Category Archives: Pharmacology

Pharmacology in the news as well as the latest learned articles and clinical research related to medicines, their efficacy and usages in the treatment of health conditions and disease.

Study results make the case for quick titration of antihypertensive drugs to lower blood pressure

Patients who take their blood pressure (BP) medication as prescribed can reach maximum BP efficacy within a few weeks of starting therapy, according to a recent meta-analysis. Knowing this early can help you determine whether a new BP medication is working or not, so that you can try another agent… 

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Daily aspirin use ups the risk of wet aging macula disorder

Frequent aspirin use may promote wet aging macula disorder (AMD), which is also referred to as age-related macular degeneration, according to results from a population-based study in 7 European countries. The effect of aspirin use on AMD prevalence is controversial, as studies of the association between aspirin use and AMD… 

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Chlorthalidone treatment for systolic hypertension improves life expectancy

Treating systolic hypertension in older patients with the diuretic chlorthalidone leads to a long-term gain in life expectancy. A gain in life expectancy free from cardiovascular death of about 1 day gained for each month of treatment was found with 22 years of follow-up in the U.S.-based Systolic Hypertension in… 

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Statin use in postmenopausal women increases risk of type 2 diabetes, but benefits may still outweigh risks

A recent study has found that that the use of statins in postmenopausal women is associated with an increased risk of diabetes mellitus (DM). However, further studies are warranted, and some experts say that the benefits still outweigh the risks. The study set out to evaluate whether statin use in… 

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Aspirin worth a look for preventing cervical cancer in HIV-infected women

Aspirin and other drugs that inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) should be evaluated for their potential to prevent cervical cancer in women infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), say researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, United States. They found that HIV influences the production… 

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