Enlist a pharmacist to help manage high blood pressure

(HealthDay)—High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease and stroke, yet has no symptoms of its own. That's why having your blood pressure checked regularly is a must, as is controlling it if ...


Pharmacists play key roles in cardiac disease management

(HealthDay)—For patients with cardiac disease, pharmacists in all practice settings have an important role in the management of the chronic disease state, according to a report published in Drug Topics.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Alcohol use in veterans with schizophrenia less common than thought

U.S. military veterans who are being treated for schizophrenia are much less likely to drink any alcohol than the general population. However, they are equally likely to misuse alcohol. And when they do misuse alcohol, it ...


Impact of complex medication regimen in elderly unclear

(HealthDay)—The association between medication regimen complexity and either treatment nonadherence or hospitalization in elderly patients remains unclear, according to a review published online Dec. 19 in the Journal of ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Medication adherence stressful for psoriasis patients

(HealthDay)—Adhering to medication regimens for the treatment of psoriasis can be an additional source of considerable emotional distress for patients, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in the British Journal ...


Importance of including purpose of medications on prescriptions

In a Perspective article in the July 28, 2016 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Gordon D. Schiff, MD, lead author and general internist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and his co-authors Enrique Seoane-Vazquez, ...


Nitrates in heart failure may harm more than help

(HealthDay)—Nitrates don't improve quality of life or everyday activity levels as intended in patients with heart failure, according to research published in the Dec. 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.


Pros and cons of annual physical discussed

(HealthDay)—The pros and cons of the annual physical are discussed in two perspective pieces published online Oct. 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine.


Researcher to examine why some patients ignore doctors' orders

Taking medications as prescribed is challenging for many patients, and following doctors' orders regarding medication often varies over time and among different patients. The consequences of failing to follow the prescribed ...


Computerized dashboard can ID potentially inappropriate meds

(HealthDay)—A computerized potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) dashboard can allow identification of older inpatients on high-risk medication regimens, according to research published online Nov. 3 in the Journal ...

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