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Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers
Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results. (2011-08-25)
Cluster headache -- it's nice when it stops
Cluster headache has a substantial detrimental effect on quality of life. (2011-08-24)
Exercise can substitute effectively as second 'medication' for people with depression
Exercise can be as effective as a second medication for as many as half of depressed patients whose condition have not been cured by a single antidepressant medication. (2011-08-24)
Pharmacist-directed anticoagulation service improves care coordination
A pharmacist-directed anticoagulation service improves the coordination of care from the hospital to an outpatient clinic for patients treated with the anticoagulant drug warfarin, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study. (2011-08-10)
Psychiatrists failing to adequately monitor patients for metabolic side-effects of prescribed drugs
People treated in psychiatric settings are receiving inadequate medical monitoring following high risk antipsychotic medication. (2011-08-09)
Deep brain stimulation effects may last for 10 years in patients with Parkinson's disease
One decade after receiving implants that stimulate areas of their brains, patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) appear to sustain improvement in motor function, although part of the initial benefit wore off mainly because of progressive loss of benefit in other functions, according to a report published online first by Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-08-08)
Aggressive drug therapy aids superbug evolution
New research raises troubling concerns about the use of aggressive drug therapies to treat a wide range of diseases such as MRSA, C. difficile, malaria and even cancer. (2011-08-03)
Basis for battery-powered skin patch for wider range of protein-based medicines
Scientists have confirmed the feasibility of using a new drug delivery system -- the basis for a battery-powered skin patch -- to administer medication that shows promise for treating peripheral artery disease and healing stubborn skin ulcers and burns. (2011-08-03)
Home pharmacist visits seek to cut hospital readmission rates
The URI College of Pharmacy is pairing home visits from pharmacists with the latest technology, providing instant access to a patient's medical history and medications, all in an effort to reduce hospital readmissions. (2011-08-03)
Barrier to effective treatment for seniors -- the cost of medicine
As many as one in ten elderly people in the US, registered with Medicare, do not stick to their prescribed medication because it is too expensive, according to Dr. (2011-08-01)
Simple guidelines decreased unnecessary antibiotic use in Quebec, Canada
Antibiotic overuse and resistance have emerged as major threats during the past two decades. (2011-07-26)
Study dispels myths about medication borrowing in urban populations
Rates of medication borrowing were previously thought to be higher among low-income populations due to lack of insurance, access to health care and high rates of crime and drug abuse. (2011-07-20)
E-health records should play bigger role in patient safety initiatives, researchers advocate
Patient safety researchers are calling for the expanded use of electronic health records to address the disquieting number of medical errors in the health care system that can lead to readmissions and even death. (2011-07-19)
Patients who use anti-depressants are more likely to suffer relapse, researcher finds
Patients who use anti-depressants are much more likely to suffer relapses of major depression than those who use no medication at all, concludes a McMaster researcher. (2011-07-19)
Heartburn treatment may extend survival in IPF patients
Patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) who report treatment for gastroespophageal reflux (GER) appear to have longer survival than IPF patients who are not treated for GERD, according to a new study from the University of California, San Francisco. (2011-07-19)
Pivotal study in Africa finds that HIV medications prevent HIV infection
An international study has demonstrated that individuals at high risk for HIV infection who took a daily tablet containing an HIV medication -- either the antiretroviral medication tenofovir or tenofovir in combination with emtricitabine -- experienced significantly fewer HIV infections than those who received a placebo pill. (2011-07-13)
Multiple medication use a growing problem among elderly cancer patients
With an estimated 70 percent of all cancers in the USA being diagnosed in older adults by 2030, more and more elderly cancer patients will encounter multiple medication use (polypharmacy) increasing the risk of adverse drug reactions and drug interactions (2011-07-06)
Outpatient electronic prescribing systems don't cut out common mistakes
Outpatient electronic prescribing systems don't cut out the common mistakes made in manual systems, suggests research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. (2011-06-29)
Scientists' breakthrough attracts new funding for high blood pressure research
Scientists at the University of Strathclyde's Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, have recently been awarded almost £155,000 by the British Heart Foundation to conduct a two year investigation aimed at improving the treatment of hypertension. (2011-06-21)
Thousands of patients prescribed high-risk drugs
Thousands of patients in Scotland who are particularly vulnerable to adverse drug events were prescribed high-risk medications by their GPs which could potentially cause them harm, according to research published on today. (2011-06-21)
Poorly coordinated care doubled risk of drug and medical errors in 7 countries
Poorly coordinated care increases the likelihood of medication and medical errors by up to 200% and cost-related barriers increase the likelihood by up to 160 percent. (2011-06-20)
Medical societies respond to the FDA's safety announcement on the use of Actos
The Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American Diabetes Association urge diabetes patients to remain on their prescribed medications unless instructed otherwise by their health-care provider. (2011-06-16)
Shellpak demonstrates statistically significant improvement in patient medication adherence
According to new data published in Clinical Therapeutics, the way a medication is packaged can have a significant impact on whether patients take it as prescribed. (2011-06-16)
Researchers identify why dopamine replacement therapy has a paradoxical effect on cognition
Dopamine replacement therapy, which is used to manage motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, can, at times, adversely affect cognition. (2011-06-15)
Expenditures for glaucoma medications appear to have increased
In recent years, spending for glaucoma medications has increased, especially for women, persons who have only public health insurance and those with less than a high school education, according to a report published online first by Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-06-13)
Studies evaluate criteria for detecting potentially inappropriate medicines
Using the Screening Tool of Older Persons' potentially inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria was associated with identification of adverse drug events in older patients, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2011-06-13)
Yearly zoledronic acid at lower-than-standard doses increases bone density
A lower dose of zoledronic acid than currently recommended for prevention of bone fractures due to osteoporosis decreases bone resorption and increases bone density, and may be effective in reducing the risk of osteoporotic fractures, a study finds. (2011-06-06)
New generation asthma drug could improve metabolism
Formoterol, a new generation asthma medication, shows great promise for improving fat and protein metabolism, say Australian researchers, who have tested this effect in a small sample of men. (2011-06-05)
BUSM study finds older men more likely to lose the ability to orgasm due to gabapentin
Boston University School of Medicine researchers have found that gabapentin, (trade name Neurontin) a medication commonly used to treat neuropathic pain, seizures and bipolar disease in older and elderly patients, seems to have a higher incidence of anorgasmia, or failure to experience orgasm, than previously reported. (2011-06-03)
U of Alberta researchers hoping to stop heart disease in cancer patients before it starts
Researchers in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry are trying to reverse a devastating trend: cancer survivors developing cardiovascular disease, one of the top two killers in Canada. (2011-06-02)
Substantial recovery rate with placebo effect in headache treatment
Ninety percent of all persons experience a headache at some time in their lives. (2011-05-23)
Study shows pharmacies' software systems miss potentially dangerous interactions
A study conducted at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy found that only 28 percent of pharmacies' clinical decision support software systems -- the computer programs that are in place to alert pharmacists to possible medication problems -- correctly identified potentially dangerous drug-drug interactions (2011-05-17)
Depression associated with poor medication adherence in patients with chronic illnesses
People who are depressed are less likely to adhere to medications for their chronic health problems than patients who are not depressed, putting them at increased risk of poor health, according to a new RAND Corporation study. (2011-05-10)
Wide-reaching report finds strong support for nurse and pharmacist prescribing
Greater powers introduced by the government to enable specially trained nurses and pharmacists to prescribe medication in England have been successfully adopted, according to a new report. (2011-05-10)
Personality affects how likely we are to take our medication
The results of a unique study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, show that personality has an impact on how likely people are to take their medication. (2011-05-09)
New UTHealth trial aimed at helping pregnant women stop smoking
A clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of a medication that could help pregnant women stop smoking has begun enrollment at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. (2011-05-04)
Dual medications for depression increases costs, side effects with no benefit to patients
Taking two medications for depression does not hasten recovery from the condition that affects 19 million Americans each year, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in a national study. (2011-05-01)
Medication nonadherence patterns among children with epilepsy associated with socioeconomic status
An examination of medication adherence among children with newly diagnosed epilepsy found that nearly 60 percent showed persistent nonadherence during the first 6 months of therapy, and that lower socioeconomic status was associated with higher non-adherence, according to a study in the April 27 issue of JAMA. (2011-04-26)
Researchers report widespread use of medications among pregnant women
Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Harvard School of Public Health, have reported widespread and increasing medication use among pregnant women. (2011-04-25)
More accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's
A new study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, shows how analyzing spinal fluid can help to detect Alzheimer's disease at an early stage. (2011-04-18)
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