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BU researchers find opioid prescriptions linked to obesity
Two new studies from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United States. (2020-04-02)
Limited supply may scupper proposals to use antimalarials to ward off Covid-19
Limited global supplies may scupper proposals to use the antimalarial drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, to lessen the symptoms of Covid-19 infection or ward it off altogether, say Italian doctors in a letter published online today in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. (2020-04-02)
Two types of diabetes drugs similarly effective in reducing heart and kidney disease
Two newer types of medications commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes are similar in their ability to reduce major heart complications, including heart attack, stroke and death from cardiovascular disease, according to research accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, and publication in a special supplemental section of the Journal of the Endocrine Society. (2020-03-31)
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)
UC identifies populations most at risk of opiate addiction
UC's Health Geography and Disease Modeling Laboratory found that white males ages 30 to 39 were most at risk of fatal overdoses in Ohio. (2020-03-19)
Bristol pioneers use of VR for designing new drugs
Researchers at the University of Bristol are pioneering the use of virtual reality (VR) as a tool to design the next generation of drug treatments. (2020-03-11)
Popular painkiller ibuprofen affects liver enzymes in mice
The popular painkiller ibuprofen may have more significant effects on the liver than previously thought, according to new research from UC Davis. (2020-03-11)
The inactivated human receptor will help to create effective drugs
Scientists from China and Russia found a new way of searching for new drug candidates by inactivating the molecular structure of the human muscarinic receptor and applying screening to find drugs that it responds to. (2020-03-11)
On the path toward non-addictive painkillers
Opioid-containing painkillers have severe side effects and have also been associated with extensive misuse, particularly in the United States. (2020-03-03)
Drug prices rose 3x faster than inflation over last decade, even after discounts
The net cost of prescription drugs -- meaning sticker price minus manufacturer discounts -- rose over three times faster than the rate of inflation over the course of a decade, according to a study published today in JAMA. (2020-03-03)
New study: Low back and neck pain tops us health spending
Seeing a physician or other health specialist for low back and neck pain? (2020-03-03)
New research reveals pharma companies are more profitable than most S&P 500 companies
Large pharmaceutical companies are more profitable than most companies in the S&P 500 according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2020-03-03)
Drug development for rare diseases affecting children is increasing
The number of treatments for rare diseases affecting children has increased, a new study suggests. (2020-03-03)
Drug interactions with cannabinoids: 5 things to know
A practice article provides 5 things to know on how drugs can interact with cannabinoids in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2020-03-02)
Study shows rising age of first drug use in teens, young adults
The average age at which teens and young adults start using drugs has been rising, according to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics. (2020-03-02)
Study: The opioid crisis may be far worse than we thought
New research appearing in the journal Addiction shows that the number of deaths attributed to opioid-related overdoses could be 28% higher than reported due to incomplete death records. (2020-02-27)
Understanding the link between nicotine use and misuse of 'benzos'
Lately, misuse of prescription benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam or Xanax, and diazepam or Valium) has been linked to nicotine use. (2020-02-26)
Opioids for chronic non-cancer pain doubled in quarter century
A review of 24 years of global research has shown opioid prescribing doubled between 1991-2015, with demand most common for chronic conditions such as chronic lower back pain, finds University of Sydney-led research. (2020-02-25)
Study: Patients commonly prescribed opioids and antibiotics for dental conditions at EDs
A study in the March issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that antibiotics and opioids are frequently prescribed during emergency department visits for dental conditions, further emphasizing the need for continued efforts to combat both opioid abuse and overuse of antibiotics. (2020-02-24)
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)
Cancer screening among women prescribed opioids
US women who take prescription opioids are no less likely to receive key cancer screenings when compared to women who are not prescribed opioids. (2020-02-18)
After free lunch from drug firms, doctors increase prescriptions
Doctors prescribe more branded medications after marketing visits by the makers of those drugs, new research co-authored by a Cornell University economist confirms. (2020-02-17)
Benefits and barriers of prescription drug lists for asthma medications
A new study led by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute examines the benefits and barriers of Prescription Drug List coverage for preventive asthma medications. (2020-02-13)
Per-Person Health Care Spending Grew 18% from 2014 to 2018, Driven Mostly by Prices
Average employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) spending rose to $5,892 per person in 2018, according to the Health Care Cost Institute's annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report, which analyzes 2.5 billion medical claims to inform the public about trends affecting approximately 160 million US individuals with employer-sponsored insurance. (2020-02-13)
Middle-aged adults worried about health insurance costs now, uncertain for future
Health insurance costs weigh heavily on the minds of many middle-aged adults, and many are worried for what they'll face in retirement or if federal health policies change, according to a new study. (2020-02-07)
How runaway healthcare costs are a threat to older adults and what to do about it
Empowering Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices, accelerating the adoption of value-based care, using philanthropy as a catalyst for reform and expanding senior-specific models of care are among recommendations for reducing healthcare costs published in a new special report and supplement to the Winter 2019-20 edition of Generations, the journal of the American Society of Aging (ASA). (2020-02-06)
Healthy habits still vital after starting blood pressure, cholesterol medications
Heart-healthy lifestyle habits are always recommended whether blood pressure or cholesterol medications are prescribed or not, yet many patients let healthy habits slip after starting the prescription drugs. (2020-02-05)
Choosing common pain relievers: It's complicated
About 29 million Americans use over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain. (2020-02-05)
More than half of US opioid prescriptions for dental procedures exceeded 3-day supply recommendations from CDC 2016 guidelines
Dentists are among top prescribers of opioids in the US, however, whether their opioid prescribing exceeds guidance had not been investigated. (2020-02-04)
More than half of dental prescriptions for opioids exceed pain-management guidelines
A new study suggests that roughly half of the opioid prescriptions written by dentists in the United States exceed the 3-day supply recommended by federal dental pain-management guidelines. (2020-02-04)
New discovery provides hope for improved multiple sclerosis therapies
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made an important discovery that could lead to more effective treatments for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. (2020-02-04)
Invest in social equity to improve health for low-income people
Canada must invest in social spending and recognize that our health care system is not 'universal' if Canadians living in low-income neighborhoods are to have the same chance of good health as other Canadians, argues an editorial in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2020-02-03)
Kids diagnosed with ADHD often don't take medication regularly
Children diagnosed with ADHD inconsistently take their prescribed medication, going without treatment 40 per cent of the time, a new study has found. (2020-02-03)
Natural herb kratom may have therapeutic effects and relatively low potential for abuse or harm, according to a user survey
Using results of a survey of more than 2,700 self-reported users of the herbal supplement kratom, sold online and in smoke shops around the U.S., Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that the psychoactive compound somewhat similar to opioids likely has a lower rate of harm than prescription opioids for treating pain, anxiety, depression and addiction. (2020-02-03)
UC study shows dramatic increase in naloxone dispensing in Ohio
A new study by pharmacy researchers at the University of Cincinnati shows a 2,328% increase in the number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed in Ohio. (2020-01-31)
How HIV develops resistance to key drugs discovered
The mechanism behind how HIV can develop resistance to a widely-prescribed group of drugs has been uncovered by new research from the Crick and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, with the findings opening the door to the development of more effective treatments. (2020-01-30)
Mixed chimerism improves long-term kidney transplant outlook
Mixed chimerism - the continued mixing of donor and recipient blood cells following a transplant of blood progenitor cells - could improve outcomes for kidney transplant recipients, according to a new clinical study in about 50 patients. (2020-01-29)
UCI researchers identify a connection between early life adversity and opioid addiction
Individuals with a history of early life adversity (ELA) are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction. (2020-01-24)
Program reduces narcotic prescriptions after surgery with over-the-counter pain medicine
Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital are stemming the tide of addiction to prescription opioids by managing patients' pain after surgery. (2020-01-22)
Controlled-release opioid may be leading to heart infections in persons who inject drugs
A new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University suggests that injection drug users prescribed controlled-release hydromorphone are three times more likely to develop endocarditis, a serious bacterial heart infection, when compared to those prescribed other opioids. (2020-01-22)
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