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Uncontrolled asthma attacks during pregnancy increase health risks for mothers and babies
Women with asthma who suffer severe symptoms while they are pregnant face higher risks of health problems both for themselves and their babies compared to women with well-controlled asthma, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal. (2019-11-26)
Yoga and physical therapy as treatment for chronic lower back pain also improves sleep
Yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, according to a new study from Boston Medical Center. (2019-11-19)
Experimental cholesterol-lowering drug effective at lowering bad cholesterol, study shows
Twice-yearly injections of an experimental cholesterol-lowering drug, inclisiran, were effective at reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, often called bad cholesterol, in patients already taking the maximum dose of statin drugs, according to data of the ORION-10 trial presented Saturday, Nov. (2019-11-18)
Research reveals no link between statins and memory loss
Over 6 years, researchers evaluated the cognitive effects of statins in elderly consumers, revealing no negative impact and potential protective effects in those at risk of dementia. (2019-11-18)
Life experience critical for managing Type 2 diabetes
A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that age plays a critical role in the well-being of people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, with younger patients more susceptible to psychological distress resulting in worse health outcomes. (2019-11-15)
'Nudging' heart patients to take their statins leads to better adherence and better outcomes
In a new study presented to heart specialists from around the world, researchers at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City found that simple 'nudges' in the form of texts, emails and phone calls, not only help patients fill that first statin prescription, but also continue to help them take their medications over the long term. (2019-11-14)
Sex workers' preferences for HIV prevention center on convenience
Preventing HIV in sex workers is a powerful tool in lowering the worldwide burden of the disease, and a new study could help ensure that high-risk women take advantage of medical safeguards. (2019-11-13)
Women more likely to survive stroke but have poorer recovery than men, study shows
Women are more likely to survive a stroke, but have worse disability and poorer quality of life afterwards compared to men, according to research published in the latest issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2019-11-13)
Penn uncovers dose of medication more likely to put patients with pemphigus into remission
Researchers from Penn compare a lymphoma-dose regimen of rituximab to a rheumatoid arthritis regimen for the treatment of pemphigus. (2019-11-11)
Additional medications to treat children with JIA are urgently needed
According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, there is a profound ongoing need for additional medications to control the signs and symptoms of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), despite the availability of several approved biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (biologics). (2019-11-09)
Factors during pregnancy may affect early childhood weight
In a study published in Pediatric Obesity, a child's high and increasing body mass index between ages two and six years was strongly associated with pre-pregnancy obesity and overweight in the child's mother; modestly associated with maternal type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes that required medication, and excessive weight gain during pregnancy; and slightly associated with breastfeeding for six months or less. (2019-11-06)
The truth about misinformation
A new study shows why it is sometimes difficult for consumers to internalize retracted information from companies or news organizations. (2019-11-04)
Adding weight loss counseling to group visits improves diabetes outcomes
For people with difficult-to-control diabetes, adding intensive weight management counseling to group medical visits provided extra health benefits beyond improved blood-sugar control, according to a study led by researchers at the Duke Diet & Fitness Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs. (2019-11-04)
Nanoparticle drug delivery provides pain relief and more effective opioid alternative in animal study
An international team of researchers has used nanoparticles to deliver a drug -- one that previously failed in clinical trials for pain -- into specific compartments of nerve cells, dramatically increasing its ability to treat pain in mice and rats. (2019-11-04)
Eye doctors prescribe fewer opioids without compromising pain control
After eye surgery, patients get more opioids than necessary, according to findings by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center published in JAMA Ophthalmology. (2019-10-31)
Opioid prescribing and use drop significantly after state imposes regulations
A state-mandated policy restricting opioid prescriptions along with increased public awareness and education about the opioid epidemic preceded drastic reductions in opioid prescribing and use for surgical patients at the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) without impacting patient satisfaction with their postoperative pain management. (2019-10-29)
Bed time is the best time to take blood pressure medication
People with high blood pressure who take all their anti-hypertensive medication in one go at bedtime have better controlled blood pressure and a significantly lower risk of death or illness caused by heart or blood vessel problems, compared to those who take their medication in the morning, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. (2019-10-22)
Little evidence common antidepressant is effective in autism spectrum disorders
A new study has found there is little evidence that a widely used antidepressant is effective at reducing obsessive compulsive behaviors in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. (2019-10-22)
Smartphone app reminds heart patients to take their pills
Heart patients using a smartphone app reminder are more likely to take their medication than those who receive written instructions, according to a study presented at the 45th Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2019). (2019-10-19)
Mindfulness may reduce opioid cravings, study finds
People suffering from opioid addiction and chronic pain may have fewer cravings and less pain if they use both mindfulness techniques and medication for opioid dependence, according to Rutgers and other researchers. (2019-10-15)
Non-pharmacologic treatments may be more effective for psychiatric symptoms of dementia
A systematic review and meta-analysis, led by St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto and the University of Calgary, suggests outdoor activities were more clinically effective than anti-psychotic medication for treating physical aggression in patients with dementia. (2019-10-14)
More evidence linking common bladder medication to a vision-threatening eye condition
A drug widely prescribed for a bladder condition for decades, now appears to be toxic to the retina, the light sensing tissue at the back of the eye that allows us to see. (2019-10-12)
Overcoming the blood-brain-barrier: Delivering therapeutics to the brain
For the first time, scientists have identified a simple way that can effectively transport medication into the brain - which could lead to improved treatments for neurological and neurodegenerative diseases. (2019-10-11)
Food insecure Canadian households may have trouble affording prescription medication
Food insecurity is linked to higher disease rates but not much is known about the reasons for this. (2019-10-11)
One in three young adults receive medication for opioid use disorder after overdose
A new study found that one in three young adults receive medication for opioid use disorder within 12 months of a non-fatal opioid overdose. (2019-10-08)
Pharmacists provide patient value in team-based care
As part of an innovative model being used at UNT Health Science Center, Dr. (2019-10-08)
Ingestible sensor allows patients to be independent but still supported during TB treatment
Ingestible sensor enables patients to take tuberculosis drugs independently and receive timely support from medical staff. (2019-10-04)
FODMAPs diet relieves symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease
New research from King's College London has found that a diet low in fermented carbohydrates has improved certain gut symptoms and improved health-related quality of life for sufferers of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). (2019-10-02)
One third of patients with severe asthma are taking harmful doses of oral steroids
A third of patients with severe asthma are taking harmful doses of oral steroids, according to a study of several thousand people in The Netherlands, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. (2019-10-01)
Heart, kidney disease risk factors for adverse effects from gout medication
Heart disease is an independent risk factor for severe adverse skin reactions in patients taking allopurinol, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-09-30)
Best medications to reduce drooling for those with developmental disability
A new study has revealed the most effective medications to reduce drooling in young people with a developmental disability, which can affect their socialisation, relationships and community life. (2019-09-30)
Long-acting injectable multi-drug implant shows promise for HIV prevention and treatment
UNC researchers have created an injectable multi-drug delivery system that is removable, biodegradable and effective for up to a year in some cases. (2019-09-20)
Medications underused in treating opioid addiction, Mayo Clinic expert says
Though research shows that medication-assisted treatment can help people who are addicted to opioids, the three drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are underused, according to a review of current medical data on opioid addiction in the U.S. (2019-09-19)
Electric pill bottles and text messaging not enough to affect blood pressure control
Blood pressure levels in patients with hypertension did not improve when patients took part in automated texting or were given electronic pill bottles. (2019-09-17)
Academics call for structured drug monitoring in care homes
Swansea University academics call for policy makers, regulators and healthcare professionals to adopt a structured medicine monitoring system after research showed a positive impact on the care of people living in care homes and taking mental health medicines. (2019-09-12)
Teens with opioid use disorder may benefit from medication treatment
Although the effectiveness of medications to treat adults with opioid use disorder has been well established, there has been little research about how -- or even if -- such treatment works in adolescents. (2019-09-11)
Opioid treatment for teens? Medications can help
Teens who misuse prescription or illicit opioids might benefit from opioid treatment medications, according to a new study led by a Yale researcher. (2019-09-11)
Village women prove effective at tackling Indonesia's growing killer
Women from villages in rural Indonesia are playing a key role in detecting and preventing the most common cause of death in Indonesia, cardiovascular disease, with the use of smart phones. (2019-09-09)
Dietary supplement may help with schizophrenia
A dietary supplement, sarcosine, may help with schizophrenia as part of a holistic approach complementing antipsychotic medication, according to a UCL researcher. (2019-09-09)
Medication adherence may affect risk of hospitalization and early death
A recent analysis of published studies examined the clinical consequences of medication adherence. (2019-09-05)
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