The world is facing the threat of ‘superbugs’ as these bacteria dubbed as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have evolved into one of the most difficult-to-treat pathogens. MRSA is a bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. In the external community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. In medical facilities, MRSA causes life-threatening bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections. A new study suggests that treatment with the wrong antibiotic could make MRSA-induced infections worse.
Researchers reported the first evidence that a new class of drugs known to dramatically lower cholesterol may also reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes and other serious consequences of cardiovascular disease. The drugs represent the most important new class of cholesterol-lowering medications since the first statin was approved in 1987.
BioDelivery Sciences International Inc recently announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved its opioid treatment for chronic pain. Belbuca is an opioid film patch and aims to treat patients with chronic pain who need round-the-clock treatment and for whom current alternatives do not suffice. Belbuca has the advantages of lower possibility for abuse and less chance of causing constipation. Physicians will be able to prescribe the medication for 6 months at a time rather than by the month.
People with joint conditions such as arthritis often take over the counter NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to relieve joint pain and inflammation. However, taking oral NSAIDs often can be harmful to your health. The FDA black box warning states that NSAIDs may cause an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, gastric ulcers, and gastric bleeding. Transdermal creams or gels can be used to deliver NSAIDs through the skin into underlying joints or tissues to relieve pain and inflammation. They offer the advantage of being more effective at relieving pain and with fewer harmful side effects.
The thyroid plays a crucial role in our overall health. Thyroid hormones act throughout the body, influencing metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. During infancy and childhood, adequate thyroid hormone is crucial for brain development. Thyroid imbalance is a big problem. More than 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. Find out what signs of a thyroid imbalance you should watch for.
Compounding combines an ageless art with the latest medical knowledge and state-of-the-art technology, allowing specially trained professionals to prepare customized medications to meet each patient’s specific needs. The demand for professional compounding has increased as healthcare professionals and patients realize that the limited number of strengths and dosage forms that are commercially available do not meet the needs of many patients. It is becoming a key part of the personalized medicine revolution.