Pharmacokinetics Could Play Role in Addictive Risk With Drugs

A study appearing in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews suggests that pharmacokinetics play a significant role in the risk of abuse and misuse associated with varying drugs, from nicotine to cocaine.

Vitamin D May Not Benefit Postmenopausal Women

Postmenopausal women did not experience beneficial effects on bone mineral density, muscle function, muscle mass or falls with high-dose vitamin D, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

When the "Masks" in Medicine Crack

Doctors have a variety of identifiers that indicate their profession and expertise in medicine: scrubs, white coats, and stethoscopes, to name a few. However, they also may wear metaphorical "masks" when delivering bad news to patients or families that are difficult to emotionally maintain at times.

FDA Approves First 3D Printed Tablets

Aprecia announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Spritam (levetiracetam) tablets as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures, and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients with epilepsy.

Soybean Oil May Be Driving Obesity, Diabetes Rates in the U.S.

Could soybean oil contribute more to the development of diabetes and obesity than sugar? In a study published in PLOS ONE, mice that were fed a diet high in soybean oil had greater signs of metabolic syndrome compared to those who were fed a diet high in coconut oil or fructose.

High-Dose Flu Vaccine Leads to Less Cardio-Respiratory Events in Study

Sanofi Pasteur announced positive results from an analysis of a large-scale, multicenter efficacy trial that evaluated patients who received a higher-dose split-virus inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV-HD; Fluzone High-Dose) vs. a standard-dose split-virus inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV-SD; Fluzone).

Case Report: Pediatric Nickel Dermatitis Caused By Belt Buckles

Nickel dermatitis has been observed in a series of children whose symptoms resolved after avoiding contact with dimethylglyoxime (DMG)-positive belt buckles.

Concomitant Administration of 9vHPV With MCV4/Tdap Appears Feasible

For 11-15-year olds, concomitant administration of Gardasil 9 (9-valent human papillomavirus [9vHPV] vaccine) and Menactra (MCV4; Neisseria meningitides serotypes A/C/Y/W-135) or Adacel (Tdap; diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis) is noninferior to intermittent administration.

Review: Risk of Parasitic Myoma Post Laparoscopic Morcellation

For women undergoing laparoscopic morcellation, the subsequent incidence of parasitic myomas is low, but discussion with patients should include this possibility.

For Obese Women, Exercise Plus Phototherapy Beneficial

Exercise training combined with phototherapy is associated with improvements in the metabolic profiles of obese women.