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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911003/current-psychotropic-medication-prescribing-patterns-in-late-life-bipolar-disorder
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Soham Rej, Nathan Herrmann, Kenneth Shulman, Hadas D Fischer, Kinwah Fung, Andrea Gruneir
OBJECTIVE: Many patients with bipolar disorder are reaching old age, but whether they are receiving evidence-based psychotropic treatment remains unclear. Our objective was to describe current psychotropic prescribing patterns in a large Canadian late-life bipolar sample. METHODS: Population-based cross-sectional study of 1443 bipolar disorder patients aged ≥ 66, discharged from a psychiatric hospitalization in Ontario, Canada from 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2012...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910133/physical-restraints-and-associations-with-neuropsychiatric-symptoms-and-personal-characteristics-in-residential-care-a-cross-sectional-study
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Marja Kuronen, Hannu Kautiainen, Pertti Karppi, Sirpa Hartikainen, Hannu Koponen
BACKGROUND: Physical restraints are widely used in residential care. The objective was to investigate restraint use and its associations with neuropsychiatric symptoms and personal characteristics in residential care. METHODS: Data were collected in the South Savo Hospital District from 66 of 68 public or private institutions providing long-term residential care. Nurses assessed the use of physical restraints and neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) included in the symptom list of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI)...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907210/assessing-potentially-inappropriate-prescribing-in-community-dwelling-older-patients-using-the-updated-version-of-stopp-start-criteria-a-comparison-of-profiles-and-prevalences-with-respect-to-the-original-version
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Encarnación Blanco-Reina, Maria Rosa García-Merino, Ricardo Ocaña-Riola, Lorena Aguilar-Cano, Jennifer Valdellós, Inmaculada Bellido-Estévez, Gabriel Ariza-Zafra
Emerging and changing evidence made it necessary to update STOPP-START criteria, and version 2 was published recently. In this study the objectives were to determine the prevalence of potentially inappropriate medication prescribing (PIM) in primary care using STOPP versions 1 (v1) and 2 (v2), as well as 2012 AGS Beers criteria, and analyze the factors associated with inappropriate prescribing according to STOPP/START v2. A cross-sectional study was carried out including community-dwelling older adults over the age of 65...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906413/comparison-of-psychodrug-prescription-patterns-in-patients-diagnosed-with-bipolar-disorder-and-addiction
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Diego Barral, Fátima Barral, Nuria Cruz, Juan D Molina, Victoria Sánchez, Teresa Rosique
OBJECTIVE: To describe if there are differences in the prescription of psychodrug at discharge between bipolar disorder patients with or without addiction. METHODS: We review all the psychotropic drugs dispensed to inpatients of a brief hospitalization psychiatric unit diagnosed as having bipolar disorder at time of discharge. We recluted 225 patients over 18 years old on their last manic episode, between the year 2000 and 2010. We classify them according to the comorbid presence or not of a substance abuse or dependence disorder...
November 2016: Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905940/drug-poisoning-deaths-in-the-united-states-1999-2012-a-statistical-adjustment-analysis
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Christopher J Ruhm
BACKGROUND: Drug poisoning mortality in the US has risen rapidly but the drugs involved are frequently unspecified on death certificates. METHODS: Reported and adjusted proportions of specific drug types involved in fatal drug poisonings were calculated using vital statistics mortality data from 1999 to 2012. The adjusted proportions were those predicted to occur if at least one specific type of drug had been identified on the death certificates of all poisoning fatalities...
January 15, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903034/prescription-drug-abuse-a-timely-update
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Benny Monheit, Danusia Pietrzak, Sandra Hocking
BACKGROUND: Prescription drug abuse is a rising problem in Australia and pharmaceutical drugs have been the most frequent contributors to overdose deaths in Victoria in recent years. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this article are to examine the main prescription drugs contributing to overdose deaths and to consider how doctors may help in reducing this problem. DISCUSSION: Data from the Coroners Court of Victoria list the main drugs that contributed to drug-related deaths in 2009-15...
December 2016: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898439/limiting-sedation-for-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-time-to-wake-up
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Faraaz Ali Shah, Timothy D Girard, Sachin Yende
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Critically ill patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) may require sedation in their clinical care. The goals of sedation in ARDS patients are to improve patient comfort and tolerance of supportive and therapeutic measures without contributing to adverse outcomes. This review discusses the current evidence for sedation management in patients with ARDS. RECENT FINDINGS: Deep sedation strategies should be avoided in the care of patients with ARDS because deep sedation has been associated with increased time on mechanical ventilation, longer ICU and hospital length of stay, and higher mortality in critically ill patients...
November 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897203/reducing-gabaa-mediated-inhibition-improves-forelimb-motor-function-after-focal-cortical-stroke-in-mice
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Claudia Alia, Cristina Spalletti, Stefano Lai, Alessandro Panarese, Silvestro Micera, Matteo Caleo
A deeper understanding of post-stroke plasticity is critical to devise more effective pharmacological and rehabilitative treatments. The GABAergic system is one of the key modulators of neuronal plasticity, and plays an important role in the control of "critical periods" during brain development. Here, we report a key role for GABAergic inhibition in functional restoration following ischemia in the adult mouse forelimb motor cortex. After stroke, the majority of cortical sites in peri-infarct areas evoked simultaneous movements of forelimb, hindlimb and tail, consistent with a loss of inhibitory signalling...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896660/ayahuasca-exposure-descriptive-analysis-of-calls-to-us-poison-control-centers-from-2005-to-2015
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C William Heise, Daniel E Brooks
BACKGROUND: Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic plant preparation which usually contains the vine Banisteriopsis caapi and the shrub Psychotria viridis. This tea originates from the Amazon Basin where it is used in religious ceremonies. Because interest in these religious groups spreading as well as awareness of use of ayahuasca for therapeutic and recreational purposes, its use is increasing. Banisteriopsis caapi is rich in β-carbolines, especially harmine, tetrahydroharmine and harmaline, which have monoamine oxidase inhibiting (MAOI) activity...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895235/benzodiazepine-initiation-and-dose-escalation-a-risk-factor-for-inpatient-falls
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Brian W Skinner, Elizabeth V Johnston, Lindsay M Saum
BACKGROUND: Benzodiazepines (BZDs) place patients at a significant risk of falling. The current literature does not address if this risk is increased during initiation or dose escalations of BZDs. OBJECTIVE: To determine if initiation or dose escalations of BZD regimens are associated with an increased risk of falls in hospitalized patients compared with patients maintained on their home dose or who had their dose decreased from baseline. METHODS: This retrospective case-control study evaluated hospitalized patients aged 45 years or older who received a BZD...
November 27, 2016: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894225/agreement-between-the-2009-stopp-criteria-and-the-2003-beers-criteria-at-the-time-of-hospital-admission
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María Muñoz García, Eva Delgado Silveira, Sagrario Martín-Aragón Álvarez, Teresa Bermejo Vicedo, Alfonso José Cruz-Jentoft
: Potentially inappropriate prescription in elderly patients can be evaluated by different methods. The STOPP Criteria and Beers Criteria stand out among the explicit criteria most widely used. OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this study is to identify the agreement in the detection of potentially inappropriate prescribing between the STOPP criteria and the Beers Criteria, in elderly patients assessed at the time of hospital admission. METHOD: An observational retrospective study was designed in order to estimate the prevalence of potentially inappropriate prescription in the habitual treatment before admission, and to compare the agreement in detection capability between the 2003 Beers Criteria and the 2009 STOPP Criteria, in >70-yearold patients with an emergency hospital admission...
November 1, 2016: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894000/synthesis-and-fluorescence-studies-of-nine-1-5-benzodiazepine-2-4-dione-derivatives-dual-emission-and-excimer-fluorescence
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Hamid Reza Qomi, Azizollah Habibi, Seyyed Mohammad Shahcheragh
The photophysical properties of nine 1,5-benzodiazepine-2,4-dione (BZD) derivatives were investigated using absorption and fluorescence spectral techniques in dimethyl sulfoxide. The trend of red shifts caused by the substitutions had full compliance with the trend of decreasing the calculated band gap (ΔELUMO-HOMO) by semi-empirical AM1 and DFT/B3LYP/6-311+G* computational methods. The positive solvatochromism of BZD a demonstrated the π-π* nature of the singlet excited state. Dual fluorescence was observed in the emission spectra of BZD f and g, while their spectrum in different concentration showed only one peak short wavelength (SW) in dilute solutions...
November 22, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893572/pain-management-in-pediatric-burn-patients-review-of-recent-literature-and-future-directions
#13
Omar Pardesi, Gennadiy Fuzaylov
Childhood burns are a profoundly traumatic and painful experience. Despite recognition of the prevalence of burn injuries in children and the severity of the associated pain, burn pain remains undertreated. At the same time, more evidence is emerging to suggest that undertreated pain has serious long-term medical and psychiatric consequences, many of which can be ameliorated with improved pain control. Pain in burn patients is, however, notoriously difficult to treat, perhaps because there is a chronic pain aspect underlying the acute pain that accompanies wound care and procedures...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893511/continuous-infusion-antiepileptic-medications-for-refractory-status-epilepticus-a-review-for-nurses
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Adam L Wiss, Michael Samarin, Jacob Marler, G Morgan Jones
Status epilepticus requires treatment with emergent initial therapy with a benzodiazepine and urgent control therapy with an additional antiepileptic drug (AED) to terminate clinical and/or electrographic seizure activity. However, nearly one-third of patients will prove refractory to the aforementioned therapies and are prone to a higher degree of neuronal injury, resistance to pharmacotherapy, and death. Current guidelines for refractory status epilepticus (RSE) recommend initiating a continuous intravenous (CIV) anesthetic over bolus dosing with a different AED...
January 2017: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893291/association-between-use-of-short-acting-benzodiazepines-and-migraine-occurrence-a-nationwide-population-based-case-control-study
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Tomor Harnod, Yu-Chiao Wang, Cheng-Li Lin, Chun-Hung Tseng
AIM: To evaluate the association between using benzodiazepines (BZDs) with short- or long-acting durations and migraine occurrence. METHODS: 9616 subjects aged older than 20 years and newly diagnosed with migraine between 2005 and 2011 comprised the migraine group, and 38464 subjects without migraine comprised the comparison group. The BZDs used in the subjects were dichotomously defined as short-acting (half-life ≤24 h) and long-acting substances. Logistic regression model was used to calculate the odds ratio (OR) of migraine associated with BZD exposure and other diseases...
November 28, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893000/association-between-benzodiazepine-receptor-agonists-and-snoring-among-women-in-the-nurses-health-study
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Brian M Lin, Frank B Hu, Gary C Curhan
Importance: Snoring is highly prevalent among adults. The use of benzodiazepine receptor agonists is also common, with higher prevalence of use with more advanced age. Benzodiazepine receptor agonists cause muscle relaxation, which may affect muscle tone and airway dynamics and thereby increase snoring. Previous studies examining the association between use of benzodiazepine receptor agonists and snoring were underpowered to detect clinically meaningful differences or did not report the magnitude of association...
November 17, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891571/high-risk-medications-in-hospitalized-elderly-adults-are-we-making-it-easy-to-do-the-wrong-thing
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Nina L Blachman, Rosanne M Leipzig, Madhu Mazumdar, Jashvant Poeran
OBJECTIVES: To examine dosages of high-risk medications administered to elderly adults who fall in the hospital and to determine whether electronic default doses are appropriate for elderly adults. DESIGN: Retrospective. SETTING: Large urban academic hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older experiencing a fall. MEASUREMENTS: Prescribed daily dosages and use of high-risk medications (opiates, benzodiazepines, benzodiazepine-receptor agonists (BRAs), sleep medications, muscle relaxants, antipsychotics) administered within 24 hours before a fall were ascertained and compared with published recommended dosages for older adults and the hospital's electronic medical record (EMR) default doses for these drugs...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890484/25-years-of-advances-in-definition-classification-and-treatment-of-status-epilepticus
#18
Eugen Trinka, Reetta Kälviäinen
PURPOSE: Status epilepticus (SE) requires not only urgent symptomatic treatment with antiepileptic drugs but also rapid identification and treatment of its cause. This narrative review summarizes the most important advances in classification and treatment of SE. METHOD: Data sources included MEDLINE, EMBASE, ClinicalTrials.gov, and back tracking of references in pertinent studies, reviews, and books. RESULTS: SE is now defined as "a condition resulting either from the failure of the mechanisms responsible for seizure termination or from the initiation of mechanisms, which lead to abnormally, prolonged seizures (after time point t1)...
November 14, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889833/factors-associated-with-expression-of-extrapyramidal-symptoms-in-users-of-atypical-antipsychotics
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Susana Barbosa Ribeiro, Aurigena Antunes de Araújo, Caroline Addison Xavier Medeiros, Katarina Melo Chaves, Maria do Socorro Costa Feitosa Alves, Antonio Gouveia Oliveira, Rand Randall Martins
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate factors associated with the occurrence of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) in users of second-generation antipsychotics (SGA). METHODS: Observational cross-sectional study based on a random sample of subjects from three outpatient clinics. Inclusion criteria were age between 18 and 65 years, of both genders, with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and under the use of a single SGA agent. Subjects who had received i.m. long-acting antipsychotics in the past were excluded...
November 26, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889507/cyp2c9-genotypes-modify-benzodiazepine-related-fall-risk-original-results-from-three-studies-with-meta-analysis
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Annelies C Ham, Gijsbertus Ziere, Linda Broer, Karin M A Swart, Anke W Enneman, Suzanne C van Dijk, Janneke P van Wijngaarden, Nikita L van der Zwaluw, Elske M Brouwer-Brolsma, Rosalie A M Dhonukshe-Rutten, Natasja M van Schoor, M Carola Zillikens, Teun van Gelder, Oscar J de Vries, Paul Lips, Dorly J H Deeg, Lisette C P G M de Groot, Albert Hofman, Renger F Witkamp, André G Uitterlinden, Bruno H Stricker, Nathalie van der Velde
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the CYP2C9*2 and *3 variants modify benzodiazepine-related fall risk. DESIGN: Three prospective studies; the Rotterdam Study, B-PROOF, and LASA. SETTING: Community-dwelling individuals living in or near five Dutch cities. PARTICIPANTS: There were 11,485 participants aged ≥55 years. MEASUREMENTS: Fall incidents were recorded prospectively. Benzodiazepine use was determined using pharmacy dispensing records or interviews...
November 23, 2016: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
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