June 21, 2017
- Obese Patients Twice as Likely to Get the Flu, Even
For one growing segment of the population, an annual vaccine might not be enough to keep them from contracting influenza. Obese adults have double the risk of becoming infected even if they've been immunized, according to a new study. Find out why researchers believe that might be the case.
Involving C-Section Patients in Decision Reduces
Prescribing too many painkillers means patients have leftover pills, which fuels the opioid epidemic. That has been a problem with new mothers who undergo Cesarean section. Find out how a simple change—involving the patients in decisions about how many opioids they are prescribed—has reduced usage and waste.
Greater Risk of Falling Seen With Nonselective
In general, prescribing a beta-blocker to older patients doesn't appear to increase their risk of falling, a new study finds. That calculation changes, however, when the beta-blocker prescribed is nonselective. Here is more information
from Dutch researchers.
Low-Dose Drug Combinations Show Promise for Hypertension Treatment
Is the best treatment for high blood pressure a combination of medications, all in quarter dosages? An Australian study says that appears to be the case, although more research is needed. Here are more details.