Home News Professional PM2.5 Exposure Linked to Asthma Rescue Medication Use MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 — For individuals with asthma, increased fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure is associated with increased weekly rescue inhaler use, according to a study published online Nov. 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Austin M. Williams, from […]Continue Reading ...
Sixty years after melatonin was isolated and with more than 23,000 published studies showing the many functions of this hormone secreted by the pineal gland, guidelines should be discussed and established for its therapeutic use. This is the view expressed by José Cipolla Neto, Full Professor at the University of São Paulo’s Biomedical Science Institute […]Continue Reading ...
Home News Professional Few Physicians Work in Practices That Use Telemedicine WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 — Only 15.4 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine for a wide spectrum of patient interactions, with larger practice size being an important correlate of telemedicine use, according to a study published in the December issue of […]Continue Reading ...
We’ve also seen a rise in “off-label” prescription of pregabalin. This means it’s being prescribed for conditions for which there is limited evidence of effectiveness. Pregabalin is often prescribed for chronic or persisting pain, for example, even when there is no clear nerve-related cause. Pregabalin is thought to have effects in the brain similar to […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers analyzing the sales of oral antibiotics for children in 70 high- and middle-income countries found that consumption varies widely from country to country with little correlation between countries’ wealth and the types of antibiotics. Of concern is the relatively low-level use of amoxicillin, an antibiotic to treat the most common childhood infections. In addition, […]Continue Reading ...
More youth use cannabis than smoke cigarettes in the United States. In other parts of the world, cannabis use has become almost as regular as tobacco use among adolescents and young adults. With relaxed laws governing cannabis use in many U.S. states and localities, there is mixed and limited research on whether increasing legalization could […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain They may start as well-intentioned efforts to calm anxiety, improve sleep or ease depression. But prescriptions for sedatives known as benzodiazepines may lead to long-term use among one in four older adults who receive them, according to new research. That’s despite warnings against long-term use of these drugs, especially among older […]Continue Reading ...
Alcohol abuse is more complicated than simply drinking too much. There may be five separate types of problem drinkers, according to Penn State researchers, and each one may be more common at different stages of life. In a study, Penn State researchers discovered five distinct classes or “profiles” among people with alcohol use disorder, with […]Continue Reading ...
Reports have shown that individuals aged over 45 years are increasingly being admitted to hospitals with mental health problems related to drug use. The number of admissions due to mental health problems and behavioural problems associated with drug use, were 638 in 2007/8 and have now come to 1,182 says the report. The admissions in […]Continue Reading ...
Despite the enormous unmet need for treatment of substance use disorders and the promise of telemedicine to fill some of the gaps in care, the tool remains woefully underused, according to research led by investigators from the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School. The study, published in the December issue of Health Affairs, analyzed patterns […]Continue Reading ...
Over the past decade, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have become a central part of everyday life. Despite their massive popularity, however, controversy abounds regarding their impact on mental health and wellbeing. A new research study by the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has now found a correlation between the passive use of social […]Continue Reading ...
Regular sauna use is associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in men and women aged 50 years and over, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Medicine. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyväskylä, Finland found that mortality from CVD among […]Continue Reading ...
A new Veterans Affairs study adds to the evidence that women’s intentions around becoming pregnant don’t fully explain whether and how they use contraception. Rather, their attitudes toward becoming pregnant also play a role. For example, women who don’t plan on getting pregnant, but who nonetheless say it would be fine if it happened, or […]Continue Reading ...
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 — Rebellious teens used to reach for cigarettes or alcohol. Now, marijuana is increasingly their first choice, a new study reveals. Columbia University researchers who analyzed national survey data say the “gateway pattern” of substance use is changing. Since 2006, less than 50 percent of teens have tried cigarettes or alcohol […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Research has shown that drug and alcohol use interferes with anti-retroviral medication adherence among gay and bisexual men (GBM) living with HIV. There is limited parallel examination of whether the same holds true for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) adherence among HIV-negative GBM. In a study published this month in the journal AIDS […]Continue Reading ...
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