Tag: "prescription" at medical news
Patient-centered approach can backfire
...ss to additional ways to measure adherence such as prescription
refill records, and will be focusing on important clinical outcomes like blood pressure and glucose control in diabetic patients. They believe the research could be used in two ways. Christensen and colleagues are studying whether doctors could be ...
Drug interactions with warfarin
... and antiplatelet agents. This real-world study of prescription
data from general practices observed much higher rates of bleeding than those derived from a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. The authors write that physicians should be aware of these risks to better assess their patients therapeutic ris...
Grandparents, older adults encouraged to seek help for a sleep disorder
...e nighttime falls and use more over-the-counter or prescription
sleep aids. In addition, recent studies associate lack of sleep with serious health problems such as an increased risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Despite obstacles many older adults have to overcome in order to get a good ni...
Most seniors now have drug coverage, U-M study shows
... 90 percent of Americans age 65 and older now have prescription
drug coverage, compared to more than 75 percent wh...both in 2004 and in 2006, when the Medicare Part D prescription
drug benefit started. The report is to be presented today in Washington, D.C. The interviews are p...
Controlling prescription drug expenditures: a case report of success
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. As national spending on prescription
drugs rose faster than any other segment of health...h plan interventions not only averted increases in prescription
drug spending but also preserved members use of medications for chronic conditions, according to a m...
Health reform bills could improve quality and efficiency, but fall short of national plan
...em. They include bills related to: Medicare prescription
drug coverage Medicare payment reform Transparency Health information technology Systems to ensure patient safety Medical liability reform Eliminating disparities The report analyzes these proposals against the dimensions of performance in...
RAND presents first Victor Fuchs Research Award to economists at Carnegie Mellon University
...g co-payments caused people to reduce their use of prescription
drugs, which led to lower drug costs. However, ...of other types of medical care as a substitute for prescription
drug use. About one-third of the cuts in prescription
drug spending were offset by increases in othe...
Home health care devices focus of FDA Conference at UH
...ed and are currently under consideration. Both prescription
and over-the-counter medical devices are regulated by the FDAs Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Much of the challenge lies in safely operating medical devices in the home that were initially approved for use in a clinical setting b...
Holograms make for better vision tests
...ation he or she can use in determining the correct prescription
for the patient. Traditionally, patients look through a series of lenses until they find which one gives each eye the clearest view of a distant target such as an eye chart on a wall. This multi-step process of finding the right lens can be cumberso...
Studies show antidepressants not linked to birth defects
...tion and even very rare side effects surface. Most prescription
drugs are not tested on pregnant women, said Dr. Katz. So we must start monitoring the effects of these medications as soon as they reach consumers, and keep monitoring for as long as it takes to get good data on risks to mothers and babies. The Marc...
How to market diet pills: Prescription and over-the-counter pills may increase unhealthy behavior
...ine, found that consumers who contemplate taking a prescription
or over-the-counter drug for their condition become more likely to engage in bad habits like junk food and a sedentary lifestyle. This boomerang effect happens for two reasons. First, drug marketing undermines motivation to live a healthy lifestyl...
Split the difference: Pill-splitting study looks at cost-saving step that could be used by millions
...in half could slice a hefty amount off of Americas prescription
drug costs. While only some types of pills can be ... have already had an impact on one large employers prescription
drug plan: U-M used them to justify a pill-splitting program that launched in early 2006. In its fir...
Performance-related financial incentives for hospitals not linked with improved quality of care
...pital groups. Two of the six CMS measures, aspirin prescription
at discharge and smoking cessation counseling, had slightly higher rates of improvement at pay-for-performance hospitals than control hospitals. For composite measures of heart attack treatments not subject to incentives, rates of improvement were no...
AMPAKINE compounds a new potential treatment for respiratory depression
...y 0.5%-1.2% of total adverse drug events caused by prescription
medications are respiratory in nature, these serious side effects account for 25%-30% of drug-induced deaths. Opiates and barbiturates are the primary drugs classes responsible for these effects. Opiates include the standard pain-killing drugs morphi...
Researchers find deadly prescription drug effects 6 years before FDA
...ett, M.D., is a super sleuth of potentially deadly prescription
drug reactions. He leads a national SWAT team of doctors called RADAR (Research on Adverse Drug Events and Reports) based out of Northwesterns Feinberg School of Medicine. They swoop in to investigate early signs of trouble years before the Food and ...
Diagnostic tests for malaria underused in Zambia
...ociation between use of microscopy and RDT and the prescription
of antimalarials in Zambia. The researchers conducted a survey, carried out between March and May 2006, of 104 government and mission health facilities in four districts in Zambia. At each facility, data were collected during one working day on ill ...
New study: Pycnogenol reduces heart failure
... option for many people who want an alternative to prescription
medications such as beta blockers or ACE inhibitors. This new study shows Pycnogenol administers a therapeutic effect to limit the degenerative process in patients predisposed to congestive heart failure, such as the aged." The study was conducted ...
Chemical maps hint at drug's effects on schizophrenia
...abolism. Atypical antipsychotics, a newer group of prescription
medications used to treat psychiatric conditions, have fewer side effects than the older antipsychotics, but several still induce weight gain and diabetes. Schizophrenic patients were found to have lower levels of the lipids used to make membranes ...
Bare-metal stents are better for some heart patients
...y undergo subsequent, non-cardiac surgery." This prescription
for the potentially deadly problem begins when a person, often a senior citizen, learns that she or he must have elective surgery. The surgery can be for a minor to a major problem--from vacular surgery to fix blood flow problems, to broken hips or b...
Patients with 'bleeding' strokes less likely to get prevention treatment
...ercent of those with SAH. "It is uncertain whether prescription
patterns were influenced by the known association between low cholesterol levels and an increased risk for ICH," said Eric E. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., lead author of the report and associate director of acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hosp...
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