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English stop smoking services have helped 20,000 to quit, but much variation exists
Stop smoking services across England have had an increasing impact in helping smokers to quit in their first 10 years of operation and have successfully reached disadvantaged groups, finds a study published on today. (2013-08-20)

NYU Nursing receives a $1.5M NEPQR grant from HRSA
This grant reflects a practice/education partnership between the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, the NYU College of Nursing, the NYU Silver School of Social Work, the Touro College of Pharmacy, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. (2013-08-08)

Study shows combination stroke therapy safe and effective
The combination of the clot-busting drug tPA with an infusion of the antiplatelet drug eptifibatide dissolves blood clots safely and more quickly than tPA alone, a study led by University of Cincinnati researchers has found. Results from the phase-2 clinical trial, known as the CLEAR-ER Stroke Trial, are published online in the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2013-07-30)

Flow restrictors may reduce young children's accidental ingestion of liquid medications
Over 500,000 calls are made to poison control centers each year after accidental ingestion of medications by young children, and the number of emergency department visits for unsupervised medication ingestions is rising. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied whether adding flow restrictors to bottles can limit the amount of liquid medication a child could access even if child-resistant caps are missing or improperly closed. (2013-07-25)

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)

Greatly increased risk of stroke for patients who don't adhere to anti-hypertensive medication
People with high blood pressure, who don't take their anti-hypertensive drug treatments when they should, have a greatly increased risk of suffering a stroke and dying from it compared to those who take their medication correctly. A study of 73,527 patients with high blood pressure, published in the European Heart Journal, found that non-adherent patients had a 5.7-fold higher risk than the adherent patients in the year they died from stroke. (2013-07-16)

Tailoring diabetes treatment to older patients yields dramatic results
More than a quarter of over 70s with type 2 diabetes could benefit simply from improving communication and education in the clinic, new research has revealed. A study led by the University of Exeter Medical School and published in the Lancet found that 27 percent achieved better glycaemic control through individualized care alone. (2013-07-08)

Cardiac patients given longer prescriptions at discharge more likely to continue taking medication
Elderly cardiac patients prescribed heart medications for 60 days or more after leaving hospital have four times the odds of adhering to the drug regime than patients prescribed the same medications for 30 days, according to research conducted at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Women's College Hospital. (2013-06-28)

Specialized treatment helps cholesterol patients who suffer side effects from statins
Up to 15 percent of patients on cholesterol-lowering statin medications experience muscle pain or other side effects, and many stop taking the drugs. But a study has found that a specialized lipid clinic helps (2013-06-28)

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)

Depression in postmenopausal women may increase diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk
Postmenopausal women who use antidepressant medication or suffer from depression might be more likely to have a higher body mass index, larger waist circumference and inflammation -- all associated with increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a study led by University of Massachusetts Medical School investigator Yunsheng Ma, Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H. (2013-06-13)

GW researcher finds association between finasteride and decreased levels of alcohol consumption
GW Researcher Michael Irwig published the first human study that shows an association between finasteride (Propecia) and decreased levels of alcohol consumption. (2013-06-13)

Scan predicts whether therapy or meds will best lift depression
Pre-treatment scans of brain activity predicted whether depressed patients would best achieve remission with an antidepressant medication or psychotherapy, in a study that may help mental health treatment decision-making move beyond trial-and-error. The study sought to identify a biomarker that could predict which type of treatment a patient would benefit from based on the state of his or her brain. (2013-06-12)

Biomarkers may be key to discovery of successful initial treatment of depression
In a National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial, researchers at Emory have discovered that specific patterns of brain activity may indicate whether a depressed patient will or will not respond to treatment with medication or psychotherapy. (2013-06-12)

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)

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for June 11, 2013, issue
This news release contains information about articles being published in the June 11 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (2013-06-10)

NJIT researcher shows data mining EMRs can detect bad drug reactions
NJIT assistant professor Mei Liu, Ph.D., a computer scientist, has recently shown in a new study that electronic medical records can validate previously reported adverse drug reactions and report new ones. (2013-06-05)

UI Health among 10 percent of US hospitals with paperless patient records
The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System has been recognized for its advanced adoption of electronic medical records technology by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, and is now among the 10 percent of US hospitals with paperless patient records. (2013-05-28)

Study shows COPD is associated with significant and persistent pain
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is primarily associated with the respiratory symptoms that are its hallmark, but in fact, patients who struggle with the disease also experience significant amounts of chronic pain. A new study conducted by researchers in Pennsylvania and New Mexico estimates the degree of pain suffered by these patients to be close to that experienced by patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (2013-05-21)

New blood-thinner measures may cut medication errors
New guidelines have been developed by a panel of health care experts to ensure the safe and effective use of blood thinners. (2013-05-21)

Data shows long-term benefit of TMS in patients with depression using NeuroStar TMS therapy system
New data released today at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association show that the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System® induced statistically and clinically meaningful response and remission in patients with Major Depressive Disorder during the acute phase of therapy, which were maintained through one year of treatment. At the end of acute treatment, 62 percent of patients achieved symptomatic improvement while 41 percent reported complete remission. (2013-05-21)

Oral drops can give kids needle-free relief from asthma, allergies
Allergy shots are commonly used to treat children with severe environmental allergies and asthma, but under-the-tongue drops may offer yet another beneficial -- and stick-free -- option for pediatric allergy sufferers, according to a Johns Hopkins Children's Center review of existing scientific evidence. The new research comes on the heels of another recent Hopkins study, which showed that oral drops provide a safe and effective alternative for adult allergy sufferers. (2013-05-06)

90 percent of pediatric specialists not following clinical guidelines when treating preschoolers with ADHD
A recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York examined to what extent pediatric physicians adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics clinical guidelines regarding pharmacotherapy in treating young patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The results showed that more than 90 percent of medical specialists who diagnose and manage ADHD in preschoolers do not follow treatment guidelines recently published by the AAP. (2013-05-04)

How would you like your assistant -- Human or Robotic?
In a Georgia Tech study, more than half of healthcare providers interviewed said that if they were offered an assistant, they preferred it to be a robotic helper rather than a human. However, they don't want robots to help with everything. They were very particular about what they wanted a robot to do, and not do. (2013-04-29)

Research spinoff ReXceptor gets license for Alzheimer's treatment
Case Western Reserve's Technology Transfer Office has granted an exclusive license of a novel Alzheimer's Disease treatment strategy to spinoff company ReXceptor Inc., which plans to initiate early-stage human clinical trials of the medication within the next few months. (2013-04-25)

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)

Blood pressure out of control at safety-net clinics
Federally funded safety-net clinics for the uninsured lag behind other health care providers in controlling blood pressure among the low-income patients who rely on them for care, a new Michigan State University analysis suggests. (2013-04-17)

Reducing the pain of movement in intensive care
Monitoring pain and providing analgesics to patients in intensive care units during non-surgical procedures, such as turning and washing, can not only reduce the amount of pain but also reduce the number of serious adverse events including cardiac arrest, finds new research in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care. (2013-04-17)

Self-medication in animals much more widespread than believed
It's been known for decades that animals such as chimpanzees seek out medicinal herbs to treat their diseases. But in recent years, the list of animal pharmacists has grown much longer, and it now appears that the practice of animal self-medication is a lot more widespread than previously thought, according to a University of Michigan ecologist and his colleagues. (2013-04-11)

1 in 5 seniors on risky meds; more in US South
A study of more than six million seniors in Medicare Advantage plans in 2009 found that 21 percent received a prescription for at least one potentially harmful (2013-04-10)

Chronic pain ranks well below drug addiction as a major health problem in new poll
A new national public opinion poll commissioned by Research!America shows only 18 percent of respondents believe chronic pain is a major health problem, even though a majority of Americans (63 percent) say they know someone who experienced pain so severe that they sought prescription medicines to treat it. Chronic pain conditions affect about 100 million US adults at a cost of approximately $600 billion annually in direct medical treatment costs and lost productivity. (2013-04-09)

Disease over-diagnosis can result in needlessly medicating infants
In a new study, MU Psychology Professor Laura Scherer found that when physicians label common symptoms in infants, such as crying and spitting up, as (2013-04-02)

Over-diagnosis of reflux in infants leads to needless medication
Calling gastroesophageal reflux a disease increases parents' wish for medication, symptoms are frequently over-treated in infants, according to new research. (2013-04-01)

The hunt for a successor to lithium for bipolar disorder
Toxicity problems and adverse side effects when taking lithium, the mainstay medication for treating bipolar disorder, are fostering a scientific hunt for insights into exactly how lithium works in the body -- with an eye to developing a safer alternative. That's the topic of the cover story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News. C&EN is the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. (2013-03-27)

Missed opportunities to help smokers with mental illness
Although smoking prevalence has declined in the United Kingdom over recent decades, it has changed little among people with mental health disorders, remaining substantially higher than the national average. Yet a study published in the journal Addiction, presenting work carried out for a report released today by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists called 'Smoking and Mental Health', suggests that general practitioners are missing opportunities to help smokers with mental health disorders to quit. (2013-03-27)

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers study use of dasatinib for patients with high-risk MDS
Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center have completed a phase II clinical trial to determine the safety and efficacy of dasatinib for patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, or acute myeloid leukemia resulting from MDS and have failed treatment with azanucleosides. (2013-03-21)

Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center receives $1.5m grant to explore HIV treatment compliance
Larry Brown, M.D., and Laura Whiteley, M.D., adolescent behavioral researchers from the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, have been awarded a $1.5 million grant to improve antiretroviral treatment adherence in HIV infected youth and young adults. (2013-03-20)

Estrogen may relieve post-menopausal joint pain
Post-menopausal women, who often suffer from joint pain, could find some long-term relief by taking estrogen-only medication. (2013-03-20)

No attention-boosting drugs for healthy kids, doctors urge
Doctors at Yale School of Medicine and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) have called upon their fellow physicians to limit or end the practice of prescribing memory-enhancing drugs to healthy children whose brains are still developing. Their position statement is published in the Mar. 13 online issue of the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the AAN. (2013-03-13)

Rush scientists identify buphenyl as a possible drug for Alzheimer's disease
Studies in mice with Alzheimer's disease have shown that sodium phenylbutyrate, known as Buphenyl, successfully increases factors for neuronal growth and protects learning and memory, according to neurological researchers at the Rush University Medical Center. (2013-03-08)

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