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January 11, 2017
  • New ACP Guidelines: Metformin Remains First-Line Drug for High Blood Sugar

    It might be an old standby, but metformin remains the preferred first treatment for type 2 diabetes patients who need help controlling their blood sugar. Find out why new guidelines urge caution before adding a second oral drug to the regimen.

  • Some Omega-3 Supplements Reduce Asthma in Unborn Children

    Could something as readily available and inexpensive as fish oil supplements help avoid childhood asthma when used by expectant mothers? A new study suggests that long-chain omega-3 supplements appear to have that effect. Here is more information.

  • Psychiatric, Behavioral Conditions Predict Long-Term Opioid Use
    A new study makes a strong argument that thorough mental health assessment and intervention should be considered in conjunction with the use of long-term opioid therapy. The reason? Pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions are risk factors for long-term use of painkillers. Here are the details.
  • Flu Viruses So Far Appear to Match Vaccine, Be Susceptible to Antivirals

    While the type of circulating viruses might presage more severe infections in the elderly and very young, this influenza season also is associated with some positive news: The CDC says vaccines appear to be a good match so far and that all antivirals are working well against the predominant flu strains. Find out why public health officials urge pharmacists to continue to push flu vaccine.

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