disorders offer patients buprenorphine, naltrexone or methadone -- the three FDA-approved medications for the long-term management of opioid use disorder, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2019-01-15)
WSU smart home tests first elder care robot
Researchers believe the robot, nicknamed RAS, could eventually help those with dementia and other limitations continue to live independently in their own homes. (2019-01-14)
Medication-assisted treatment helps patients avoid opioid withdrawal complications
Much attention is given to opioid overdose, but opioid withdrawal is a high-risk period where patients could experience serious health complications or revert to misuse or abuse, according to a new clinical review in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2019-01-10)
Widely used physical health drugs may help treat serious mental illness
Medications commonly used to combat physical health diseases, such as high blood pressure, could bring significant benefits to people with serious mental illnesses (SMI) such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or non-affective psychoses, according to a large cohort study led by UCL. (2019-01-09)
Painful intercourse in women improved with fibromyalgia drug
Women with chronic pain or discomfort around the vulva showed improved sexual function with an oral nerve pain medication used to treat pain caused by a previous herpes infection as well as fibromyalgia, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-01-02)
Two Type 2 diabetes drugs linked to higher risk of heart disease
Two drugs commonly prescribed to treat Type 2 diabetes carry a high risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack, stroke, heart failure or amputation, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.  The drugs are commonly prescribed to patients after they have taken metformin but need a second-line medication. (2018-12-21)
Editorial: Stop allowing beliefs to get in the way of treating opioid use disorder
Patients face unnecessary barriers to evidence-based treatment from government regulations as well as providers' own beliefs that are not grounded in science, researchers from the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center (BMC) said in an Annals of Internal Medicine editorial. (2018-12-18)
Using EHR-linked medication reminders for glaucoma patients
Mobile device reminders have been associated with better medication adherence and linking reminders to patient electronic health records (EHRs) could potentially allow some oversight by clinicians. (2018-12-13)
Effect of oral alfacalcidol on clinical outcomes in patients without secondary hyperparathyroidism R
''Treatment with active vitamin D did not decrease cardiovascular events in kidney patients undergoing hemodialysis''-- A research group in Japan reported their research results in the December 11 issue of JAMA. (2018-12-11)
Increasing statins dose and patient adherence could save more lives
Thousands of heart attacks and deaths from cardiovascular disease could be prevented by patients taking higher doses of statins and taking the drugs as advised by doctors. (2018-12-07)
Obesity intervention needed before pregnancy
New research from the University of Adelaide's Robinson Research Institute supports the need for dietary and lifestyle interventions before overweight and obese women become pregnant. (2018-12-06)
Are infections associated with increased risk of later mental disorders during childhood, adolescence?
This study used Danish nationwide registries to investigate an association between infections treated since birth and subsequent risk of treated childhood and adolescent mental disorders. (2018-12-05)
New study sheds light on medication administration errors leading to death -- omission is a common cause
Medication administration errors leading to death are common with anticoagulants and antibiotics in particular, according to a new study that analyzed incidents reported in England and Wales. (2018-12-04)
How common is Autism spectrum disorder and do kids receive treatment?
National survey data for 43,000 U.S. children suggests an estimated 2.8 percent have ever been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 2.5 percent currently have ASD. (2018-12-03)
Mayo researchers say oral apixaban safe and effective for treating blood clots in cancer patients
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that an oral drug, apixaban, used to treat blood clots in patients undergoing cancer therapy, is safe and effective. (2018-12-03)
Women reveal the reasons they reject a preventive drug for breast cancer
Only around a fifth of women at higher risk of developing breast cancer think they need to take a drug proven to help prevent the disease, according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK and published today in Clinical Breast Cancer. (2018-12-02)
New device could monitor anticoagulant treatments with to deliver personalized therapies
Researchers of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) and CIBER Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN) have developed a biosensor device which allows the monitoring of anticoagulants such as Sintrom® (acenocoumarol) to deliver a personalized therapy in which the patient or doctor can adjust the drug dose to achieve the optimal effect. (2018-11-26)
Researchers find promise in new treatment for peanut allergy
Controlled ingestion of peanut protein could help build tolerance in peanut allergy sufferers. (2018-11-19)
Rapid response inpatient education boosts use of needed blood-thinning drugs
A new study designed to reach hospitalized patients at risk shows that a 'real-time' educational conversation, video or leaflet can lower the missed dose rates of drugs that can prevent potentially lethal blood clots in their veins. (2018-11-16)
Studies examine availability of opioid-overdose antidote at pharmacies
Two studies looked at the availability of naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdoses, from pharmacies in two states that have passed legislation to allow pharmacists to dispense the medication without a physician's prescription. (2018-11-13)
Affordable health care means better access to diabetes prevention, management
OHSU study compares rates of health care utilization at Community Health Centers in states with, without Medicaid expansion programs. (2018-11-13)
Study suggests diabetes medication improves heart structure
The diabetes medication empagliflozin has important effects that can improve cardiac structure in people with Type 2 diabetes who also have heart disease, suggests a new study led by St. (2018-11-12)
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