July 30, 2014
Few High-Risk Patients Received Antivirals During Recent Flu Season
Despite CDC recommendations to quickly treat high-risk influenza patients with antivirals, relatively few outpatient clinicians did so during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a new study which notes that antibiotics were significantly over-prescribed.
How rare were antiviral prescriptions and what do the authors recommend to increase them?
Inhaled Corticosteroids Affect Growth in Children
Two new Brazilian studies provide new evidence that inhaled corticosteroid therapy affects the growth rate of children with asthma, although dose adjustment can ameliorate the effect somewhat.
Why do the authors suggest the risk is likely worth the benefit?
New Study, Commentary: Should Niacin Be Used to Lower Cholesterol?
Women with the common condition, polycystic ovary syndrome, have a harder time conceiving, and, for decades, have been prescribed clomiphene citrate to improve their chances. A new study suggests, however, that another drug, letrozole, may be even more effective in increasing birth rates.
Here are the details.
Potassium Supplements Reduce Mortality for HF Patients on Loop Diuretics
Should prescribing potassium supplements with loop diuretics become a universal practice? A new study adds support for that view.
Find out how much potassium supplements improved survival rates for heart failure patients.