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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734939/public-health-acetaminophen-apap-hepatotoxicity-isn-t-it-time-for-apap-to-go-away
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William M Lee
Acetaminophen (APAP) is the most commonly used drug for the treatment of pain and fever around the world. At the same time, APAP is capable of causing dose-related hepatocellular necrosis, responsible for nearly 500 deaths annually in the U.S. alone, as well as 100,000 calls to US Poison Control Centers, 50,000 emergency room visits and 10,000 hospitalizations per year. As an over-the-counter and prescription product (with opioids), APAP toxicity dwarfs all other prescription drugs as a cause for acute liver failure in the United States and Europe, but is not regulated in any significant way...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733944/the-gastric-and-intestinal-microbiome-role-of-proton-pump-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Artem Minalyan, Lilit Gabrielyan, David Scott, Jonathan Jacobs, Joseph R Pisegna
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The discovery of Helicobacter pylori and other organisms colonizing the stomach and the intestines has shed some light on the importance of microbiome in maintaining overall health and developing pathological conditions when alterations in biodiversity are present. The gastric acidity plays a crucial role in filtering out bacteria and preventing development of enteric infections. In this article, we discuss the physiology of gastric acid secretion and bacterial contribution to the composition of gastric and intestinal barriers and review the current literature on the role of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in the microbial biodiversity of the gastrointestinal tract...
August 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732235/medication-takeovers-covert-druggings-and-behavioral-control-in-alzheimer-s
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Brandon Berry, Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano
Older adults consume the most prescription medication in the U.S. For those who develop Alzheimer's disease, risk of medication misuse increases with the progression of the disease. Family members commonly intervene to lessen risks by taking over the management and administering of a medication regimen. Despite the potential for grave harm around the misuse of powerful drugs, few studies provide insight into the household social context of medication use for this disease. Drawing on 60 in-depth interviews conducted in four waves over 2...
July 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721311/from-kaua-i-to-hawai-i-island-interisland-differences-in-emergency-contraceptive-pill-availability
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Holly Bullock, Mary Tschann, Jennifer Elia, Bliss Kaneshiro, Jennifer Salcedo
Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are medications used after unprotected intercourse, underprotected intercourse, or sexual assault to decrease the risk of pregnancy. Availability of ECPs in Hawai'i's retail pharmacies was last assessed in 2007, following over-the-counter access to levonorgestrel ECPs (LNG-ECP) for women age 18 years or older and prior to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of prescription-only ulipristal acetate (UPA). We conducted a county-by-county subanalysis from a larger observational population-based study on statewide availability of ECPs in Hawai'i's pharmacies...
July 2017: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719606/prescription-medicine-use-by-pedestrians-and-the-risk-of-injurious-road-traffic-crashes-a-case-crossover-study
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Mélanie Née, Marta Avalos, Audrey Luxcey, Benjamin Contrand, Louis-Rachid Salmi, Annie Fourrier-Réglat, Blandine Gadegbeku, Emmanuel Lagarde, Ludivine Orriols
BACKGROUND: While some medicinal drugs have been found to affect driving ability, no study has investigated whether a relationship exists between these medicines and crashes involving pedestrians. The aim of this study was to explore the association between the use of medicinal drugs and the risk of being involved in a road traffic crash as a pedestrian. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Data from 3 French nationwide databases were matched. We used the case-crossover design to control for time-invariant factors by using each case as its own control...
July 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712737/pharmacists-can-help-prevent-lipoid-pneumonia
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Ann E Cabri, Afoma King, Lee Morrow, Mark A Malesker
OBJECTIVES: To report 2 cases of lipoid pneumonia. SUMMARY: Lipoid pneumonia is an inflammatory process in the lower airways due to the presence of lipid molecules in the alveoli. Exogenous lipoid pneumonia is due to the inhalation or aspiration of fat-containing substances. Historically, mineral oil is the most common medication cause but there have also been several reports of lipoid pneumonia associated with petroleum jelly, medicated vapor rub, and lip glosses...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705150/economic-burden-of-varicella-in-children-1-12%C3%A2-years-of-age-in-hungary-2011-2015
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Z Meszner, Z Molnar, E Rampakakis, H K Yang, B J Kuter, Lara J Wolfson
BACKGROUND: Although live-attenuated varicella-zoster virus (VZV) vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in preventing varicella and real-word evidence shows routine childhood immunization programs are effective in dramatically reducing varicella associated morbidity and mortality, varicella vaccine is not included in the National Immunization Program (NIP) in Hungary. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical and economic burden associated with varicella in Hungary...
July 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703305/use-of-multicriteria-decision-analysis-for-assessing-the-benefit-and-risk-of-over-the-counter-analgesics
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Andrew Moore, Anne Crossley, Bernard Ng, Lawrence Phillips, Özgür Sancak, K D Rainsford
OBJECTIVES: To test the ability of a multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) model to incorporate disparate data sources of varying quality along with clinical judgement in a benefit-risk assessment of six well-known pain-relief drugs. METHODS: Six over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics were evaluated against three favourable effects and eight unfavourable effects by seven experts who specialise in the relief of pain, two in a 2-day facilitated workshop whose input data and judgements were later peer-reviewed by five additional experts...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702899/complex-antioxidants-in-a-randomized-single-blinded-study-of-memory-in-seniors
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William K Summers, Roy L Martin, Yimeng Liu, Bernice Peña, Gary M Marsh
INTRODUCTION: Oxidative injury to the brain and aging are theoretical co-causes of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Amyloid plaques and tangles are then secondary phenomenon. The preclinical state would then be 'normal' elderly. METHODS: A potent complex antioxidant (antiOx) was tested against a popular one-a-day multivitamin (mV) in a randomized single blind design in 'normal' senior subjects over 6 months. Memory testing was done at baseline, 1, 3, and 6 months. The generalized estimating equation (GEE) approach was used to compare the change score of NLT100 and 20WR between two groups over time...
July 12, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700764/a-sheep-in-wolf-s-clothing
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Sahand Rahnama-Moghadam, Robert T Gilson
A 25-year-old college student with no medical history sought care at our hospital for a nonproductive cough, subjective fevers, myalgia, and malaise that he'd developed 10 days earlier. The day before his visit, he'd also developed scratchy red eyes and a sore throat. He said he'd taken an over-the-counter cough suppressant to help with the cough, but his eyes and lips developed further redness and irritation. On examination, the patient demonstrated conjunctival suffusion, periorbital edema, diffuse oral stomatitis with pseudomembranous crusting, and nasal crusting...
July 2017: Journal of Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697765/deregulation-of-sale-of-over-the-counter-drugs-outside-of-pharmacies-in-the-republic-of-korea-interrupted-time-series-analysis-of-outpatient-visits-before-and-after-the-policy
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Sung-Youn Chun, Hye-Ki Park, Kyu-Tae Han, Woorim Kim, Hyo-Jung Lee, Eun-Cheol Park
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the effectiveness of a policy allowing for the sale of over-the-counter drugs outside of pharmacies by examining its effect on number of monthly outpatient visits for acute upper respiratory infections, dyspepsia, and migraine. METHOD: We used medical claims data extracted from the Korean National Health Insurance Cohort Database from 2009 to 2013. The Korean National Health Insurance Cohort Database comprises a nationally representative sample of claims - about 2% of the entire population - obtained from the medical record data held by the Korean National Health Insurance Corporation (which has data on the entire nation)...
July 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697218/a-1-colloidal-oatmeal-cream-alone-is-effective-in-reducing-symptoms-of-mild-to-moderate-atopic-dermatitis-results-from-two-clinical-studies
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Toni Anne Lisante, Chris Nunez, Paul Zhang, Barbara M Mathes
<p>BACKGROUND: The epidermal barrier in patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) is deficient in ceramides and cathelicidins. Such epidermal defects may be a trigger for AD, thereby encouraging research toward development of skin-barrier-targeted preventive strategies.</p> <p>METHODS: Two single-center, single-arm clinical trials were conducted (study 1, age greater than equal to 8 years and study 2, greater than equal to 10 years) in patients with mild to moderate AD to evaluate the effects of an over-the-counter 1% colloidal oatmeal cream administered for 14 days...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689310/an-interactive-mobile-phone-website-platform-to-facilitate-real-time-management-of-medication-in-chronically-ill-patients
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Helena Anglada-Martínez, Maite Martin-Conde, Marina Rovira-Illamola, Jose Miguel Sotoca-Momblona, Ethel Sequeira, Valentin Aragunde, Carles Codina-Jané
Poor adherence to medication is a prevalent issue that affects 50-60% of chronically ill patients. We present Medplan, a platform for patients/caregivers and healthcare professionals (HCPs) that aims to enhance adherence, increase patient medication knowledge, and facilitate communication between patients and HCPs. The Medplan platform was designed and developed by a multidisciplinary team composed of primary care and hospital physicians, pharmacists, patients, and developers. We questioned 62 patients in order to know their opinion about the different functions the app would incorporate and other possible features that should be taken into consideration...
August 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687684/transient-neonatal-hypercalcaemia-secondary-to-excess-maternal-vitamin-d-intake-too-much-of-a-good-thing
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Adam Reynolds, Susan M O'Connell, Louise Clare Kenny, Eugene Dempsey
We report a case of transient neonatal hypercalcaemia secondary to excess maternal vitamin D intake in pregnancy. Vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency in pregnancy are associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, but there is no definite benefit to supplementation. The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology recommends routine supplementation with vitamin D3 400 IU/day, but higher dose preparations usually recommended for the treatment of vitamin D deficiency are readily available over the counter. This case highlights the risks of excess supplementation, especially at higher doses and in women without evidence of vitamin D deficiency...
July 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685179/management-of-common-ailments-requiring-referral-in-the-pharmacy-a-mystery-shopping-intervention-study
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Jack Charles Collins, Carl Richard Schneider, Renee Faraj, Frances Wilson, Abilio Cesar de Almeida Neto, Rebekah Jane Moles
Background Pharmacists can play a key role in managing ailments through their primary roles of supplying over-the-counter (non-prescription) medicines and advice-giving. It must be ensured that pharmacy staff practise in an evidence-based, guideline-compliant manner. To achieve this, mystery shopping can be used as an intervention to assess and train pharmacy staff. Objective To determine if repeated student pharmacist mystery shopping with immediate feedback affected the outcome of scenarios requiring referral to a medical practitioner...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679289/synthesis-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-hydrogel-nanoparticles-for-improving-the-solubility-of-dexibuprofen-characterization-and-toxicity-evaluation
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Qandeel Khalid, Mahmood Ahmad, Muhammad Usman Minhas
OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to enhance aqueous solubility of dexibuprofen through designing β-cyclodextrin (βCD) hydrogel nanoparticles and to evaluate toxicological potential through acute toxicity studies in rats. SIGNIFICANCE: Dexibuprofen is a non-steroidal analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug that is one of safest over the counter medications. However, its clinical effectiveness is hampered due to poor aqueous solubility. METHODS: βCD hydrogel nanoparticles were prepared and characterized by percent yield, drug loading, solubilization efficiency, FTIR, XRD, DSC, FESEM and in-vitro dissolution studies...
July 6, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669099/bilateral-simultaneous-acute-angle-closure-attack-triggered-by-an-over-the-counter-flu-medication
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Simona Delia Nicoară, Ioana Damian
Most of the rare bilateral acute angle closure (AAC) cases are precipitated by systemic factors, such as drug intake, snake bite or general anaesthesia. We present a case of simultaneous bilateral AAC in a middle-aged male, precipitated by the use of medication for flu, containing an alpha-1 adrenergic receptor agonist and an anticholinergic agent. In our case, axial length was shorter, anterior chamber depth was narrower, and the lens was thicker than normal, including the patient within the risk group for AAC...
July 1, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668688/massive-misuse-of-antibiotics-by-university-students-in-all-regions-of-china-implications-for-national-policy
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Xiaomin Wang, Dandan Peng, Weiyi Wang, Yannan Xu, Xudong Zhou, Therese Hesketh
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the greatest threats to population health this century. The primary cause of AMR is antibiotic misuse, especially the routine use of antibiotics for self-limiting illnesses. The major aim of this study was to explore behaviours in relation to antibiotic use in university students across China. An electronic questionnaire was distributed at a major university in each of the six regions. A cluster random sampling method was adopted. Chi-square and logistic regression were used to assess the relationship between knowledge and behaviour...
June 28, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657258/parental-decisions-regarding-pre-hospital-therapy-and-costing-of-the-emergency-department-visit
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M McGovern, R Kernan, M B O'Neill
Paediatric patients represent a large percentage of Emergency Department (ED) visits and there is often a perception that the acuity of these presentations is low. The decision-making process that results in parents attending the ED is poorly understood. We designed a cross-sectional cohort study to explore the reasons for attendance, the treatment initiated at home and to assess parental perception of the economic cost of attendance. Data was collected on 200 patients using a survey administered to parents in ED with a follow-up phone call 4-6 weeks later...
February 10, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656354/nonfatal-and-fatal-intoxications-with-pure-caffeine-report-of-three-different-cases
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Jan Magdalan, Marcin Zawadzki, Rafał Skowronek, Magdalena Czuba, Barbara Porębska, Tomasz Sozański, Paweł Szpot
Caffeine is not usually perceived as a drug by most people because it is found in many foods and drinks, including caffeinated energy drinks, as well as in over the counter analgesics and cold preparations. Recently in Poland it has become increasingly common to take pure caffeine, bought through online stores, as a psychoanaleptic. This creates a much higher risk of severe and even fatal poisoning in comparison with the risk associated with the abuse of food products and non-prescription medicines containing low doses of caffeine...
June 27, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
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