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August 30, 2017

Steroids Don’t Shorten Lower Respiratory Infections in Nonasthmatic Adults
Pharmacists fill a lot of prescriptions for oral steroids for patients with acute lower respiratory tract infections. But for those who don’t have asthma, prednisolone appears to be generally ineffective in shortening the duration of the illness. Here are the details.

Long-term “T” Therapy Improves Urinary, Sexual
Function in Men

Using testosterone therapy long term improves urinary and sexual function for hypogonadal men. No surprise that they also reported improved quality of life, according to a new study. Here is more information.

Women Taking Oral Contraceptives Decrease Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Women who take contraceptive pills for 7 or more consecutive years had a lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Swedish researchers report. The study also considered the effect of breastfeeding on RA—what did investigators find out?

Study Warns About Overuse of Gabapentinoids for
Lower Back Pain

Some pharmacists might have noticed they are filling more and more prescriptions for gabapentinoids for patients complaining of low back pain. A new study cautions about the trend. What concerns were raised by the study authors?

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