January 25, 2017
- Primary Care Physicians Urge More Modest Blood
After the release of the SPRINT research in 2015, the question about treating hypertension in older adults appeared to be, “How low can you go?” Two major physicians group have rejected that perspective in recent guidelines, however, suggesting systolic blood pressure below 150 mm Hg is sufficient for most patients older than 60. Here are the details.
Dispensed Asthma Drugs Might Be Unnecessary Because of Misdiagnosis
Chances are that a substantial number of patients handing pharmacists prescriptions for asthma medications don’t even have the respiratory condition. That is according to a recent Canadian study finding a more than 30% misdiagnosis rate. What happened when those patients stopped using their drugs?
- Oral Iron Supplements Found Safe, Effective in Users
When dealing with iron deficiency in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients, a common problem, few alternatives exist to IV administration of iron. Now, a new study suggests that oral formulations also appear to be safe and effective. Here are the details.
Antidepressants Nearly Double Hip-Fracture Risk in Alzheimer’s Patients
Before Alzheimer’s disease patients receive antidepressants for depression and a range of other issues, their risk of failing should be taken into consideration, according to a new Finnish study finding double the risk of hip fracture when the drugs are used. Here is more information.