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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)
Researchers find alarming risk for people coming off chronic opioid prescriptions
A recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found an alarming outcome: Patients coming off opioids for pain were three times more likely to die of an overdose in the years that followed. (2019-09-05)
New medication may be able to improve effects of psychological treatment for PTSD
A medication that boosts the body's own cannabis-like substances, endocannabinoids, shows promise to help the brain un-learn fear memories when these are no longer meaningful. (2019-08-29)
The technology behind Bitcoin may improve the medications of the future
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have developed a prototype of an app that may potentially prescribe the optimal dose of medicine for the individual patient, as well as prevent counterfeit products. (2019-08-23)
Study suggests weight loss regardless of psychiatric medication use
A new Canadian study suggests that individuals who take anti-depressants and/or anti-psychotics and participate in a weight management program can lose weight whether or not they take psychiatric medications, according to a report published online today in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society. (2019-08-23)
Study explores barriers of access and acceptability for treatment of opioid use disorder
In an effort to find ways to improve long-term outcomes for people with opioid use disorder, University of Massachusetts Amherst epidemiology researcher Elizabeth Evans set out to study the obstacles to treating this chronic condition with an effective medication, buprenorphine-naloxone. (2019-08-21)
Increasing blood pressure medications at hospital discharge may pose serious risk
Increasing medications for blood pressure when discharging older patients from the hospital may pose a greater risk of falls, fainting and acute kidney injury that outweighs the potential benefits, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and the affiliated San Francisco VA Health Care System. (2019-08-19)
Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medications effectively lower high triglycerides
Four grams per day of prescription omega-3 fatty acid medication effectively lower high triglyceride levels, but identification of secondary causes of high triglycerides, such as hypothyroidism and poorly managed type 2 diabetes as well as lifestyle changes should be addressed before prescribing drugs. (2019-08-19)
Children with mild asthma can use inhalers as needed
A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-08-16)
Charcoal-based drug delivery system improves efficacy of common herpes drug
A study led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that combining acyclovir -- a commonly prescribed topical herpes medication -- with particles of activated carbon improves efficacy of the drug. (2019-08-14)
Sorting out who needs a pill sorter
Researchers have developed guidance to help prescribers and pharmacists decide which patients should use a pill organizer. (2019-08-07)
Chemotherapy drugs react differently to radiation while in water
In a new study in EPJ D, researchers at the Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck, in Innsbruck, Austria studied the way various molecules, found in chemotherapy drugs, react to ionization by radiation similar to that used in cancer treatment. (2019-08-07)
Brain stimulation for PTSD patients
University of Houston assistant professor of electrical engineering Rose T. (2019-08-07)
The impacts of smoking on patients with ulcerative colitis
Because smokers are less likely to develop ulcerative colitis (UC), a type of inflammatory bowel disease, patients with UC may be tempted to start smoking to lessen their symptoms. (2019-08-07)
Psychotherapy should be first-line treatment for depression in young people, trial finds
Young people seeking support for depression should be offered psychotherapy as the first line of treatment, a clinical trial by researchers at Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has found. (2019-07-31)
Smart brain stimulators: Next-gen Parkinson's disease therapy
Researchers at the University of Houston have found neuro biomarkers for Parkinson's disease that can help create the next generation of 'smart' deep brain stimulators, able to respond to specific needs of Parkinson's disease patients. (2019-07-29)
Some pharmacists missing mark on therapeutic guidelines: QUT study
A study by researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, of more than 200 pharmacies has raised concerns that some are not adhering to therapeutic guidelines when distributing pharmaceuticals. (2019-07-18)
Cannabis treatment counters addiction: First study of its kind
An Australian study has demonstrated that cannabis-based medication helps tackle dependency on cannabis, one of the most widely used drugs globally. (2019-07-15)
Redesign of opioid medication management shows impact in rural clinics
In rural practice, a system redesign resulted in declines in the proportion of patients on high dose opioids and the number of patients receiving opioids. (2019-07-10)
Symptom-triggered medication for neonatal opioid withdrawal yields shorter hospital stays
A study led by researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) found that symptom-triggered medication dosing for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome instead of infants receiving a fixed schedule of medication with a long taper reduced the length of their hospital stay. (2019-07-09)
BU researchers: Allowing the sale of buprenorphine without a prescription could save lives
In an effort to address the opioid epidemic in new, safe and effective ways, increasing access to buprenorphine, without a prescription, could prove helpful for treating persons with opioid use disorder (OUD), according to a Viewpoint in this week's JAMA. (2019-07-08)
Hospitals address opioid crisis via stewardship with strong pharmacist involvement
A survey of health-system pharmacy directors released today found that most large health systems have active stewardship programs to prevent the misuse of opioids -- with pharmacists playing a key role. (2019-07-03)
Many grandparents' medicines not secure enough around grandchildren, poll suggests
Whether it's a rare treat or a weekly routine, many older adults enjoy spending time with grandchildren. (2019-07-01)
Migraine increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth
Pregnant women with migraine have an increased risk of miscarriage, caesarean sections and giving birth to a child with low birth weight. (2019-06-26)
Common antidepressants interact with opioid med to lessen pain relief
Common antidepressants interact with the opioid pain medication tramadol to make it less effective for pain relief, according to a study published in the journal Pharmacotherapy. (2019-06-25)
Commonly prescribed drugs could increase the risk of dementia, says a new study
New research suggests that regular use of certain types of commonly prescribed drugs used to treat bladder conditions, Parkinson's disease and depression, could significantly increase the risk of dementia in later life. (2019-06-24)
EHR medication lists lack accuracy, may threaten patient safety
Almost 1 in 4 medications were mismatched between the clinician's notes and the formal medication list in a patient's electronic medical record, according to study of ophthalmic medications by Kellogg Eye Center. (2019-06-20)
Implanted drug 'reservoir' safely reduces injections for people with macular degeneration
In a clinical trial of 220 people with 'wet' age-related macular degeneration, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, collaborators from many sites across the country, and Genentech in South San Francisco have added to evidence that using a new implant technology that continuously delivers medication into the eyes is safe and effective in helping maintain vision and reduces the need for injections in the eyes. (2019-06-13)
Parents of depressed teens in treatment may also benefit from counseling
Parents often seek mental health treatment for a child struggling with depression, but the treatment shouldn't stop with the depressed teen, suggests a new Northwestern Medicine study. (2019-06-06)
Alzheimer's therapy may help overcome opioid addiction
Clinical trial results reveal that a medication used to treat Alzheimer's disease may also be an effective therapy for individuals addicted to opioids. (2019-06-05)
Study examines potential misuse of anti-anxiety medication
There is concern about the misuse of the sedative anti-anxiety medication alprazolam (Xanax) because of the 'high' it can create. (2019-06-05)
Beta blockers reduce stress-induced irregular heart rhythm
Taking beta blockers -- medications that reduce blood pressure and treat many heart conditions -- can blunt the negative effects of stress and anger on people with a history of atrial fibrillation, or irregular heart rhythm, said Yale researchers. (2019-06-04)
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