Articles matching the ‘Drug prescribing’ Category

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November 22nd, 2019

Podcast 243: Lowering high blood pressure lowers dementia risk

Controlling hypertension lowers the relative risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by roughly 15%. Given that many people have poorly-controlled hypertension, the finding that all antihypertensives are effective in bringing about this result might get your patients to be more adherent. We talk with Dr. Lenore Launer of the NIH’s Institute on Aging about her recent meta-analysis […]


August 20th, 2017

Podcast 211: On (not) staying the (antibiotic) course

Sometimes — but not all the time — patients can be advised to stop a course of antibiotics if they feel better. Traditionally, the advice has been to complete the entire course, regardless. Why? Because it was thought that stopping early might lead to more antibiotic resistance. That’s changing now, as the WHO and the […]


September 14th, 2013

Podcast 167 — The polypill: adherence at last?

Running time: 7 min The recent JAMA article examining the effects of the “polypill” on adherence and clinical benefits in patients with (or at high risk for) cardiovascular disease, is our topic. The polypill in this trial contained fixed doses of four separate drugs: aspirin, a statin, lisinopril and one other blood-pressure-lowering drug — either atenolol […]


December 9th, 2011

Podcast 138: Why do kids in the U.S. get so many inappropriate broad-spectrum antibiotics?

When kids go for ambulatory care, they get an antibiotic prescribed about 20% of the time. Half of those antibiotics are of the broad-spectrum variety. What are the factors leading up to this, and what are some resources to turn to for better information on this dangerous situation? Listen in to  this 27-minute podcast with the first […]


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