Digital educational materials may be printed for patients
Some healthcare professionals prefer to print out pharmaceutical companies' educational materials.

07/31/2012

A new study indicates that 55 percent of non-physician healthcare professionals prefer using printed educational materials when communicating with patients. Continue reading

Scientists are concerned about long-term use of steroids
Long-term use of oral steroids may increase the risk of osteoporosis.

07/31/2012

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation discovered that a significant number of patients in the U.S. take oral steroid medications for years, potentially increasing their risk of osteoporosis. Continue reading

Pediatric guidelines for lipid screening may be overly aggressive
Pediatric guidelines for lipid screening may be overly aggressive.

07/31/2012

New federal guidelines for lipid screening in children may not only be unnecessary, but may also be lacking strong scientific evidence. Continue reading

Antibiotic may help prevent exacerbation of COPD
An antibiotic may help prevent exacerbations of COPD.

07/30/2012

Individuals who live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be able to avert exacerbations of their condition with the help of a preventive regimen of azithromycin, according to new research. Continue reading

Medical provider concerned about ubiquity of insomnia medications
Medications to keep sleepless people alert are becoming more in-demand.

07/30/2012

The emergence of a new medication to help individuals stay alert in cases of poor sleep has raised concern from one medical provider about inappropriate use of such drugs. Continue reading

Study suggests medical device for depression may work in real world
Transcranial magnetic stimulation may be helpful for depression patients.

07/30/2012

An investigation led by Butler Hospital indicates that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) may effectively treat depression patients in the clinical setting, a finding that supports previous clinical trials. Continue reading

Group petitions FDA for label changes to opioids
A medical group is asking the FDA to change the medicine labels for opioids.

07/27/2012

Clinicians, researchers and health officials affiliated with the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing submitted a petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that asks the federal agency to change the prescription labels of opioid medications in order to reflect safety concerns. Continue reading

Journal publisher discusses new ad model
A journal publisher is shifting more of its ad packages to a digital format for iPads.

07/27/2012

Wolters Kluwer, a company whose titles include the publications under Ovid and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, has introduced a new model of advertising that takes advantage of healthcare professionals’ growing migration toward the iPad, as reported by Medical Marketing & Media. Continue reading

Study emphasizes erectile dysfunction as a sign of heart disease
Doctors should ask more men about erectile dysfunction in order to gauge heart health.

07/26/2012

In the interest of correctly diagnosing heart disease in men, doctors should widen the pool to include male patients whom they screen for erectile dysfunction (ED), according to new research. Continue reading

Not enough drug trials enroll children
Researchers from Harvard concluded that not enough drug trials include children.

07/26/2012

New research from Harvard Medical School suggests that few clinical drug trials enroll children, even in cases when the medication is designed to treat a disease that is common among pediatric patients, as reported by Reuters Health. Continue reading