December 4, 2013
  • Pharmacist Involvement Improved Heart Patients’ Medication Adherence

    Medication adherence is often a problem after hospital discharge, but acute coronary syndrome patients did a better job sticking to their drug regimens when they got some personal attention and follow-up from pharmacists. Study authors point out that, even though the study was done in Veterans Administration medication centers, the techniques could be replicated anywhere. Here are the details.

  • Timing of Daily Aspirin Therapy Makes a Difference
    in Effectiveness

    Does it matter what time of day patients take their pills? For patients at risk of cardiovascular disease, it could make a difference. Popping an aspirin before bedtime reduced platelet reactivity more than taking the pill upon awakening, according to a new study presented recently at the American Heart Association’s annual Scientific Sessions.

  • Despite Previous Reports, Study Finds No Fluoroquinolone/Eye Disorder Link

    Do fluoroquinolones increase the risk of retinal detachment? The answer is far from clear, but a recent Danish study suggests they do not. Those results followed research reported last spring, also published in JAMA, finding a 4.5-fold increased risk for ongoing exposure to the antibiotics. Find out how the studies differed and what a commentator had to say about the contradictory information.

  • Tests Often Misdiagnosis Black Americans as
    Vitamin D Deficient

    The high rate of vitamin D deficiency in black Americans could have more to do with the testing used than any actual medical issue, especially since low bone density, increased fracture risk, and other indicators are often not present. That’s according to a new study out of Boston which suggests that a commonly used assay doesn”t measure the correct form of vitamin D for that population.
    Here are the details.

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