An essential part of obesity care is making sure treatments are safe for patients.
• A one-year trial found that the eKidneyCare smartphone app helped patients with chronic kidney disease take their prescribed medications properly.
• The app may help to prevent adverse drug reactions and other medication errors that can endanger patients.
When physicians failed to verbally provide information about potential side effects, older people incorrectly assumed that about 55% of their prescribed medications had none. When they did provide the information, patients incorrectly assumed there were no side effects for 22% of the medications.
Use of preventive antimalarial treatments reduces by half the number of malaria infections among schoolchildren, according to a new analysis published today in The Lancet Global Health.
Chronic stress is associated with the pathogenesis of psychological disorders such as depression. A study is the first to identify the role of a neuronal receptor that straddles the intersection between social stress, inflammation, and anxiety in rodent models of stress. Findings suggest the possibility of developing better medications to treat the consequences of chronic stress by limiting inflammatory signaling not just generally, which may not be beneficial in the long run, but to specific brain circuits.