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Teens World-Wide Self-Medicate With Over-the-Counter and Prescription Drugs
HBNS STORY | September 23, 2014
Adolescents around the world are frequently using over-the-counter and prescription medications without a doctor’s order, a risky practice that can lead to overuse and abuse and is often continued into adulthood, reveals a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

A Phone Call from a Pharmacist Can Reduce Some Hospital Admissions
HBNS STORY | April 10, 2014
Pharmacist-patient telephone consultations appear to reduce hospitalizations in patients who are least at risk, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Cost of Health Care a Burden for Most U.S. Households
HBNS STORY | March 13, 2014
Since 2001, health care costs have become more burdensome for almost all Americans, at every income level and in every geographic area, finds a new study published in The Milbank Quarterly.

Pharmacy Staff Frequently Misinform Teens Seeking Emergency Contraception
HBNS STORY | December 19, 2013
A new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that pharmacy staff frequently give teens misleading or incorrect information about emergency contraception that may prevent them from getting the medication.

Many Patients Have Trouble ID’ing Their Medications
HBNS STORY | December 3, 2013
People who identified their medication by shape, size or color instead of name had poorer adherence and an increased risk of hospitalization, finds a recent study in the Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.

Chronic Pain and Emotional Distress Often Treated With Risky Medications
HBNS STORY | November 12, 2013
People with chronic pain and emotional distress are more likely to be given ongoing prescriptions for opioid drugs, which may not help, finds a new review in General Hospital Psychiatry.

For People With Diabetes, Aggressive Blood Pressure Goals May Not Help
HBNS STORY | November 12, 2013
For people with diabetes and high blood pressure, keeping blood pressure levels lower than the standard recommended offered no benefits, finds a review in The Cochrane Library.

Teen Athletes at Risk for Medication Misuse
HBNS STORY | November 10, 2013
Male adolescents who participate in organized sports are more likely to be prescribed opioid medications and misuse them than male teens that don’t play sports, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Teens with Chronic Illnesses Find It Hard to Stick to Treatment
HBNS STORY | October 29, 2013
Teens with a variety of chronic illnesses report facing similar barriers to taking their medications, according to a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

High Lifetime Costs for Type 2 Diabetes
HBNS STORY | August 8, 2013
A person with type 2 diabetes spends on average more than $85,000 treating the disease and its complications over their lifetime, according to a recent study in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Hispanic and Black Kids Less Likely to Use Medication to Control Asthma
HBNS STORY | June 27, 2013
Black and Hispanic children with asthma are less likely than White children to use long-term asthma control medications, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

Quitting Smoking: Licensed Medications Are Effective
HBNS STORY | June 6, 2013
Nicotine replacement therapy and other licensed drugs can help people quit smoking, according to a new systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

Teens Have Unsupervised Access to Prescription Drugs
HBNS STORY | May 23, 2013
Most teens have unsupervised access to their prescription drugs at home, including drugs with potential for abuse, finds a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Targeting Prescribers Can Reduce Excessive Use of Antibiotics in Hospitals
HBNS STORY | April 30, 2013
Giving prescribers access to education and advice or imposing restrictions on use can curb overuse or inappropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals, according to a new Cochrane systematic review.

Teaching Patients about New Medications? A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words
HBNS STORY | April 30, 2013
Improving people’s knowledge and skills about their medications may be best achieved with multimedia patient education materials, finds a new systematic review in The Cochrane Library.

Pharmacists Can Improve Patient Outcomes
HBNS STORY | February 28, 2013
In addition to dispensing, packaging or compounding medication, pharmacists can help improve patient outcomes in middle-income countries by offering targeted education, according to a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Accidental Poisonings Leading Cause of Deaths at Home
HBNS STORY | February 5, 2013
An increasing number of people die from unintentional home injury, in large part due to accidental drug overdose, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Education Can Reduce Use of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Home Patients
HBNS STORY | December 13, 2012
A new review in The Cochrane Library finds that education and social support for staff and caregivers can reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home patients with dementia.

Minorities More Likely to View Generic Drugs as Inferior
HBNS STORY | October 24, 2012
Negative perceptions about generic drugs are more widespread among ethnic minorities than among whites, finds a new study in Ethnicity & Disease.

Teens Increasingly Abuse Prescription Painkillers
HBNS STORY | October 18, 2012
Young people ages 15 to 24 are abusing prescription painkillers more than any other age group or any other youth in history. Availability of these drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets may be to blame, according to new research in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Common Treatment for Mild Hypertension Challenged
HBNS STORY | August 15, 2012
Doctors often prescribe drugs for people with mild high blood pressure with the hope of preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, a new review from The Cochrane Library has found that this treatment does not reduce death rates, heart attacks or strokes.

Too Many Drugs for Many Older Patients
HBNS STORY | May 16, 2012
A new Cochrane Library evidence review reveals that little is known about the best ways to avoid inappropriate prescribing of medications for seniors or how to maximize health benefits while minimizing prescriptions.

Personalized Interventions Work Best for People with Multiple, Chronic Illnesses
HBNS STORY | April 18, 2012
People with multiple chronic medical conditions are helped by medical interventions that target personal risk factors and/or their ability to perform daily activities. Interventions aimed at general case management or enhancing teamwork among a patient’s care providers are not as effective, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Caffeine Gives a Small Boost to Painkillers’ Effectiveness
HBNS STORY | March 15, 2012
Caffeine improves the effectiveness of over-the-counter pain relieving drugs, but only by a small margin, according to a new evidence review in The Cochrane Library.

Antipsychotic Drug Combinations Are Often Given to Patients Early In Treatment
HBNS STORY | March 15, 2012
Patients with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses are commonly prescribed high dose combinations of antipsychotic drugs earlier than recommended by some guidelines, finds a new study in the March issue of General Hospital Psychiatry.

No Difference in Side-Effects When Switching or Adding Antidepressants
HBNS STORY | November 17, 2011
Patients with depression who fail to see improvement after taking an antidepressant often have their initial medication switched or combined with a second drug. The perception of potential side effects has influenced clinician decisions about which strategy to take. New research now suggests one strategy may not be any more likely to be harmful than the other.

Review: Taking Blood Pressure Drugs at Night Slightly Improves Control
HBNS STORY | October 5, 2011
Patients who take certain popular types of blood pressure medication once a day are able to achieve somewhat better control of their hypertension if they take their daily dose at bedtime, according to a new systematic review.

Reminder Packaging Helps Patients Take Medications as Directed
HBNS STORY | September 13, 2011
People with chronic illnesses are more likely to take long-term medications according to doctors’ instructions if the packaging includes a reminder system, according to a new review of evidence

Review: Statins Helpful, But No Quick Fix After Cardiac Emergency
HBNS STORY | June 14, 2011
Over the long term, treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins reduces the rate of mortality and cardiovascular events such as heart attack. Still, it is unclear whether these drugs take effect rapidly when the risk of these dire events is highest.

Researchers Still Searching for Ways to Help Patients Take Their Meds
HBNS STORY | May 12, 2011
Clinicians have tried a variety of ways to encourage people to take prescribed medicines, but a new research review says it is still unclear whether many of these interventions have been effective.

Doctor’s Office Is Usually First Stop in Medication Mishaps
HBNS STORY | May 6, 2011
Medication mishaps are a widely recognized problem in health care and a new study finds that ambulatory care settings, not ERs, deal with them most.

Overdoses of Popular Painkiller Send Thousands to ER Each Year
HBNS STORY | May 3, 2011
Overdose of the common household drug acetaminophen leads to more than 78,000 emergency department visits a year, and the majority of the overdoses are intentional, according to a new CDC study.

Better Labeling Could Help Thwart Acetaminophen Overdose
HBNS STORY | May 3, 2011
When misused, acetaminophen — marketed as Tylenol — can lead to acute liver failure and worse, often due to accidental overdose by an uninformed consumer. A new small study looks at what’s missing in consumer education and how to overcome those gaps.

Taking Diabetes Medication Helps Lower Medical Costs, Slightly
HBNS STORY | March 18, 2011
A new study shows that diabetes patients who do a better job of taking their medication have slightly lower health care costs.

Inhaled Epinephrine Confirmed Quick, Effective for Croup
HBNS STORY | February 15, 2011
For more than 30 years, pediatricians have treated children who have croup with inhaled epinephrine to relieve their symptoms quickly. Now, a new review confirms the value of this approach.

More Americans Turn to Lower-Cost Alternative Meds, Especially Whites
HBNS STORY | February 1, 2011

When Mental Health Meds Are Out of Reach, Hospitalization More Likely
HBNS STORY | December 10, 2010
Too often, mental health patients have problems accessing or paying for their prescription drugs under Medicaid. The results — longer hospital stays and more emergency room visits — are hard on patients and costly for the entire health care system, a new study finds.

Prescription Restrictions Cut Costs, But How Does Health Fare?
HBNS STORY | August 17, 2010

Parkinson’s Patients More Likely to Stick With Certain ‘Add-on’ Drugs
HBNS STORY | July 8, 2010

OTC Constipation Treatment Beats Prescription Med in Review
HBNS STORY | July 6, 2010

Out-of-Pocket Costs Put Arthritis Drugs Out of Reach for Some
HBNS STORY | May 20, 2010

Blacks, Hispanics Less Likely Eligible for Medicare Prescription Help
HBNS STORY | May 20, 2010

Prescription Costs More Likely to Deter Hispanics in Study
HBNS STORY | May 10, 2010

Self-Monitoring Lowers Risks for Patients on Anti-Clotting Drug
HBNS STORY | April 13, 2010