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Study highlights lack of patient knowledge regarding hospital medications
In a new study to asses patient awareness of medications prescribed during a hospital visit, 44 percent of patients believed they were receiving a medication they were not, and 96 percent were unable to recall the name of at least one medication that they had been prescribed during hospitalization. These findings are published today in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. (2009-12-10)

US emergency departments face serious drug shortages
A new study reveals that drug shortages affecting emergency care have skyrocketed in the United States in recent years. While the prevalence of such shortages fell from 2002 to 2007; the number of shortages sharply increased by 373 percent (from 26 to 123) from 2008 to 2014. (2016-01-04)

Acid suppression medications linked to serious gastrointestinal infections
In a population-based study from Scotland, use of commonly-prescribed acid suppression medications such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) was linked with an increased risk of intestinal infections with C. difficile and Campylobacter bacteria, which can cause considerable illness. (2017-01-05)

Disease over-diagnosis can result in needlessly medicating infants
In a new study, MU Psychology Professor Laura Scherer found that when physicians label common symptoms in infants, such as crying and spitting up, as (2013-04-02)

Study estimates misuse of prescribed opioids in the United States
A new Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety study estimates the prevalence and risk factors for self-reported misuse of prescribed opioids in the general adult population. (2019-02-06)

Is use of prescription medications with depression as possible side effect common?
More than one-third of US adults may use prescription medications that have depression as a possible side effect. (2018-06-12)

Sex, drugs, and heart failure
Heart failure is almost as common in women as men, but its characteristics vary by sex. A new review summarizes the current state of sex-sensitive issues related to heart failure drugs included in treatment guidelines, and suggests future directions for improved care. (2018-06-22)

1 in 10 children using cough, cold medications
Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center have found that approximately one in ten US children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week. These findings appear in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics. (2008-08-04)

Cholesterol medications linked to lower cancer-related deaths in women
Among women with breast cancer, colorectal cancer, or melanoma, those who were taking cholesterol-lowering medications, were less likely to die from cancer, according to an analysis published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. (2020-10-21)

A psychoanalytic hypothesis concerning the therapeutic action of SSRI medications
Psychoanalysts are said to listen to their patients as no other students of mind/brain, yet have offered no interpretation of the therapeutic benefits of highly effective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications. (2002-10-28)

Electronic prescribing of high-risk meds may contribute to falls in elderly
Certain medications are considered high risk in elders. In a recent study of 287 individuals ?65 years who experienced a fall while hospitalized at an urban academic hospital, 62 percent of falls occurred in patients in whom high risk medications had been administered within the 24 hours before the fall. (2016-11-28)

Many older adults discharged from the hospital receive inappropriate prescriptions
In a British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study of 259 older adults discharged from a general medical hospital, more than 4 in 5 patients were issued a potentially inappropriate prescription containing at least 1 potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) or potential prescribing omission (PPO). (2018-05-11)

What teens don't know about OTC medications can hurt them
Teens, who are starting to make more decisions about their own health care, may not know enough about over-the-counter pain medications to avoid complications or inadvertent misuse, according to new University of Rochester Medical Center research presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting. (2009-05-04)

1 in 10 children using cough, cold medications
Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center have found that approximately one in ten US children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week. These findings will be presented today at the 2008 Pediatric Academic Societies' & Asian Society for Pediatric Research Joint Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. (2008-05-03)

Antipsychotic medications linked to brain injuries in individuals with Alzheimer's disease
New findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reveal that use of antipsychotic medications was associated with an increased risk of head injuries in a study of individuals with Alzheimer's disease. (2020-01-08)

Smell may outlast other senses
While eyesight and hearing deteriorate markedly during the normal aging process, new research suggests the sense of smell may actually last longer in otherwise healthy individuals. (2007-02-07)

Teens prescribed anxiety, sleep medications likelier to illegally abuse them later
The medical community may be inadvertently creating a new generation of illegal, recreational drug users by prescribing anti-anxiety or sleep medications to teenagers, say University of Michigan researchers. (2014-11-24)

Pilot study looks at medication safety in US homes
Nearly 30 percent of homes with young children have acetaminophen products stored unsafely, and nearly all homes included at least one expired medication, according to a research abstract presented Monday, Oct. 17, at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in Boston. (2011-10-17)

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. An estimated 900 adolescents started to misuse opioid painkillers every day in 2017, and some of them turned to cheaper and more potent illegal opioids like heroin. Yet little is known about the effectiveness of opioid medications -- the recommended treatment for adults with opioid use disorder -- in teens who are younger than 18. (2019-09-11)

Adults who struggle to follow heart medication regimens should focus on behavior change
A University of Missouri researcher found that interventions to encourage patients to take their medications as prescribed were most effective when focused on changing the behavior of patients rather than the behavior of health care providers. (2015-04-01)

CCNY-led study finds differing treatment options for women smokers
A new study led by Assistant Medical Professor Philip Smith of The City College of New York's Sophie Davis Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine, and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Yale University and Yeshiva University, found important differences between women and men in their ability to quit smoking when taking medications commonly prescribed to help smokers quit. (2016-07-13)

Integrating medication regimens into daily routines can improve adherence
In a new article, University of Missouri researchers say medication non-adherence interventions should be based on a personal systems approach that focuses on integrating medication taking into daily routines and involving supportive people who encourage taking medications correctly. (2011-09-19)

Social work expert authors vital handbook for mental health professionals
They're on the front lines of treatment, but they're not prescribing the medications. A new handbook by University of Cincinnati social work director Sophia Dziegielewski holds valuable information for social workers, family therapists and counselors who work with clients who take medications for their mental health. (2006-10-04)

New Medicare plan 'doughnut hole' to affect seriously ill seniors
The new Medicare plan aims to lower the personal cost of prescription medications to many older adults. Research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that for those patients with more serious illnesses, the out of pocket costs for those medications will still be high. The more advanced drugs used to treat these diseases are far more expensive and often elevate the patient into the (2006-05-17)

Medications plus dental materials may equal infection for diabetic patients
What many diabetic patients may not know is that the medications that help control healthy insulin levels may lead to unexpected events at the dentist's office. According to a study in the November/December 2007 issue of General Dentistry, the AGD's clinical, peer-reviewed journal, diabetic patients especially need to communicate special needs to their dentists. This is due to harmful interactions that could occur because of the materials and medications used at dental appointments. (2008-03-12)

Cardiac patients given longer prescriptions at discharge more likely to continue taking medication
Elderly cardiac patients prescribed heart medications for 60 days or more after leaving hospital have four times the odds of adhering to the drug regime than patients prescribed the same medications for 30 days, according to research conducted at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Women's College Hospital. (2013-06-28)

ADHD medications linked to cardiac problems in children with hereditary heart disease
Long QT syndrome (LQTS), a rare hereditary heart condition, can lead to life-threatening arrhythmias, or fast heartbeat irregularities. New research indicates that children with LQTS who take medications for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at increased risk of experiencing heart-related problems--especially syncope, or the loss of consciousness. (2015-07-06)

Study finds that most older adults are aware of medication risks
Most older adults are aware of medication risks, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2017-09-18)

Study: Diabetic medication may protect patients from developing heart failure
A class of medications commonly prescribed to lower blood sugar in diabetic patients appears to protect them from developing heart failure, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. (2013-03-10)

Groundbreaking national alcoholism study at Yale seeks participants
Yale is one of 11 universities across the country participating in the first national study to determine the most effective current treatments for alcoholism by evaluating various combinations of counseling and medications. The Combining Medications and Behavioral Interventions (COMBINE) study was launched by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, in January, 2001. (2001-10-30)

Avoiding medications that promote weight gain when managing obesity
While diet, exercise and behavior modification are essential components of obesity management, a successful long-term weight loss strategy should also include avoiding or minimizing medication-related weight gain, according to a new report from Weill Cornell Medicine. (2017-02-13)

Changing behavior helps patients take medication as prescribed
Researchers at the University of Missouri found that applying behavior changing strategies, such as using pill boxes or reducing the number of daily doses, can improve patients' abilities to take their medications as required. (2009-10-26)

Hyperactivity: Increased prevalence of children with ADHD and the use of stimulants
A new study from the University of Montreal shows an increase in prevalence of Canadian children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and in the use of medications associated with ADHD in school-age children. (2012-03-05)

Could poor stomach absorption of drugs reduce autism medications' effectiveness?
Recent research has revealed that many children and adults with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms and that such symptoms can impact the absorption and availability of medications. (2014-09-02)

Researchers fight America's 'other drug problem'
Non-adherence to medications costs thousands of lives and billions of dollars each year in the United States alone, according to the New England Healthcare Institute. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have developed an intervention strategy that is three times more effective than previously studied techniques at improving adherence in patients. (2010-11-17)

Double-checking diabetes medications may reduce re-hospitalizations
In a paper to be published in the Diabetes Care journal, Brigham and Women's Hospital physician Alexander Turchin, M.D., MS, and his colleagues assessed medication reconciliation programs at BWH and Massachusetts General Hospital, and found that they seem to be working. (2018-06-11)

Cognitive impairment link found in older adults taking popular stomach acid medications
Long-term use of histamine2 receptor antagonists, one class of drugs that blocks stomach acid, may be associated with cognitive impairment in older African-American adults. According to an Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, the risk for showing signs of cognitive impairment is 2.5 times greater for patients using these medications long-term. (2007-08-03)

Medications could fill treatment gap for adolescents with obesity
Twelve independent pediatric obesity medicine and surgery specialists, led by experts at Boston Medical Center, outline an urgent need for evidence-based guidance on the use of obesity pharmacotherapy for adolescents in the Obesity research journal. (2019-01-25)

Among older adults, prescription and over-the-counter medications are commonly used together
A survey suggests that nearly half of older adults in the US use prescription and over-the-counter medications together, and that about 4 percent of older adults are potentially at risk of an adverse drug reaction because of an interaction between medications, according to a study in the Dec. 24/31 issue of JAMA. The researchers also found that nearly 30 percent use at least five prescription medications. (2008-12-23)

Many childhood brain tumor survivors experience seizures
New research reveals that seizures are frequent in childhood brain tumor survivors. (2015-09-08)

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