Anticonvulsant drugs ineffective for low back pain and can cause harm, despite increased prescribing

Public Release: 3-Jul-2018 Canadian Medical Association Journal Anticonvulsant drugs are increasingly being used to treat low back pain, but a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) finds they are ineffective and can have adverse effects. “Clinically, the prescription of anticonvulsants for back and neck pain, including radicular pain in primary care, has increased…

Antidepressants may increase risk of death by 20 percent for those COPD

Public Release: 26-Jun-2018   Serotonergic antidepressants increase respiratory-related adverse events for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, study suggests St. Michael’s Hospital TORONTO, June 26, 2018 – Antidepressant use in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with a 20 per cent increase in likelihood of death and a 15 per cent increase…

Oral antibiotics linked to increased kidney stone risk for several years after use

PUBLIC RELEASE: 10-MAY-2018 Risk appears to be highest among children AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY Highlights Use of oral antibiotics was linked with an increased risk of developing kidney stones. Risk decreased over time but was still elevated several years after antibiotic use. Risk was highest for young patients. Washington, DC May 10, 2018) — The…

Noise throws the heart out of rhythm

Public Release: 3-May-2018   Mainz University Medical Center publishes new results on noise pollution from the Gutenberg Health Study Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz IMAGE: Noise throws the heart out of rhythm. Credit: Photomontage realized by Peter Pulkowski, Mainz University Medical Center With an increasing level of noise, the incidence of atrial fibrillation also increases dramatically.…

Kids exposed to general anesthestic have poorer development, literacy and numeracy scores

Public Release: 26-Apr-2018   University of Sydney The new finding published today in Pediatric Anesthesia, is based on a data-linkage study of over 210,000 children in New South Wales, Australia. The 211,978 children included in the study were born in New South Wales at 37-plus weeks’ gestation without major congenital anomalies or neurodevelopmental disability. Of…

Common class of drugs linked to dementia even when taken 20 years before diagnosis

Public Release: 25-Apr-2018   Regenstrief Institute INDIANAPOLIS – The largest and most detailed study of the long-term impact of anticholinergic drugs, a class of drugs commonly prescribed in the United States and United Kingdom as antidepressants and incontinence medications, has found that their use is associated with increased risk of dementia, even when taken 20…

Commonly prescribed heartburn drug linked to pneumonia in older adults

Public Release: 24-Apr-2018 American Geriatrics Society Researchers at the University of Exeter have found a statistical link between pneumonia in older people and a group of medicines commonly used to neutralize stomach acid in people with heartburn or stomach ulcers. Although proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are still a valuable group of medicines, research is indicating that…