March 2015 Central Nervous System

The "Internet of Things" that Can Change Health Care

March 23, 2015

Technology News

At this year's International Consumer Electronics Show, the show-stealing technology was not a fancy new tablet, a wearable device, or a smartphone with lots of features. Instead, the technology category to which those products belong became the show's sweetheart.

Common Pesticide a Potential Risk Factor for ADHD

March 20, 2015

ADHD Watch

A study examining the frequently used pyrethroid pesticide deltamethrin suggests that the substance may affect the development of the brain's dopamine system, potentially increasing the risk of ADHD in children.

Symptoms of Parkinson's Alleviated by Low-Frequency Stimulation

March 20, 2015

Parkinson's Disease Watch

A recent study examining the therapeutic benefits of deep brain stimulation in treating Parkinson's symptoms has deemed lowfrequency stimulation to be superior to high-frequency stimulation in improving patients' swallowing dysfunction and freezing of gait.

Parkinson's-Related Depression Frequently Untreated

March 20, 2015

Parkinson's Disease Watch

While depression is among the most predominant nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, a recent study has concluded that it often goes untreated in many Parkinson's patients.

Beer Ingredient May Protect Against Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

March 20, 2015

Parkinson's Disease Watch

A recent study suggests that the hops frequently brewed into beer may hold a key to preventing brain cell damage and staving off the development of neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

Psychotherapy Underutilized by Children with ADHD

March 20, 2015

ADHD Watch

While evidence suggests that children with ADHD fare better when treated with both stimulant medication and behavior therapy, a study has found that many of the children who are prescribed ADHD medication do not receive psychotherapy.

Fostering Dialogue Between Patients and Pharmacists

March 19, 2015

RESPy Awards

For Jillian Beneventi, a pharmacy student at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy, no element of her work as a future pharmacist is as important as the relationships she builds with her patients.

Battle of the Bulge

March 18, 2015

Brown Bag Consult

Although patients frequently visit multiple physician specialists for various conditions, weight and nutritional concerns are often overlooked. Pharmacists can be instrumental in identifying and helping patients with weight management issues and eating disorders.

Pharmacy Law: Liability Claim by Parents for Child's Reaction to Overdose

March 17, 2015

Legal Focus

A medication dispensing error at a pharmacy, in which the directions for use were mislabeled, resulted in the hospitalization of a child. May the parents maintain a lawsuit against the pharmacy for damages?

Recommendations for Addressing System-Based Causes of Vaccine Errors

March 12, 2015

Medication Safety

In light of an ongoing influx of new and novel vaccines, an ever-increasing array of combination vaccines, special precautions associated with certain vaccines, and frequently changing immunization recommendations, it is crucial that pharmacies and other practice sites examine their processes and implement risk-reduction strategies.

Target-Specific Oral Anticoagulants for Treating Venous Thromboembolism

March 12, 2015

Anticoagulation Counseling

The new target-specific oral anticoagulants, which include dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban have demonstrated safety and efficacy in the treatment of venous thromboembolism.

Xigduo XR by AstraZeneca

March 12, 2015

Rx Product News Profile

The FDA has approved Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin and metformin HCl extended-release tablets) as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus when treatment with both dapagliflozin and metformin is appropriate.

OTC Products for Insomnia: from Sleepless to Sweet Dreams

March 10, 2015

OTC Focus

The value of a good night's sleep is often underestimated until one experiences insomnia. Left untreated, insomnia can negatively impact an individual's health, ability to perform routine tasks, and overall quality of life.