U.S. Pharmacist Weekly News Update
July 17, 2019

Genetics Research Suggests Link Between BP Drug, Diverticulosis

A novel new research technique has raised concerns about a link between calcium-channel blockers prescribed for high blood pressure (BP) and risk of diverticulosis. Find out how the study was conducted using genetic analysis and what risk was determined for developing the intestinal ailment.


ADT for Prostate Cancer Increases Risk for Alzheimer’s, Other Dementia
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is used to stop the growth of—or even shrink—prostate cancer tumors, but a new study suggests the antihormone therapy can have unintended side effects. Those might include increasing risk for Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. Here is more information.

Antibiotic Scripts for Respiratory Infections Decline; Still Too High
Unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory infections appear to be declining slightly, but remain too prevalent, according to a new study. Here are the factors that increase the risk that an antibiotic script will be written for what is likely a viral infection.

Study Warns About Higher Infection Risk With Steroids for Inflammatory Diseases
Pharmacists might want to counsel patients using steroids to help control inflammatory disease that they also are at higher risk of infection, whether bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal. Find out why authors of a new study also concluded that the risk is heightened even with low steroid dosages.


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