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Counting the cost of infertility treatment
Although the demand for infertility treatment is rising, the high cost may deter some couples from seeking care. Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco assessed direct out-of-pocket costs for couples undergoing fertility treatment. Those using medication only had the lowest out-of-pocket expenses at $912, while those using in vitro fertilization had the highest at $19,234. The results, published in The Journal of Urology®, will help inform couples who seek infertility care and the physicians who counsel them. (2013-12-06)

MRI technique reveals low brain iron in ADHD patients
Magnetic resonance imaging provides a noninvasive way to measure iron levels in the brains of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study. Researchers said the method could help physicians and parents make better informed decisions about medication. (2013-12-02)

Antidepressant medication does not increase the risk of autism
A large Danish study shows that pregnant women's use of antidepressant medication does not increase the risk of having children with autism. In this way the study refutes earlier studies, which had demonstrated a connection. (2013-11-22)

Treating alcohol dependence: Medication plus therapy leads to longer abstinence
Alcohol treatment incorporating a stepped-care rationale -- when services are escalated -- appears to increase efficacy of the treatment. However, in some countries, medication and individual psychotherapy -- either separate or combined -- are rarely used to treat alcohol dependence (AD). A recent study of AD patients who were given a stepped-care approach -- first medication, then additional psychotherapy -- found that patients willing to attend psychotherapy in addition to pharmacotherapy benefit from a reduced or delayed relapse to heavy drinking. (2013-11-19)

CAMH and Assurex Health launch joint venture to advance personalized medicine in Canada
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada's leading hospital for mental health, and Assurex Health, a global leader in personalized medicine, have signed an agreement for a joint venture to bring the benefits of this treatment approach to more Canadians. (2013-11-19)

New treatment more effective at reducing blood clots in brain-injured patients, MU surgeons find
Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that a new protocol that uses preventive blood-thinning medication in the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injuries reduces the risk of patients developing life-threatening blood clots without increasing the risk of bleeding inside the brain. (2013-11-18)

Staying on medication may not translate to avoiding readmission
A targeted effort to help high-risk heart failure patients stay on their medications did improve adherence to drug regimens, but had surprisingly little effect lowering hospital readmission rates, according to a study at Duke Medicine. (2013-11-18)

Medication adherence after hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome
Patients better adhered to their medication regimens in the year following hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome when they were part of a program that included personalized attention from a pharmacist compared with usual care, according to a study by P. Michael Ho, M.D., Ph.D., of the Denver VA Medical Center, and colleagues. (2013-11-18)

Texting heart medication reminders improved patient adherence
Getting reminder texts helped patients take their heart medicines (anti-platelet and cholesterol-lowering drugs) more regularly, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013. (2013-11-17)

1 in 7 students has dabbled in 'smart' drugs
One in seven Swiss students has already tried to enhance his or her performance with prescription medication or drugs. Besides psychostimulants like Ritalin, students also consume sedatives, alcohol or cannabis. These substances are mostly only taken during the exam preparation period. Only a narrow majority of polled students reported the desired effects, as a representative study conducted by researchers at the universities of Zurich and Basel reveals. (2013-11-14)

The doctor will text you now: Post-ER follow-up that works
Diabetic patients treated in the emergency department who were enrolled in a program in which they received automated daily text messages improved their level of control over their diabetes and their medication adherence, according to a study published online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2013-11-11)

Mother's immunosuppressive medications not likely to put fetus at risk
Women with chronic autoimmune diseases who take immunosuppressive medications during their first trimester of pregnancy are not putting their babies at significantly increased risk of adverse outcomes, according to a Vanderbilt study released online by the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism. (2013-11-08)

Anxiety help comes, eventually, via primary care
A study of anxiety sufferers who were engaged with primary medical care found that over a five year period seven in 10 received (2013-11-07)

U-M study: 'Smarter' blood pressure guidelines could prevent many more heart attacks and strokes
Current medical guidelines use a one-size-fits-all treatment approach based on target blood pressure values that leads to some patients being on too many medications and others being on too little. (2013-11-04)

Is it safe to drive with my arm in a cast?
Orthopaedic surgeons Geoffrey S. Marecek, MD, and Michael F. Schafer, MD, co-authors of a new literature review outlining the potential limitations and necessary precautions for driving after orthopaedic surgery and procedures. (2013-11-04)

Bipolar and pregnant
New research offers one of the first in-depth views of how metabolism changes during pregnancy reduce the effect of a commonly used drug to treat bipolar disorder. The blood level of the drug decreased during pregnancy, resulting in worsening symptoms. The new findings can help physicians prevent bipolar manic and depressive episodes in their pregnant patients, which are risky for the health of the mother and her unborn child. (2013-11-01)

Nanopore opens new cellular doorway for drug transport
A living cell is built with barriers to keep things out -- and researchers are constantly trying to find ways to smuggle molecules in.‬ ‪Professor Giovanni Maglia (Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology, KU Leuven) and his team have engineered a biological nanopore that acts as a selective revolving door through a cell's lipid membrane. The nanopore could potentially be used in gene therapy and targeted drug delivery.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ (2013-10-23)

Using mobile devices to look up drug info prevents adverse events in nursing homes
Nearly nine out of 10 nursing home physicians said that using their mobile devices to look up prescription drug information prevented at least one adverse drug event in the previous month, according to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine study published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. (2013-10-16)

Study examines prescribing of levothyroxine for borderline thyroid hormone levels
A study of patients in the United Kingdom suggests widespread prescribing of the medication levothyroxine sodium to boost thyroid function among patients with borderline high levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone thyrotropin (a sign of low thyroid function), raising the possibility of overtreatment, according to a study published by JAMA Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. (2013-10-07)

Overhauling confusing prescription medicine labels
Northwestern Medicine®, Walgreens, Alliance of Chicago community health centers and Merck are collaborating on a study with a deceptively simple goal: Provide clear instructions on prescription medicine labels so patients don't make mistakes and overcomplicate taking their daily medications. The study will test a new way for doctors to write prescriptions and pharmacists to interpret those instructions on medicine labels. The results could prompt change and launch a new national standard in the way prescription labels are written. (2013-10-07)

Boston University researchers test effectiveness of treatments for alcoholism and anxiety
Domenic Ciraulo, M.D., chair of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and David H. Barlow, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Boston University, have collaborated to study the effect of behavioral and medication treatments on patients with alcoholism and anxiety. (2013-10-07)

UAlberta medical research team designing new drug for common heart condition
An international research team led by medical scientists at the University of Alberta has shown that new medications based on resveratrol -- a compound found in red wine and nuts -- may be used to treat a common heart-rhythm problem known as atrial fibrillation. (2013-10-07)

Hospitalized HIV patients benefit from seeing infectious diseases specialists
When patients with HIV are hospitalized for other conditions, such as a heart problem, surgery or complications of diabetes, mistakes are often made involving their complicated anti-retroviral therapy regimens. But those errors are more than twice as likely to be corrected when patients are seen by an infectious diseases physician, suggests a Cleveland Clinic study being presented at IDWeek 2013™ today. (2013-10-03)

Key mechanism behind herpes revealed
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and Carnegie Mellon University have for the first time managed to measure the internal pressure that enables the herpes virus to infect cells in the human body. The discovery paves the way for the development of new medicines to combat viral infections. The results indicate good chances to stop herpes infections in the future. (2013-10-02)

Over-the counter as effective as Rx at managing post-tonsillectomy pain
You may be able to eat all of the ice cream you want after having your tonsils removed, but researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit say you don't necessarily need a prescription to reduce post-operative pain -- an over-the-counter pain-reliever is just as effective. (2013-10-01)

An analgesic molecule discovered in its natural state in Africa
A team of researchers led by Michel De Waard, Inserm Research Director at the Grenoble Institute of Neurosciences (Inserm, University Joseph Fourier, CNRS), has discovered that an African medicinal plant produces large quantities of molecules with analgesic properties. (2013-09-26)

Link between antidepressants and diabetes risk is real
Clinicians should be extra vigilant when prescribing antidepressants as they could pose a risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers at the University of Southampton have warned. (2013-09-24)

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)

Arginine therapy shows promise for sickle cell pain
Arginine therapy may be a safe and inexpensive treatment for acute pain episodes in patients with sickle cell disease, according to results of a recent clinical study. (2013-09-16)

Codeine could increase users' sensitivity to pain
Using large and frequent doses of the pain-killer codeine may actually produce heightened sensitivity to pain, without the same level of relief offered by morphine, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. (2013-09-12)

How schizophrenia affects the brain
University of Iowa psychiatry professor Nancy Andreasen has published a study using brain scans to document the effects of schizophrenia on brain tissue. The findings may help doctors better understand the origin of the illness and the best ways to treat it. Findings appear in the American Journal of Psychiatry. (2013-09-11)

5 percent of US children, teens classified as 'severely obese'
About five percent of American children and teens are severely obese -- putting them at high risk for premature heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Severe obesity is a newly defined class of risk, and effective treatment options for these children are limited. (2013-09-09)

Virtual monitoring could aid adherence to TB medication
Virtual observation of patients taking their prescribed TB medication, could prove an effective technique for ensuring patients effectively complete their course of treatment. (2013-09-08)

Diabetic stroke risk after AMI drops in 10-year period
The risk of ischemic stroke after acute myocardial infarction in diabetics has dropped over a 10-year period, according to a study of more than 173,000 AMI patients in the Swedish RIKS-HIA register. (2013-08-31)

Drug design success propels efforts to fight HIV with a combination of 2 FDA-approved drugs
A University of Minnesota research team has developed a new delivery system for a combination of two FDA approved drugs that may serve as an effective treatment for the human immunodeficiency virus. The discovery, which allows for a combination of decitabine and gemcitabine to be delivered in pill form, marks a major step forward in patient feasibility for the drugs, which previously had been available solely via injection or intravenous therapy. (2013-08-30)

Genomic study: Why children in remission from rheumatoid arthritis experience recurrences
A new study published today in Arthritis Research & Therapy provides the first genomic characterization of remission in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis patients. (2013-08-29)

'1 pill can kill': Effects of unintentional opioid exposure in young children
During 2010-2011, an average of 1,500 children under six years of age was evaluated in emergency departments each year due to unintentional exposure to buprenorphine. Ingestion of strong opioids, such as buprenorphine, can cause central nervous system depression, respiratory depression, and death in young children. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers study how young children are gaining access to buprenorphine, as well as the effects of unintentional exposure to its different formulations. (2013-08-29)

Researchers from Mount Sinai receive NIH grant to study promising treatment for Autism subtype
Scientists at the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1, a promising treatment for a subtype of autism called Phelan McDermid Syndrome. (2013-08-26)

Terminology used to describe preinvasive breast cancer may affect patients' treatment preferences
When ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS, a preinvasive malignancy of the breast) is described as a high-risk condition rather than cancer, more women report that they would opt for nonsurgical treatments, according to a research letter by Zehra B. Omer, B.A., of Massachusetts General Hospital -- Institute for Technology Assessment, Boston, and colleagues. (2013-08-26)

Drug swap drives down costs
Therapeutic drug substitutions have the potential to double or even triple annual cost savings compared with savings achieved with generic substitutions, according to O. Kenrik Duru and colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles. (2013-08-21)

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