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Older people at risk from being on various drug regimens – report

Age UK says unintended interactions between different medicines can be dangerous About 7 million elderly people in the UK are on at least seven different medications and at risk of potentially life-threatening harm from interactions between the drugs or s ...

Fish oil pills 'no benefit' for type 2 diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes "should not be encouraged" to take omega-3, researchers say. ...

Evidence suggests microplastics in water pose ‘minimal health risk’

The World Health Organization says its findings are based on the "limited information" available. ...

Vikings halted serious Irish population decline- study

Ireland's population was in "serious decline" before the arrival of the Vikings, new research has found. ...

Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.

Scores of people born through artificial insemination have learned from DNA tests that their biological fathers were the doctors who performed the procedure. ...

Older adults can boost longevity 'with just a little exercise'

Norwegian review of 36,000 cases links more activity overall, light or intensive, with lower risk of death Even a small increase in light activity, such as washing dishes, a little gentle gardening, or shuffling around the house, might help stave off an e ...

Vaping Sicknesses Rising: 153 Cases Reported in 16 States

The C.D.C. said serious respiratory problems were reported in the past two months, though it remained unclear whether vaping nicotine or THC, the high-inducing chemical in marijuana, was the cause. ...

Air pollution may raise mortality risk

In a study of more than 600 cities around the world, short-term exposure to air pollutants was linked to increased risks for all-cause, cardiovascular and respiratory mortality. ...

RELAX-AHF-2 published: Serelaxin fails to reduce CV mortality, worsening HF

IV infusion serelaxin in patients hospitalized with acute HF did not improve CV mortality at 180 days or worsening HF at 5 days when compared with placebo in the RELAX-AHF-2 trial. The study, now published in The New England Journal of Medicine, enrolled 6 ...

Viable myocardium not linked to long-term CABG benefit for ischemic cardiomyopathy

Myocardial viability was not linked to a long-term benefit from CABG in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy, according to results from the STICH study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Viable myocardium was associated with left ventricula ...

PBMs blamed for step therapy, nonmedical switching, other restrictions on patients

ORLANDO — The current role of pharmacy benefit managers as “controllers” in the center of the prescription drug market has been detrimental to both patients and physicians, according to Robert. W. Levin, MD, president of the Alliance for Transparent and Af ...

Researchers identify risk factors for mortality in patients with H7N9

Data from hundreds of cases of influenza A(H7N9) in China showed that patients aged older than 65 years, patients with secondary bacterial infections and those who initiated neuraminidase inhibitor therapy 5 days or more after symptom onset had an increase ...

Electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems ‘vary substantially’

Commonwealth University Medical Center, told Infectious Disease News. “Health ...

Once-daily netarsudil noninferior to twice-daily timolol in phase 3 study

Once-daily netarsudil was noninferior to twice-daily timolol for IOP-lowering efficacy in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, according to the phase 3 ROCKET-4 study. “In ROCKET-4, a large multicenter trial that was published in the A ...

Americans spend nearly $150 billion on illicit drugs each year

In 2016, Americans spent $145 billion on cannabis, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, according to a new report. Most spending is attributed to those who use drugs on a daily or almost daily basis, according to the report. “It depends on the drug, but it ...

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty effective, ‘can be safely introduced’

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty produced clinically significant weight loss in patients with obesity, according to results of a meta-analysis. Vivek Kumbhari, MD, director of bariatric endoscopy at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, and colleagues wrote th ...

Elevated BMD observed in women at risk for type 2 diabetes

Postmenopausal, normoglycemic women with a first-degree family history of diabetes have a higher bone mineral density at the lumbar spine and femoral neck when compared with similar women without a family history of the disease, according to findings publi ...

Reverse shoulder arthroplasty angle may reliably measure glenoid inclination

Inclination of the inferior portion of the native glenoid may be reliably measured with the reverse shoulder arthroplasty angle in patients with rotator cuff tear arthropathy, according to published results. ...

Exercise linked to longer PFS, fewer treatment-related toxicities in metastatic colorectal cancer

Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who exercised regularly achieved longer PFS than those who did not, according to results of a companion study to the Cancer and Leukemia Group B/SWOG 80305 trial published in Journal of Clinical Oncology. Physical ...

Opioid Treatment Is Used Vastly More in States That Expanded Medicaid

The states with the highest Medicaid prescribing rates for the anti-craving drug buprenorphine — Vermont, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana and Ohio — all expanded the program. ...

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