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New Cancer Therapy’s Toxic Side Effects Can Be Predicted in Patients

October 17, 2017

Researchers have discovered several factors that indicate which patients are most likely to have toxic side effects from new type of cancer immunotherapy.

Quick Hits: Penicillin Allergies and Surgical Infections, FDA Okays Drug for Metastasized Breast Cancer & More

October 12, 2017
Quick Hits: Americans Open to Non-Drug Pain Treatments, Psychiatric Drugs’ Impact on Cognition and Epilepsy Drugs and Pregnancy

Patients who were reported to be allergic to penicillin were 50% more likely to experience surgical site infections (SSI), according to a study by Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers examined 8,385 patients who underwent 9004 different procedures from 2010 to 2014 including hip and knee reconstruction, hysterectomy, colon surgery, and Continue Reading →

Antibiotics for Dental Procedures Linked to Superbug Infection

October 11, 2017

Researchers have found a link between antibiotic overprescribing by dentists and cases of C. diff – one of the hardest infections to treat.

Medical Marijuana May Curb Use of Prescription Drugs

October 10, 2017

Patients using cannabis found that marijuana had fewer side effects, worked faster and relief lasted longer than meds.

No Clear Evidence That Most New Cancer Drugs Extend or Improve Life

October 9, 2017

Most new drugs approved for cancer in Europe lack clear evidence of extended survival or improved quality of life for patients, according to a new study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The research team from King’s College London and the London School of Economics Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Blood Thinner Causing Bleeding When Combined with Other Drugs, Side Effects Jump When Meds Go Generic & More

October 5, 2017
Quick Hits: Americans Open to Non-Drug Pain Treatments, Psychiatric Drugs’ Impact on Cognition and Epilepsy Drugs and Pregnancy

Non–Vitamin K Oral Blood-Thinners Can Cause Bleeding When Combined With Other Drugs A class of blood-thinners known as non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) is associated with the risk of major bleeding when combined with other drugs. Researchers found 4 drugs in particular that cause serious interactions: amiodarone (for arrhythmia), fluconazole Continue Reading →

Study Reveals High Rates of Opioid Prescriptions and Excessive Dosing in Dialysis Patients

October 4, 2017

More than 25% of dialysis patients received high doses of opioids that exceeded recommendations, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Researchers analyzed data collected from 2006-2010 that examined prescriptions patients received while undergoing dialysis therapy.

The study found Continue Reading →