Antipsychotic Use Up in Adolescents Despite No Mental Health Dx

New research in JAMA Psychiatry reports that use of antipsychotics increased among adolescents and young adults over a four-year period, even though more than half did not have an outpatient or inpatient claim that included a mental disorder diagnosis.

20% of Patients Prescribed an Opioid Could Progress to Long-Term Use

Mayo Clinic researchers found that one in four patients prescribed an opioid for the first time progress to long-term prescriptions.

Alternate Confirmation Test for Essure Gets Nod from FDA

Bayer HealthCare announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an alternate confirmation test for Essure inserts, administered three months following the procedure for hysteroscopic sterilization.

Pharmacy Shopping, Overlapping Rx Linked to Opioid Overdoses

Patients who use of multiple pharmacies concurrently (pharmacy shopping) and have overlapping prescriptions for opioid medications have a greater risk of opioid overdose events, according to a study in The Journal of Pain.

Recurrent Major Depression May Damage Hippocampus

No reduction in hippocampal volume seen for those with only one episode of major depression

HCV Vastly Underreported in the United States

In one state, only one from 183 diagnosed cases met reporting criteria for CDC

How Effective is Sublingual Immunotherapy for Seasonal Allergies?

For serious seasonal allergies, shots may be more effective, researcher says

Race and Sex Impact Treatment in Newly Diagnosed A-Fib

Most notable disparities seen for catheter ablation, receipt of oral anticoagulants

Public Opinion Sought on New Licensure for Assistant Physicians

Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts seeking public opinion prior to filing rules

Meta-Analysis: Gum Chewing Beneficial After Cesarean Delivery

Gum chewing linked to improvements in major outcomes of digestive system activation