August 5, 2020

Pneumonia, Influenza Vaccines Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Every influenza season, pharmacists try to come up with new ways to increase vaccination uptake. A presentation at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference should help. Researchers found that getting flu shots—especially if that is a yearly event—significantly lowers the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Here is more information.


Imaging Study Looks at Myocardial Pathology in Recovered COVID-19 Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic might end with a vaccine, effective treatment or both, but pharmacists will still be filling prescriptions to treat lingering aftereffects. That is a conclusion that can be drawn from studies, such as recent imaging of patients recovering from the infection. Find out how many patients showed widespread myocardial injury that wasn’t pre-existing. 

Inert Ingredients in Drugs Actually Might Have More Effects Than Realized

Excipients play important roles in the makeup of pills, injectables, or liquid medications. For example, they can help make the product shelf-stable or give it an identifiable color. A new study raises the possibility, however, that so-called inert ingredients might have more effect that previously expected. Find out what led researchers to that suspicion and what in vitro testing found. 


Antibiotics Instead of Surgery for Uncomplicated Appendicitis Is Usually OK

Pharmacists are often asked to dispense antibiotics for pediatric patients with uncomplicated appendicitis. They might be reassured to know that, according to a recent study, most of the children do quite well and don’t require surgery within the next year. Here are more details.

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