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Could the U.S. Mail Deliver Better Colon Cancer Screening Rates?

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- No one likes to get a colonoscopy, but new research suggests that mailing at-home colon cancer tests to folks who are overdue for their checks might prompt them to get screened
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Is There a Safer Choice Than Opioids After a C-Section?

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Expectant moms often try to plan as many aspects of their upcoming delivery as they can. But one thing they might not consider is what type of pain relief they will choose if they need to have a C-section
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Extra Calcium Safe for the Aging Eye

FRIDAY, March 22, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- To take calcium or not to take calcium, that is still the question
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What Drives 'Anti-Vaxxer' Parents? It's a Mixed Bag, Study Shows

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Anti-vaccination campaigns abound on social media, but the people involved are not necessarily driven by any single motivation, a new study suggests
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Overdose Deaths From Fentanyl Soaring: Report

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The number of Americans dying from overdoses of the powerful narcotic fentanyl rose 12-fold in recent years, health officials reported Thursday
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Drug Combo Does Double Duty Against Common Skin Lesions, Cancers

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Tens of millions of Americans develop sun-linked skin lesions called actinic keratoses, which are tied to later cancer risk
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Risk of Psychosis Varies With ADHD Meds, But Still Small: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Stimulant drugs used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) carry a small risk of a psychotic episode, but it appears to vary depending on which medication young people use, a new study finds
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Reworked Nasal Flu Vaccine Looks Good for Kids, Pediatricians' Group Says

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Good news for kids: Next flu season, you can avoid a painful needle jab and get the nasal vaccine spray instead, according to a leading U.S. pediatricians' group
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Heart Risks Vary Among Asian-Americans

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Not all Asian-Americans are equally susceptible to the deadly damage of heart disease and stroke, new research suggests
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Many With Opioid Addiction Don't Get Meds That Can Help

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Most people struggling with opioid addiction lack access to FDA-approved medications that can head off withdrawal symptoms and quell their cravings, a new report finds
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Tighter Blood Pressure Control May Prevent Brain Lesions

WEDNESDAY, March 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Reducing high blood pressure in the elderly appears to lower their odds of developing brain lesions, a new study finds
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Hormonal Therapy for Prostate Cancer Might Raise Depression Risk

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Hormonal treatment can help control prostate cancer but may increase a man's risk of depression, a new study by Danish researchers suggests.
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Stopping Aspirin 3 Months After Stent Is Safe, Study Finds

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Heart patients who get a stent to prop open a blocked artery are typically put on a powerful anti-clotting drug and aspirin for a full year after their procedure
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Can Some Children Outgrow Autism?

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Some toddlers thought to have mild autism "outgrow" the diagnosis, but most continue to struggle with language and behavior, new research suggests
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Prescription Fish Oil Pill Lowers Heart Attack Risk in Those Already on Statins

MONDAY, March 18, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Patients who have high triglycerides and take cholesterol-lowering statins to lower their risk for heart attack or stroke can cut that risk by another 30 percent by adding a high-dose omega-3 fatty acid pill, investigators report
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Docs Back Away From Low-Dose Aspirin for Heart Attack Prevention

SUNDAY, March 17, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Millions of aging Americans worried about heart attacks and strokes have for years popped a low-dose aspirin each day, thinking the blood thinner might lower their risk
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Heart Care Guidelines Rarely Backed by Top-Notch Science

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Precious few treatment guidelines for heart patients are supported by the best scientific evidence, a new study shows
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Should You Get Pills or Surgery for A-Fib?

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many older Americans have the worrisome and potentially dangerous irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, or "a-fib," and they're typically offered medicines or a surgery called ablation to correct it
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New Drug Could Help Those With Tough-to-Treat Cholesterol

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- People whose high cholesterol is resistant to treatment with statin drugs may soon have a new treatment option
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Blood Test to Diagnose Heart Attacks May Not Be Foolproof

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A blood test used to detect a heart attack may often provide some misleading results, British researchers report
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FDA OKs Blood Pressure Drug to Ease Shortage Due to Recalls

WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved a new generic version of the high blood pressure/heart failure drug valsartan, saying the move might help ease the current medication shortage
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One-Third of U.S. Kids Have Back Pain, Study Says

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- As American kids pack on the pounds, the number of those with back pain is on the rise
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Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance

MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Kids with poorly controlled asthma struggle in school, especially those who are ethnic minorities, a new study reports
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Beware of Drowsy Driving as Daylight Saving Time Begins

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The switch to Daylight Saving Time can increase the risk of driver fatigue and crashes, but there are a number of ways to reduce the danger, an expert says
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Hormone Therapy Linked to Slight Rise in Alzheimer's Risk

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many women turn to hormone therapy to ease some of the more troubling symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats
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Study Disputes Pregnancy Link to MS Relapses

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- A new study challenges the long-held belief that multiple sclerosis (MS) can flare up right after pregnancy in women with the relapsing-remitting form of the disease
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High Testosterone Levels Are Bad News for the Heart

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- High testosterone levels can drastically increase a man's risk of heart failure and stroke-causing blood clots, a new study reports
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Even a Drink a Day Might Raise Your Blood Pressure

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Prior studies have suggested that a little drinking might help the heart. But rigorous new research suggests the opposite, finding that even a drink or two per day is tied to rising blood pressure
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Which Misused Prescription Meds Send Americans to the ER?

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Most folks treated in a U.S. emergency room for misuse of prescription medications get into trouble because they mix different substances, a new study reports
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FDA Poised to Approve Ketamine-Like Drug to Ease Depression

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could give its approval this week to esketamine -- a relative of the "club drug" and anesthetic ketamine -- against severe depression
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