January 21, 2015
  • Common Treatments for Osteoarthritis Pain Are Not Most Effective 

    Nearly 40% of Americans over 45 suffer from knee osteoarthritis, but some of the drugs commonly prescribed to treat the pain aren’t all that effective, according to a new review. Injections generally worked better. Find out why the authors suspect the placebo effect was at play.

  • Complexity of Post Liver-Transplant Regimen Difficult for Some Patients 

    Liver transplant patients on complex drug regimens may need extra help from pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to make sure they remain adherent. That is especially the case in patients with low literacy, according to a new study. What are the consequences of failure to properly take post-transplant medications?

  • Extreme Obesity Affects How Some Drugs Are Distributed, Eliminated

    The common wisdom is that the larger the patient, the higher medication dose they need. That not only is incorrect, but may be dangerous when it comes to the extremely obese, according to a new Dutch study which calls for more studies on how drugs are distributed and eliminated in that situation. Here are the details.

  • Intensive Glucose Control After Diagnosis Reduces Type 1 Diabetes Mortality 

    Intensive glucose control after diagnosis gives type 1 diabetes patients a meaningful survival benefit, according to newly reported research. Find out how much the death rate was reduced in the study, which began more than 30 years ago and involved more than 27 academic medical centers in the United States and Canada.


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