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June 7, 2018

Revised PCE: Not Your Grandparents’ Cardiovascular
Risk Calculator

Pharmacists might be surprised to hear that the prescriptions they fill for millions of Americans might be less than optimal. Why? A new study suggests that risk-calculator data for cardiovascular disease prevention are outdated and need revision. Here are more details.

Could Widespread Use of Antidepressants Be Behind Population Weight Gain?
Short-term weight gain is a known risk of antidepressant use. A new study demonstrates, however, that the weight gain actually persists and can even play a role in population weight gain over the long term. How much effect do the drugs have on putting on extra pounds?

Efforts to Reduce Opioid Misuse Complicate Painkiller Prescribing for Cancer
In the rush to stem the growing opioid epidemic in the United States, clinical guidelines might have inadvertently increased complications regarding painkiller prescriptions for cancer patients. Find out why that is and what authors are urging to remedy the problems.

Meta-analysis: Supplements Offer Little Positive Effect on Cardiovascular Risk
When asked about the effectiveness of vitamins and supplements in helping prevent cardiovascular disease, pharmacists can refer to a surprising new study. Canadian researchers found that none of the commonly used products had much of a positive effect. Here are the details.

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