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Opioid unknowns
Nearly 15 percent of opioid-naïve patients hospitalized under Medicare are discharged with a new prescription for opioids. (2016-06-13)
Researcher pushes for tool to combat drug shortages
Queen's University researcher Jacalyn Duffin and colleagues are recommending that Canada create a list of essential medicines to help protect against drug shortages. (2016-06-13)
Six in ten adults prescribed opioid painkillers have leftover pills
In the midst of an epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction and overdose deaths, a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey suggests that more than half of patients prescribed opioids have leftover pills -- and many save them to use later. (2016-06-13)
Trauma in childhood linked to drug use in adolescence
Latest research from a national sample of almost 10,000 US adolescents found psychological trauma, especially abuse and domestic violence before age 11, can increase the likelihood of experimentation with drugs in adolescence, independent of a history of mental illness. (2016-06-08)
Modeling the correct doses for disease-fighting drugs
Publishing earlier this week in the American Society for Microbiology's Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Brad Reisfeld, associate professor in Colorado State University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has described a new computational model for optimizing dosing for the tuberculosis drug Rifapentine. (2016-06-08)
Anti-epileptic drug linked to birth defects when taken with other drugs
In an analysis of pregnancies in Australia from 1999 to 2014 in which women were taking anti-epileptic drugs, fetal malformation rates fell over time in pregnancies where only one drug was taken, but rates increased in pregnancies where multiple drugs were taken. (2016-06-07)
Study finds one-third of women taking bisphosphonates remain at risk for fracture
A recent study of oral bisphosphonates, the most commonly prescribed osteoporosis treatment, found that approximately a third of women prescribed these drugs continue to be at elevated risk for bone fracture, an outcome that may have several origins. (2016-06-06)
Cancer patients miss appointments, prescriptions due to inability to afford care
A study led by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers found that more than one-in-four cancer patients had to pay more for medical care than they could afford, and 18 percent of those patients said they were unable to afford prescription medications. (2016-06-03)
Majority of medical marijuana users benefit from treatment, according to Ben-Gurion U. study
Users reported in later interviews that their pain, nausea, anxiety, appetite, and general feeling had improved. (2016-06-03)
Florida drug database and 'Pill Mill' reg curbed state's top opioid prescribers
In the first year that two Florida laws aimed at curbing opioid prescriptions were in effect, the state's top opioid prescribers wrote significantly fewer prescriptions of this type of pain medication, a new analysis led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds. (2016-06-02)
New mouse models give a boost to the development of cancer immunotherapies
A new cancer treatment called CD40 inhibitor has yielded disappointing results when tested in clinical trials, failing to mobilize patients' immune system against tumors the way it was expected to. (2016-06-02)
A variation on a gene brings unexpected benefits
The variant of a gene encoding a drug target for a popular antidiabetic therapy is protective against heart disease, a common safety concern with antidiabetic medications, a new study shows. (2016-06-01)
Opioids are not necessarily evil
Neurology Central is shining a light on this health crisis in an exclusive interview with Michael Schatman (Director of Research, US Pain Foundation, Connecticut, USA) discussing his recent thought-provoking editorial on the misuse of opioid dose calculation techniques in medical guidelines and the drivers of the opioid epidemic. (2016-06-01)
Hunting for the brain's opioid addiction switch
New research by Steven Laviolette's research team at Western University is contributing to a better understanding of the ways opiate-class drugs modify brain circuits to drive the addiction cycle. (2016-05-31)
Pharmacist prescribes education as key to curbing opioid abuse
Technologies that make it harder for people to abuse opioids - like doctoring pills so that they produce unpleasant side effects if broken, crushed or injected -- likely will have limited effectiveness in stemming the global epidemic of opioid abuse, (2016-05-27)
Surrogate endpoints poor proxy for survival in cancer drug approval process
Surrogate endpoints used to support the majority of new cancer drugs approved in the US often lack formal study, according to the authors of a study published in the June issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. (2016-05-26)
Antidepressants commonly and increasingly prescribed for nondepressive indications
In a study appearing in the May 24/31 issue of JAMA, Jenna Wong, M.Sc., of McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and colleagues analyzed treatment indications for antidepressants and assessed trends in antidepressant prescribing for depression. (2016-05-24)
Researchers reveal how a new class of drugs kills cancer cells
A team of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers has worked out how a new class of anti-cancer drugs kills cancer cells, a finding that helps explain how cancer cells may become resistant to treatment. (2016-05-20)
Survey: 71 percent of hip fracture patients not told they have osteoporosis
More than 7 in 10 older adults who suffer hip fractures aren't told they have the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis -- despite the fact that hip fractures nearly always signify the presence of this potentially debilitating condition, according to revealing new research by Northwell Health physicians. (2016-05-19)
Making injectable medicine safer
Bring the drugs, hold the suds. That summarizes a promising new drug-making technique designed to reduce serious allergic reactions and other side effects from anti-cancer medicine, testosterone and other drugs that are administered with a needle. (2016-05-19)
Antidote to opioid drug overdoses could become more accessible
Over the past 15 years, deaths caused by heroin and prescription opioid overdoses have quadrupled despite the existence of a highly effective antidote. (2016-05-18)
Antipsychotic drugs are linked with an increased risk of heart attacks
A review of nine observational studies found evidence supporting an increased risk of heart attacks in patients taking antipsychotic drugs. (2016-05-16)
Chicken coops, sewage treatment plants are hot spots of antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria most often are associated with hospitals and other health-care settings, but a new study indicates that chicken coops and sewage treatment plants also are hot spots of antibiotic resistance. (2016-05-11)
Researchers discover first safe way to deliver drugs to the placenta
For the first time, researchers have devised a method to selectively deliver drugs to a pregnant woman's placenta without harming the foetus, in a development which could help prevent some premature births and treat conditions such as pre-eclampsia. (2016-05-10)
Antidepressant use during pregnancy may lengthen umbilical cord
Umbilical cords of children whose mothers used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy may be longer than umbilical cords of other newborn children, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. (2016-05-09)
Therapeutic substitution could help reduce money spent on prescription drugs
An extra $73 billion was spent between 2010 and 2012 on brand name medications and the practice of therapeutic substitution (substituting chemically different compounds within the same class of drugs for one another) could help to drive down those costs, according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-05-09)
Changing default prescription settings in EMRs increased rates of generic drugs, Penn Medicine study finds
A new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, found that a simple change to prescription default options in electronic medical records immediately increased generic prescribing rates from 75 percent to 98 percent. (2016-05-09)
Study finds many patients abusing drugs and alcohol are self-medicating chronic pain
With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the US, many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to illegal drugs and prescription medications. (2016-05-09)
Study: Medicare Part D boosts medication adherence, reduces blood pressure risk
Research shows that implementation of Medicare Part D has increased the number of people taking their prescribed medications as directed -- so-called 'medication adherence' -- and reduced the likelihood that newly covered beneficiaries develop high blood pressure. (2016-05-09)
Peptide payload
Erkki Ruoslahti and colleagues provide proof of principle for safe, targeted delivery of drugs to the placenta during pregnancy. (2016-05-06)
Elderly women more likely to be overprescribed prescription drugs: UBC study
Nearly one in three B.C. women over age 65 received inappropriate prescription medicines in 2013, according to a UBC study. (2016-05-05)
Timed-release glaucoma drug insert shows promise as alternative to daily drops
A medicated silicone ring that rests on the surface of the eye and slowly releases medication reduced eye pressure in glaucoma patients by about 20 percent over six months. (2016-05-05)
RAND/Harvard study shows teledermatology increases patient access to specialized skin care
Teledermatology significantly improved access to specialized skin care for a group of patients that traditionally has limited options, according to an independent study led by researchers at the RAND Corporation and Harvard Medical School's Department of Health. (2016-05-05)
Imodium for a legal high is as dumb and dangerous as it sounds
The over-the-counter anti-diarrhea medication Imodium®, or its key ingredient loperamide, is increasingly being abused by people attempting to self-treat their opioid addiction, with sometime fatal results. (2016-05-03)
Diagnosing mononucleosis: UGA's Mark Ebell works to expedite proper treatment
The University of Georgia's Mark Ebell wasn't impressed with research on infectious mononucleosis when he wrote his first published review on it back in the 1990s. (2016-05-02)
Shortages in nation's drug supply persist despite federal efforts
Despite federal legislation to stem shortages in the nation's drug supply, deficiencies remain for patients with acute and critical illnesses, said Yale researchers. (2016-05-02)
A legal approach to reducing drug spending
In a new analysis published in the May issue of Health Affairs, Aaron Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., associate professor of medicine and director of the Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women's Hospital, posed an innovative solution to the problem of patent-protected essential medicines that are priced too high for society to afford them, as in the case of the antiviral drugs treating hepatitis C. (2016-05-02)
Hospital self-harm cases have steadily risen among men in England since 2008
The number of hospital cases of self-inflicted harm, such as cutting and overdosing on prescription meds, has risen steadily since 2008 in England among men, reveals research published in the online journal BMJ Open. (2016-04-28)
Costs for orally administered cancer drugs skyrocket
New cancer drugs, taken in pill form, have become dramatically more expensive in their first year on the market compared with drugs launched 15 years ago, calling into question the sustainability of a system that sets high prices at market entry in addition to rapidly increasing those prices over time. (2016-04-28)
Dexamethasone for asthma in the ER: Better compliance, nearly equal effectiveness
Adults with asthma who were treated with one-dose dexamethasone in the emergency department had only slightly higher relapse than patients who were treated with a five-day course of prednisone. (2016-04-27)
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