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Morning Exercise Linked to BP Reduction in Sedentary Seniors

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- In sedentary overweight/obese older adults, morning exercise reduces systolic blood pressure, with additional benefit seen by combining exercise with regular breaks in sitting, according to a study published online Feb. 20 in Hypertension
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Eating Nuts Tied to Reduced CVD Incidence, Death in T2DM Patients

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Higher consumption of nuts, especially tree nuts, is associated with reduced cardiovascular disease (CVD) incidence and mortality among patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in Circulation Research
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Early Intensive Treatment May Improve Long-Term MS Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Long-term outcomes are more favorable for early intensive treatment (EIT) versus first-line moderate-efficacy disease-modifying therapy (DMT) in multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Neurology
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Late-Onset Migraine With Aura Linked to Increased Stroke Risk

TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- There is an increased stroke risk in late life among patients with late-onset migraine with aura (MA), according to a study published online Jan. 21 in Headache
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Recombinant Zoster Vaccine Cost-Effective in Simulation

TUESDAY, Feb. 19, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Vaccination with recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) seems cost-effective under a wide range of conditions, according to a study published online Feb. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine
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Artificially Sweetened Drinks Linked to Stroke After Menopause

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Among postmenopausal women, consumption of artificially sweetened beverages (ASB) is associated with an increased risk for stroke, coronary heart disease, and all-cause mortality, according to a study published online Feb. 14 in Stroke
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Most A-Fib Patients Have at Least One Identifiable Trigger

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Most patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) report at least one identifiable trigger, with the most common triggers being alcohol, caffeine, exercise, and lack of sleep, according to research published online Feb. 14 in HeartRhythm
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Discharge Opioid Rx for Heart Dz Patients May Impact Follow-Up

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients with an admitting diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome and/or acute decompensated heart failure, opioid prescription at discharge is not significantly associated with unplanned health care utilization or mortality but is associated with reduced odds of completed planned health care utilization, according to a study published in the Feb. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association
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Primary Care Providers Can Improve Diabetic Retinopathy Screening

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR) in primary care settings has the potential to reach most U.S. adults with diabetes, according to a brief report published online Jan. 31 in JAMA Ophthalmology
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FDA Approves First Customizable Insulin Pump

FRIDAY, Feb. 15, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The Tandem Diabetes Care t:Slim X2 insulin pump, which allows a patient to customize treatment, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Risk for MRSA Reduced With Postdischarge Decolonization

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- For patients colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), postdischarge MRSA decolonization is associated with a reduced risk for infection, according to a study published in the Feb. 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
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Physical Activity Down Across Chronic Disease Subgroups

THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- People with a wide variety of chronic diseases are less physically active than individuals without chronic diseases, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in the International Journal of Epidemiology
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Yoga May Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms, Severity

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Yoga may be effective as a complementary or adjunct therapy for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs), according to a study published online Feb. 1 in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
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Progress Made in Developing New Antibacterial Agents

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 13, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Although there has been progress in the development of new antibacterial drugs, most of the recently approved agents have been modifications of existing chemical classes of antibiotics, according to research published online Feb. 1 in Clinical Infectious Diseases
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ASA: Opioid Epidemic Tied to Infection-Related Stroke

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The opioid epidemic is driving a steep increase in infection-related stroke hospitalizations, according to a study published online Jan. 30 in Stroke to coincide with the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, held from Feb. 6 to 8 in Honolulu
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Acne Relapses Linked to Lower Quality of Life, Productivity

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Acne relapses are significantly associated with impaired quality of life as well as productivity loss and absenteeism, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology
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ASA: Intensive BP Control Lowers Bleeding Risk in Stroke Patients

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Stroke patients who receive intensive blood pressure lowering are less likely to suffer brain bleeds when treated with clot-busting therapies, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in The Lancet to coincide with the American Stroke Association International Stroke Conference, held from Feb. 6 to 8 in Honolulu
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Many Systematic Reviews Do Not Fully Report Adverse Events

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Many systematic review protocols in the International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews (PROSPERO) do not include adverse event reporting, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
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Rates of Diabetes Screening High Among Adults Age ≥45

MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Rates of diabetes screening are high, with hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) used less but more likely to result in clinical diagnosis, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in Diabetes Care
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CDC: Heart Attack Awareness Improved Since 2008

FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Since 2008, there has been an increase in the number of U.S. adults with awareness of heart attack symptoms and knowledge of the appropriate response to a heart attack, according to research published in the Feb. 8 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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Vaccine-Preventable Infections Common After Peds Transplant

FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Hospitalization for vaccine-preventable infections occurs in more than 15 percent of pediatric solid organ transplant recipients in the first five years after surgery, according to a study recently published in JAMA Pediatrics
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Parents Conflicted About Opioid Use in Children

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Parents are conflicted about the use of prescribed opioids in children, with most concerned about side effects and risks but believing opioids are the most effective option for managing pain, according to a survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and released to coincide with Physician Anesthesiologists Week, held from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2
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FDA: Number of U.S. Women With Breast Implant-Caused Cancer Has Increased

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- There has been an increase in the number of U.S. women diagnosed with a cancer caused by breast implants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday
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Chronic Rhinosinusitis Linked to Depression, Anxiety

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is associated with incidence of depression and anxiety, according to a study published online Feb. 7 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
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T2DM Initially Remits in Majority Who Undergo Gastric Bypass

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) is associated with high levels of type 2 diabetes remission at one year, although 27 percent relapse after five years, according to a study published online Feb. 6 in Diabetologia
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Type 2 Diabetes Risk Up With PCOS Regardless of BMI

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Irrespective of age and weight, women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online Jan. 31 in Diabetes Care
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Antidepressant Overprescribing Appears Common in Elderly

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Potential antidepressant overprescribing appears to be common among elderly patients and involves mostly newer antidepressants used for nonspecific psychiatric symptoms and subthreshold diagnoses, according to a study published online Jan. 23 in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
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Hepatitis C Infection Rates Up After OxyContin Reformulation

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- States with above-median OxyContin misuse before reformulation of the drug experienced a 222 percent increase in hepatitis C infection rates after reformulation, according to a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs
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8 Questions Helpful for Assessing IBD in Primary Care

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- The CalproQuest, an eight-item questionnaire, is a feasible instrument for assessing patients for inflammatory bowel disease in primary care settings, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
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Evidence of Therapeutic Efficacy Substantial for Cannabis Use

TUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (Pharmacist's Briefing) -- Most qualifying conditions for which patients are licensed to use cannabis medically have substantial or conclusive evidence of therapeutic efficacy, according to a report published in the February issue of Health Affairs
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