December 2015 Heart Health

Epilepsy Treatment Should Immediately Follow First Seizure

December 21, 2015

Epilepsy Watch

A guideline recently released by the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society has clarified that antiepileptic medication should be administered immediately after a patient's first seizure in order to reduce the risk of having another seizure within 2 years.

COPD More Prevalent in Rural and Poor Areas of United States

December 21, 2015

COPD Watch

Patients who live in low-income of rural areas of the United States may face a greater risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to recent study results presented at the 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference.

COPD Linked to Higher Lung Cancer Risk Among Smokers

December 21, 2015

COPD Watch

Although smoking is a well-known risk factor for lung cancer, the results of a recent study indicate that smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) face a significantly higher risk of developing lung cancer than smokers without the respiratory condition.

Children Who Undergo Epilepsy Surgery May Struggle Academically

December 21, 2015

Epilepsy Watch

Although brain surgery is a common option for patients with epilepsy who do not respond to medication, a recent study has found that children who undergo this procedure may experience difficulties in school afterward.

Psychological Conditions Increase Early Hospital Readmission Rate in Patients with COPD

December 21, 2015

COPD Watch

Patients who develop a psychological conditions suck as depression anxiety, psychosis, or alcohol/drug abuse are more likely to be readmitted early to a hospital for complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, recent study results suggest.

Comprehensive Physical and Mental Exam Ordered for Pharmacist

December 18, 2015

Legal Focus

The unusual behavior of a pharmacist attracted the attention of the state board of pharmacy, leading it to issue a confidential order that he undergo a comprehensive physical and medical examination.

Providing Care Through Education

December 18, 2015

RESPy Awards

For Rebecca Mousseau, a pharmacy student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, pharmacists are not only health care providers; they are also educators and leaders.

Hypertension: New Treatment Guidelines

December 18, 2015

Patient Education

The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the American Society of Hypertension recently issued new recommendations for treating hypertension in patients who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, stroke, or other forms of heart disease.

Acute Coronary Syndrome: How to Empower Patients

December 16, 2015

Counseling Focus

Patients with a new diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome often do not know a great deal about their disease, its treatment, or the lifestyle changes needed to prevent recurrence.

Prestalia

December 16, 2015

Rx Product News Profile

The FDA has approved Symplmed's Prestalia (perindopril arginine and amlodipine besylate) tablets for the treatment of hypertension to lower blood pressure in patients who are not adequately controlled with monotherapy or as initial therapy in patients likely to need multiple medications to achieve their blood pressure (BP) goals.1 An estimated 1 in 3 Americans have hypertension, about half of whom have it controlled.