The Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation-3 (HOPE-3) study looked at the effect of reducing blood pressure (BP) and cholesterol on major cardiovascular (CV) events in patients at intermediate CV risk (but without CV disease at baseline). The results were...read more
From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people died in the United States from a drug overdose. About 400,000 of these deaths involved both prescription and illicit opioids (eg, heroin); 218,000 deaths involved prescription opioids. In 2017 alone, there were...read more
Researchers performed chart review among 500 adult patients discharged from an emergency department (ED) with new prescriptions to investigate potential interactions with preexisting medications. Patient’s reported home medications and the newly prescribed...read more
Q What do I need to know about statins?A Much of the cholesterol in your blood is actually made by your liver. Statins lower your cholesterol level by keeping your liver from making so much cholesterol. When the liver makes less cholesterol, it makes up...read more
Medical cannabis may provide relief of chronic pain, sleep disorders, neuropathy, and anxiety in older adults, according to preliminary results presented a the recent American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting. Researchers looked at 204 people,...read more
Results from the long-term follow-up of participants in the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that enrolled patients between 1996 and 2001 were recently published. Metformin use over 15 years was compared to placebo in patients who were at high risk for...read more
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), which includes high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, and coronary heart disease, is prevalent and costly. Coronary heart disease is the most common form, accounting for 43% of all deaths attributed to CVD. The underlying...read more
A link between the risk of dying and how often patients take their statins was identified by a large observational study. The researchers looked at how poor statin adherence affects mortality in patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD)....read more
Q: Is cannabidiol (CBD) legal? A: This is a confusing topic – whether or not CBD is legal to use isn’t always clear. Marijuana is still considered an illegal drug by the federal government, and that includes anything that is made or “extracted”...read more
The popularity of medical marijuana (also known as medical cannabis) continues to grow in the US. In 2018, over 3.5 million patients were registered to use medical cannabis; an increase from 2.6 million in March, 2016. As of January 2019, 33 states and...read more
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