Maintenance or discontinuation of antidepressants in primary care

Major depressive disorder is one of the most common health conditions in the world and is characterized by persistent feelings of hopelessness, dejection, worry, poor concentration, lack of energy, inability to sleep, and potentially suicide. In the United States, about 19% of adults over the age of are taking an antidepressant medication. In a multi-clinic, […]

The Role of Pharmacists in Reduction of Inappropriate Emergency Department Use: Solution to the Problem?

With the focus of American healthcare system recently shifting from volume-based to value-based, high healthcare costs are a substantial issue. An estimated 13-27% of emergency room visits in 2008 were deemed inappropriate, preventable with proper primary care or manageable in primary or urgent care settings. Prevention of inappropriate emergency department (ED) utilization can potentially save […]

Home Care for Cancer Patients during Pandemic: Can Disaster Management Strategies Help?

Cancer patients are considered vulnerable due to an increased risk of developing severe cases of COVID-19 disease compared with non-oncological population. Patients with advanced forms of cancer receiving palliative care at home are particularly frail. In recent article published on July 1, 2020 at the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management of the American Academy […]

Empagliflozin Trial Shows Positive Results for Reducing Risk of Cardiovascular Death or Hospitalization

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in the United States, and the risk of death in people with heart failure rises with each hospital admission. Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction occurs when the heart muscle does not contract effectively, and less blood is pumped out to the body compared to a normally […]

Water Lithiation is Associated with Lower Suicide Rates

In 1949, an Australian psychiatrist named John Cade discovered therapeutic dosing of lithium as a mood stabilizer for the pharmacologic treatment and prevention of manic or depressive episodes, which reduced the risk of suicide in treated individuals. A meta-analysis and systematic review published in July 2020 compiled articles published from 1946-2018 to assess the correlation […]

Uncomplicated Appendicitis: Nonoperative Treatment in Children

After the first successful operation to treat acute appendicitis in 1759 in France and the invention of general anesthesia in 1846, appendectomy became in the 1880s one of the mainstays of treatment for appendicitis. Currently in the United States, more than 250,000 individuals undergo appendectomy, but new research may significantly reduce that number. A study […]

FDAQuest pooling tests

FDA announces that Quest diagnostics now offers pooling sample testing for COVID-19 for use with pooled samples containing up to four individual swab specimens collected under observation. The Quest test is the first COVID-19 diagnostic test to be authorized for use with pooled samples. If the sample comes back positive, then each individual is swabbed […]

Exercise has key benefits for patients with dementia

While many focus on the cognitive effects of dementia, there are also prominent physical changes. The most notably changes being in gait, balance, coordination, proprioception, and vision. Often, staff wish to preserve the safety of patients with dementia by limiting their independent mobility and ambulation, but are we truly protecting these individuals?   Randomized controlled […]

Study Examines if Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Affect Severity of Delirium

Experts estimate that by the year 2050, 13.8 million older adults in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s disease and related Dementias (ADRD). Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but other forms include Lewy Body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular dementia which all gradually degrade cognitive function such as memory and decision-making. […]

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