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Hospital improves on-time administration of medication to Parkinson patients
Amsterdam, NL, July 9, 2020 - Timely administration of anti-Parkinson drugs is a significant issue for hospitalized patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) with late or missed doses resulting in longer stays and worse outcomes. (2020-07-09)
Injections are two-and-a-half times safer when nurses use revamped guidelines
Injections are two-and-a-half times safer when nurses use revamped guidelines. (2020-07-06)
Why don't confused patients call medicines helplines after discharge from hospital?
Research from the University of Bath in the UK suggests the best medicine-related support comes from hospital pharmacists, yet few discharged patients use helplines set up for this purpose. (2020-07-01)
Effect of ultrasound renal denervation after crossover from sham in RADIANCE-HTN SOLO
Control of hypertension represents an unmet need globally, and RDN is an 'adherence-independent' adjunctive therapy to medications. (2020-06-25)
BU study: High deductible health plans are widening racial health gaps
The growing Black Lives Matter movement has brought more attention to the myriad structures that reinforce racial inequities, in everything from policing to hiring to maternal mortality. (2020-06-24)
Nearly 70% of patients make personal or financial sacrifices to afford medications
The 2020 Medication Access Report uncovers the impact of common medication access challenges, including those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and assesses how the market is responding to these challenges with tools that inform medication decisions, streamline administrative tasks and support remote healthcare. (2020-06-23)
Young people with early psychosis may not require antipsychotic medications to recover
Researchers at Orygen have found that some young people with early stage first episode psychosis (FEP) can experience reduced symptoms and improve functioning without antipsychotic medication when they are provided with psychological interventions and comprehensive case management. (2020-06-17)
Adult stem cell study shows fish oil may help with depression
A study published in Molecular Psychiatry shows that patient-derived adult stem cells can be used to model major depressive disorder and test how a patient may respond to medication and that fish oil, when tested in the model, created an antidepressant response. (2020-06-11)
Blood pressure medications help even the frailest elderly people live longer
Taking prescription blood pressure medication helped even the frailest elderly patients live longer, according to a large study in Italy. (2020-06-08)
Research tackles hidden 'tablet overload' as COVID isolation fears grow
New research provides a roadmap to help the millions of older Britons struggling with 'shopping lists' of medication, as fears grow that the current coronavirus lockdown could be further isolating the most vulnerable. (2020-06-04)
New test method can offer safer dosages of hydroxychloroquine
Researchers at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital have developed a new method to measure levels of the medication hydroxychloroquine in patients with the rheumatic disease systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). (2020-06-01)
Adherence to oral diabetes drugs may improve survival in diabetics with colorectal cancer
Among patients with both colorectal cancer and diabetes in Korea, those who had a high adherence to their oral diabetes medication had a significantly reduced risk of overall mortality compared with those with lower adherence. (2020-06-01)
Electronic health records fail to detect up to 33% of medication errors
Despite improvements in their performance over the past decade, electronic health records (EHRs) commonly used in hospitals nationwide fail to detect up to one in three potentially harmful drug interactions and other medication errors, according to scientists at University of Utah Health, Harvard University, and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. (2020-05-29)
Study finds large disparities in use of medications for opioid use disorder in pregnancy
Black non-Hispanic and Hispanic women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are significantly less likely to receive or to consistently use any medication to treat their opioid use disorder during pregnancy than their white non-Hispanic counterparts, Mass General researchers have found. (2020-05-27)
Mechanism underlying the development of diabetes and fatty liver illuminated
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a chronic liver disease often associated with diabetes. (2020-05-22)
Women in criminal justice system less likely to receive treatment for opioid use
Pregnant women involved in the criminal justice system are disproportionately not receiving medications for opioid use disorder, as compared to their peers, according to a Vanderbilt-led study published today in PLOS Medicine. (2020-05-19)
Why some people are more prone to anxiety
Anxiety-prone people can blame serotonin cleanup proteins gone awry in their amygdala, according to research in marmosets recently published in JNeurosci. (2020-05-11)
Financial incentives boost doctor training in opioid treatment medication
Offering $750 to emergency medicine physicians exponentially increased those trained to prescribe buprenorphine. (2020-05-05)
Nearly one-third of primary care providers do not view medication treatment for opioid use disorder as effective
A new survey of US primary care physicians from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that nearly one-third, 32.9 percent, do not think treating opioid use disorder with medication is any more effective than treatment without medication. (2020-04-29)
AAN updates recommendation on closure of common heart defect after stroke
New guidance from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) concludes that closure of a common heart defect called a patent foramen ovale (PFO) may be recommended for some people who have had a stroke. (2020-04-29)
Study reveals pharmacy-level barriers to treatment for opioid use disorder in Appalachian Kentucky
A new study led by University of Kentucky researcher April Young and Emory University researcher Hannah Cooper shows that a number of pharmacies in the Appalachian region of Kentucky are limiting the dispensing of buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). (2020-04-28)
Study finds racial disparities in the management of pain reduction for minority children
Pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking emergency department (ED) care, yet is often poorly assessed and treated. (2020-04-20)
Hospitalizations down once power plants retired coal or installed better emission controls
After four Louisville, Kentucky, coal-fired power plants either retired coal as their energy source or installed stricter emissions controls, local residents' asthma symptoms and asthma-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits dropped dramatically, according to research published in Nature Energy this week by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Propeller Health, and partners. (2020-04-13)
Coercive measures are still frequently used in psychiatric care
The use of coercive measures in psychiatric care has decreased over the past years. (2020-04-01)
Managing negative thoughts helps combat depression in Parkinson's patients
People with Parkinson's disease who engage in cognitive behavioral therapy -- a form of psychotherapy that increases awareness of negative thinking and teaches coping skills -- are more likely to overcome depression and anxiety, according to a Rutgers study. (2020-04-01)
Study helps to identify medications which are safe to use in treatment of COVID-19
A recent study has found that there is no evidence for or against the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for patients with COVID-19. (2020-03-30)
Factors associated with discontinuation of erectile dysfunction treatment
The factors associated with men ending treatment for erectile dysfunction have been reviewed in a study published in IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal. (2020-03-30)
Doctors urged to reconsider controversial acne drug
Acne treatment including the highly effective acne medication isotretinoin should be made more readily available despite reports of its association with depression and teen suicide, a study recommends. (2020-03-16)
Giving common muscle relaxant via nose shows potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases
Delivering the medication dantrolene through the nose rather than the mouth may help the medication penetrate the brain more effectively, potentially maximizing its therapeutic benefits in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's disease. (2020-03-11)
Opioid use disorder medications improve health outcomes after endocarditis hospitalization
Starting medication to treat opioid use disorder within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital due to injection drug use-related endocarditis -- a type of serious heart infection -- improves health outcomes, a new study shows. (2020-02-27)
Mortality decreased with further treatment for opioid use disorder after detox
A new study shows that people with opioid use disorder who enter inpatient medically managed withdrawal treatment (detox) do not usually receive further treatment, including medication for opioid use disorder or additional inpatient treatment. (2020-02-25)
Medication treatments led to 80% lower risk of fatal overdose for patients with opioid use disorder
Patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) receiving treatment with opioid agonists (medications such as methadone or buprenorphine) had an 80 percent lower risk of dying from an opioid overdose compared to patients in treatment without the use of medications. (2020-02-25)
PA school nurses on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic
As opioid overdoses continue to grab headlines, more states are providing their communities with easier access to naloxone, which can prevent death by reversing opioid overdoses. (2020-02-24)
Researchers say extended antidepressant use creates physical dependence
Researchers explain symptoms associated with Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome and provide a schedule for tapering various classes of antidepressants. (2020-02-20)
Diabetes patients who use online tools manage disease better
In a study published in JAMA Network Open today, Kaiser Permanente scientists report that diabetes patients who used the Kaiser Permanente patient portal and mobile phone app improved their diabetes management outcomes. (2020-02-19)
Certain factors linked with discontinuing breast cancer therapy
For women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, long-term endocrine therapy can greatly reduce the risk of recurrence. (2020-02-19)
As out-of-pocket costs for neurologic medications rise, people less likely to take them
As out-of-pocket costs go up for drugs for the neurologic disorders Alzheimer's disease, peripheral neuropathy and Parkinson's disease, people are less likely to take the drugs as often as their doctors prescribed, according to a study funded by the American Academy of Neurology and published in the Feb. (2020-02-19)
Help with medication reduces hospital admissions in older patients -- study
People aged 65 years and over are less likely to be readmitted to hospital if they are given help with their medication for three months after discharge, new research from the University of Bradford has found. (2020-02-19)
Endocrine Society updates osteoporosis Clinical Practice Guideline
The Endocrine Society today announced an update to its osteoporosis Clinical Practice Guideline to include recommendations for romosozumab, a new medication that was approved last year to treat postmenopausal women at high risk of fracture. (2020-02-18)
Research suggests no difference in morning versus evening dosing for warfarin
Patients taking warfarin to reduce the risk of stroke and pulmonary embolisms are often advised to take the medication in the evening. (2020-02-18)
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