Asthma is a huge health challenge, and many people struggle to stick to a medication regime to control their condition. Digital technologies can help, but we need to know more about what works best.
Community health workers assist patients as they gather their medications and supplements to discuss them during remote visits with pharmacists.
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Studying medication use in a traumatized population of immigrants required pharmacists to listen to and learn from trusted community health workers.
Our body clock has evolved over millions of years to help us survive.
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Our immune system is controlled by our “body clock” – an intricate 24-hour system which controls how cells function.
Participants lost around 15% of their body weight on average.
Semaglutide works by controlling appetite.
Alleviating major depression for the long term involves more than just drugs.
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Drugs like ketamine can relieve depression symptoms, including suicidal thoughts, within hours, but they also carry risks that patients need to understand.
For people with disabilities, prescription drug costs are often layered on top of other health-related costs.
Any pharmacare plan that aims to remove financial barriers to treatment and eliminate inequities should prioritize those who face the highest out-of-pocket drug costs, such as people with disabilities.
Steroids could do more harm than good in patients with milder cases of COVID-19.
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Three new studies show corticosteroids can reduce deaths in critically ill COVID-19 patients. But what about other patients?
As public figures and some in the media touted hydroxychloroquine, prescriptions skyrocketed.
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When news reports tout a drug, people get interested, even if the benefits are unproven. Patient hopes, requests and demands can easily turn into real prescriptions in their doctor’s office.
Chronic pain is everyone’s problem. It’s costly, debilitating and, according to new statistics, increasingly common. Reversing the trend is achieveable but far from easy.
A new survey finds that, when it comes to medication, many older adults plan to keep going to the pharmacy as they always have.
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As coronavirus continues to spread, older adults face a challenge: how to get the medications they need without putting themselves at risk. A new national survey shows they aren’t prepared.
PODCAST: The third part of a series from The Anthill podcast on how personalised medicine may become in the future.
Low blood pressure may cause problems for many older people.
Researchers are looking for ways to determine who’s most at risk for dementia and also ways to detect it early. A scientist who has studied low blood pressure makes a case for a link between the two.
New research has found that mothers may be forgoing medication they need in order to breastfeed their babies.
Mothers are told to stop breastfeeding when taking certain medications – even if they won’t harm their baby.
Can you be sure which pill is which? It can be difficult to tell if you’ve picked the correct medication.
The technology to identify pills is getting cheaper and smaller. That means it could also be used to test the make-up of illegal pills at festivals and other events.
How will each drug interact with the proteins in your body?
Artificially intelligent drug design programs could discover new therapies for conditions that are difficult or prohibitively expensive to cure.
Sometimes the only way of telling similar medication apart is by name.
Lookalike and soundalike medication names are causing dangerous problems.
Leave your medicines in their box when you go abroad, and check if you need a doctor’s letter.
Before travelling, plan ahead in case you need to pack medicines for sleep, diarrhoea, malaria, pain or anxiety.
Medication usage has gone through the roof in the last decade.
Methylprednisolone, the corticosteroid that’s used to treat serious asthma attacks, works by reducing inflammation.
A trial of methylprednisolone in kidney patients was halted recently because of safety concerns. But this doesn’t affect people taking the drug for asthma, arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
If doctors prescribe generic drugs rather than their brand name equivalents, most times patients benefit.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.