Statin tablets

Statin treatment associated with reduced risk of glaucomaSubscription

Receiving statin treatment for five years or more is associated with a 21% reduced risk of primary glaucoma, research has shown.

Kidney ultrasound

SGLT2 inhibitor lowers risk of kidney failure in type 2 diabetesSubscription

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease have a lower risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular events if they are treated with canagliflozin, research has confirmed.

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App helps patients cut opioid use after knee replacementSubscription

Patients who underwent knee replacement who used an app to monitor their analgesic use had better pain control and took fewer opioids post surgery, study results show.

Xanax

Concerns raised over non-medical alprazolam useSubscription

The benzodiazepine alprazolam is being obtained for non-medical use in the UK, particularly among young people, a survey has found.

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Immunotherapy delays type 1 diabetes mellitus in high-risk individualsSubscription

Certain individuals at high risk of developing type 1 diabetes mellitis can delay progression to clinical disease by two years or more with a two-week course of teplizumab, according to a phase II study Source: Shutterstock.com

Vitamin D fish oil supplement

Vitamin D not protective against cardiovascular eventsSubscription

Vitamin D supplementation is not associated with a reduced risk of major cardiovascular events, a meta-analysis suggests.

Methadone

Alzheimer’s drug reduces illicit opioid use in methadone recipientsSubscription

People who take methadone use fewer illicit opioids when galantamine is added to their therapy, research shows.

Osteoarthritis of the hand

Prednisolone reduces hand osteoarthritis pain Subscription

Patients with hand osteoarthritis experienced improvements in pain and function with low-dose prednisolone treatment, according to a study presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology.

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Esketamine nasal spray effective for rapid improvement of depressive symptomsSubscription

The ketamine-related nasal spray esketamine is effective at relieving the symptoms of treatment-resistant depression, a phase III study has shown.

Older person pharmacist consultation

Weekly with pharmacist improves medicine adherence in people with heart failureSubscription

Regular consultations with pharmacists lead to improved medicine adherence in people with chronic heart failure, research results show.

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Room for improvement in UK heart failure care, researchers findSubscription

National reporting and incentive schemes, such as the Quality and Outcomes Framework, have not prevented suboptimal management of heart failure in the UK, research published in PLoS Medicine has concluded.

Man with multiple scerosis in a wheelchair

Effect of statin on MS progression not related to cholesterol reductionSubscription

A previously demonstrated effect of simvastatin in delaying progression of an advanced form of multiple sclerosis is not related to its effect on cholesterol levels, a study published in PNAS has shown.

Parkinson's disease

Daily isradipine is ineffective at slowing Parkinson’s diseaseSubscription

The blood pressure therapy isradipine does not slow disease progression in people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease, findings presented at the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting have shown.

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