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No more tough pills to swallow

January 29, 2020

Taking medicine can be a tough pill to swallow – literally. For people who have difficulty swallowing –…
Opioid Prescriptions Filled After Eye Surgery Doubled from 2000 to 2014

September 27, 2019

From 2000 to 2014, rates of filled opioid prescriptions after eye surgery rose considerably, despite reduced invasiveness of…
Old Drugs in Your Medicine Cabinet? Here’s What to Do with Them

September 11, 2019

They’re haunting the back of your medicine cabinet like the Ghosts of Illnesses Past. Pain pills your doctor…
Opioid doctor and pharmacy ‘shoppers’ may also shop at home, study suggests

May 13, 2019

As states crack down on doctor and pharmacy “shopping” by people who misuse opioids, a new study reveals…
GPs and pharmacists don’t have time to involve patients in medication reviews

February 21, 2019

GPs and pharmacists struggle to find the time to involve patients in medication reviews, despite National Institute for…
Want to cut down on your meds? Your pharmacist can help.

November 16, 2018

Pharmacists are pivotal in the process of deprescribing risky medications in seniors, leading many to stop taking unnecessary…
Vaccine injections may cause you some intense shoulder pain – have you heard about SIRVA?

October 29, 2018

Of course you should get flu shots and other important vaccines. They save lives and there is no…
Convenient pocket card aims to ensure people have medicine on hand when heart attack strikes

October 8, 2018

A brand new pocket card designed to hold life-saving heart attack medications—the brainchild of a University of Alberta…
Veterans Overtreated for Blood Pressure on Leaving Hospital

September 19, 2018

One in seven older veterans with hypertension is discharged with increased blood pressure medications, despite half of those…
Disadvantaged kids prescribed antipsychotic medication more often

May 17, 2018

A new study has shown that Australian children and teens from disadvantaged families are more likely to be…
Research Brief: Older adults often prescribed meds linked to higher side effect risks

April 4, 2018

Drugs with high-risk anticholinergic properties can lead to risks of developing serious adverse events, such as cognitive impairment,…
Social, public health services crucial in fight against HIV/AIDS

March 26, 2018

Patients at risk for HIV need to be linked to services—such as mental health and syringe exchange programs—that…
An improved anti-addiction medication

February 28, 2018

Drug addiction continues to plague vast numbers of people across the world, destroying and ending lives, while attempts…
Benefits of Smoking Cessation Medications Diminish Over Time

February 2, 2018

A new Tel Aviv University study published in Addictionfinds that only eight out of 100 smokers who take smoking cessation medications…
Does the Dose Make the Poison?

January 19, 2018

The possible link between physicians’ opioid prescription patterns and subsequent abuse has occupied the attention of a nation…
Common Acid Reflux Medications Promote Chronic Liver Disease

October 11, 2017

Approximately 10 percent of the general population take a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) drug to block stomach acid…
Expensive drug driving up Medicare expenditures without evidence of greater efficacy

September 12, 2017

Medicare spent more than $1 billion over a five-year period on a high-priced drug that has not been…
New tool developed to help avoid adverse drug reactions

February 23, 2017

Researchers at the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine, Alder Hey, University of Central Lancashire and University College London…
Standard of care anti-clotting drugs may be unnecessary for most surgery patients

January 26, 2017

As many as three out of four surgery patients could be receiving anti-clotting medications that they do not…
New capsule achieves long-term drug delivery

November 18, 2016

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a new drug capsule that remains in the…
Discovery could take the guesswork out of when meds will work best

November 17, 2016

An uncomfortable truth of modern medical science: chances are nobody knows whenyour drugs are working. This gap in…
New discovery could help oral medicines work better

November 6, 2016

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and The Dow Chemical Company have discovered a new…
Rx opioid poisonings nearly double among toddlers, teens

November 1, 2016

Thousands of children are hospitalized annually for prescription opioid poisonings, and in recent years, hospitalization rates have nearly…
Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Disrupted by Botanical Supplement, Can Lead to Development of Disease

October 11, 2016

Botanical supplements are used by people around the world to treat a wide range of physical and mental…
Drug to treat alcohol use disorder shows promise among drinkers with high stress

October 3, 2016

A new medication that targets part of the brain’s stress system may help reduce alcohol use in people…
Acetaminophen does not worsen children’s asthma symptoms

August 23, 2016

Pediatricians often recommend against giving the pain reliever and fever reducer acetaminophen to children with asthma because some…
Medicine is the one item you should never buy online, says expert

July 29, 2016

With the rise of on-demand delivery, prescription medicine joins the countless list of items that can be ordered…
Steroids help preserve kidney function, but at a cost, says major new global study

May 24, 2016

A medication used to treat one of the most common causes of kidney failure reduced the risks of kidney…
Breast Cancer Drug Found to Reduce Seizures

May 24, 2016

A class of drug that inhibits estrogen production and is used to treat breast cancer has been found…
Making injectable medicine safer

May 20, 2016

Bring the drugs, hold the suds. That summarizes a promising new drug-making technique designed to reduce serious allergic…
How to keep people on their heart disease medication

May 11, 2016

Helping patients with heart disease to take their medications may be as simple as sending a text or…
Bacteria remove pharmaceutical residue from waste water

May 3, 2016

Herning Vand is testing a new method that uses bacteria to remove pharmaceutical residue from household waste water.…
Smoking Cessation Drugs Do Not Elevate Risk of Serious Neuropsychiatric Adverse Effects

April 25, 2016

Compared to the nicotine patch and a placebo, the smoking cessation aids varenicline (marketed as Chantix in the…
Breakthrough allows drug delivery for brain diseases, cancers

April 5, 2016

Cornell researchers have discovered a way to open one of the major barriers to the brain, called the…
CPR study assesses two cardiac drugs’ survival impact

April 5, 2016

Certain heart rhythm medications, when given by paramedics to patients who had failed electrical shock treatments for out-of-hospital…
Antidepressants not associated with increased risk of cardiovascular conditions

March 23, 2016

Commonly used antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), are not associated with an increased risk of…
Fungal Pathogen Sheds Gene Silencing Machinery to Become More Dangerous

March 8, 2016

For more than a decade, a rare but potentially deadly fungus called Cryptococcus deuterogatti has taken up residence…
Medication use in older age increases the risk of death and frailty

February 3, 2016

We typically think that older people constantly have to use some sort of medication. And it is mostly…
Text messages are vital tool for increasing medication adherence in chronic disease patients

February 2, 2016

Text messages can double the odds of medication adherence in patients with chronic disease. That is the central…
Teen suicide: ADHD medication as prevention

February 2, 2016

Black-box warnings about the dangers of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications are confusing and could have serious consequences…
Medication use in older men linked to risk of death and frailty

February 1, 2016

Published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, the study supports previously reported risks of both long…
Cost-saving tool improves treatment for care home patients

February 1, 2016

A new online tool designed to improve medicine management in care homes in Wales could lead to “safer…
Anticholinergics may not be best choice for rehab patients with dementia

January 28, 2016

During rehabilitation following an acute hospital stay, medications that block neurotransmitters may be overprescribed to older patients suffering…
Scientists evaluate ADHD medicines to reduce highway crashes

January 11, 2016

University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers are determining whether an extended-release medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder…
Wired for Safety, Student Unveils Enhanced Pill Dispenser

January 5, 2016

When M.P.H. student Alex Rich learned about the Plimsoll line, a fundamental of maritime safety, he had an…
Hit Parade: New Classes of Drugs

December 21, 2015

Harvard Medical School researchers are generating a list of compounds that have the potential to become new classes…
RNs More Likely to Identify High-Risk Medication Discrepancies

December 15, 2015

Nearly 66 percent of all adverse events experienced by nursing home residents, such as falls, delirium and hallucinations,…
Osteoarthritis finding sheds new light on HA injection controversy

December 4, 2015

A discovery by Cornell University bioengineers is shedding new light on the controversy surrounding a common treatment for…
Taking Truvada “as needed” can prevent HIV-transmission amongst people at high-risk

December 2, 2015

In a study into the prevention of HIV transmission, people who took the antiretroviral drug Truvada were 86%…
Minority Patients Less Likely to Receive Analgesic Medications for Abdominal Pain

November 19, 2015

A new study led by researchers at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s…
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