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AusPharm Research Roundup is a weekly column collated by Debbie Rigby that is designed to bring AusPharmers a summary of selected research papers published during the preceding week or two.

AusPharm Research Roundup

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  1. 05/11/2007 :

    Medscape Pharmacists: Is It Safe to Use "Natural" Sleep Aids While Taking Antidepressants?
    American Family Physician Pet-Related Infections
    Diabetes Care: Effectiveness of a self-management intervention in patients with type 2 diabetes
    BMJ: Antibiotics Not Justified for Respiratory Tract Infections, Sore Throat, or Otitis Media

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  2. 29/10/2007 :

    CHEST: Incorrect use of dry powder inhalers in COPD and asthma patients
    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Serum zinc and pneumonia in nursing home elderly
    Cochrane Review: Phytoestrogens for vasomotor menopausal symptoms
    BMC Medicine: The influence of gender on the effects of aspirin in preventing myocardial infarction

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  3. 22/10/2007 :

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews : Chinese herbal medicine for primary dysmenorrhoea
    American Family Physician: Medications for COPD: A Review of Effectiveness
    Geriatrics: Restless Legs Syndrome
    American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine : Statin use reduces decline in lung function

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  4. 15/10/2007 :

    Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (OnlineAccepted Articles): Meta-analysis: Gastrointestinal bleeding due to interaction between selective serotonin uptake inhibitors and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    BMJ: Dietary antioxidants and primary prevention of age related macular degeneration: systematic review and meta-analysis
    New England Journal of Medicine: Cholesterol drugs 'protect you 10 years after treatment stops'
    American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy: Drug Interactions With Smoking

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  5. 08/10/2007 :

    New England Journal of Medicine: Osteoarthritis of the Hip
    Annals of Internal Medicine: Medications for Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain
    Postgraduate Medical Journal: Pharmacist interventions improve HbA1c levels, not other outcomes
    American Family Physician: A systematic review of randomised clinical trials of individualised herbal medicine in any indication

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  6. 01/10/2007 :

    New England Journal of Medicine: HDL Cholesterol, Very Low Levels of LDL Cholesterol, and Cardiovascular Events
    New Zealand Medical Journal: Vitamin D and muscle strength in patients with previous fractures
    CMAJ: Diabetes drug pioglitazone (Actos): risk of fracture
    CMAJ: Static magnets for reducing pain: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials

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  7. 24/09/2007 :

    New England Journal of Medicine: Gynecomastia
    JAMA: Amiodarone
    Medical Journal of Australia: Serotonin toxicity: a practical approach to diagnosis and treatment
    Geriatrics: Restless legs syndrome

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  8. 17/09/2007 :

    Archives of Internal Medicine: Vitamin D Supplementation and Total Mortality
    American Journal of Health Systems Pharmacy: Drug interactions with smoking
    American Family Physician: Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
    American Family Physician: Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

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  9. 10/09/2007 :

    European Society of Cardiology: ADVANCE - A factorial randomised trial of blood pressure lowering and intensive glucose control for the prevention of vascular disease among high risk individuals with type 2 diabetes: results of the blood pressure intervention
    Chest: Comparison of First-Line With Second-Line Antibiotics for Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Bronchitis: A Metaanalysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
    Arthritis & Rheumatism: Drinking 4 or More Cups of Coffee a Day May Help Prevent Gout
    Journal for Nurse Practitioners: Detection, Prevention, and Management of Extrapyramidal Symptoms

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  10. 02/09/2007 :

    The Lancet: Use of calcium or calcium in combination with vitamin D supplementation to prevent fractures and bone loss in people aged 50 years and older: a meta-analysis
    New England Journal of Medicine: Rosiglitazone and Cardiovascular Risk
    Journal of the Canadian Medical Association: Canada's doctors assail pharmacist prescribing
    Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology: Evaluation of Flaxseed for the Management of Hot Flushes

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  11. 27/08/2007 :

    New England Journal of Medicine: The Rosiglitazone Story ­ Lessons from an FDA Advisory Committee Meeting
    Neurology: The neuroprotective effects of caffeine
    JAMA: Cost-effectiveness of Bone Densitometry Followed by Treatment of Osteoporosis in Older Men
    MJA: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in general practice: a decision-making dilemma

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  12. 20/08/2007 :

    Archives of Opthalmology: Smoking and the Long-term Incidence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: The Blue Mountains Eye Study
    American Family Physician: Treatment Options for Insomnia
    American Family Physician: Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
    The Pharmaceutical Journal: Pharmacists could have wider role in falls prevention

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  13. 13/08/2007 :

    The Medical Journal of Australia: Management of migraine in Australian general practice
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health: Pharmaceutical brand substitution in Australia - are there multiple switches per prescription?
    Chest: Antibiotics in first year of life associated with later asthma
    Pharmacotherapy: Tobacco Interventions Delivered by Pharmacists: A Summary and Systematic Review

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  14. 06/08/2007 :

    National Prescribing Service Fact Sheet: Rosiglitazone and cardiovascular risk
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Nasal saline irrigations for the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis.
    Journal of Clinical Psychiatry: Atypical Antipsychotics Raise Risk of Femoral Fracture in Nursing Home Residents
    British Medical Journal: Meta-analysis says low LDL cholesterol may be associated with greater risk of cancer

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  15. 30/07/2007 :

    Circulation: Soft Drink Consumption and Risk of Developing Cardiometabolic Risk Factors and the Metabolic Syndrome in Middle-Aged Adults in the Community
    Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics: Pharmacists' role in the post-discharge management of patients with heart failure: a literature review
    The Lancet: Efficacy and safety of combined use of aliskiren and valsartan in patients with hypertension: a randomised, double-blind trial
    American Journal of Hypertension: Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Elevated Blood Pressure

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  16. 22/07/2007 :

    Annals of Internal Medicine: Systematic Review: Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Oral Medications for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Rosiglitazone for type 2 diabetes mellitus
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Vitamin C for preventing and treating the common cold
    The Pharmaceutical Journal: Ibuprofen better analgesic after a single dose

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  17. 16/07/2007 :

    Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and metabolism: Role of Vitamin D and Calcium in Type 2 Diabetes. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
    Annals of Internal medicine: Effects of Long-Term Selenium Supplementation on the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes
    BMJ: Main morbidities recorded in the women's international study of long duration oestrogen after menopause (WISDOM): a randomised controlled trial of hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women
    American Journal of Psychiatry: Antidepressants and Suicidal Behavior: Cause or Cure?

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  18. 09/07/2007 :

    New England Journal of Medicine: Use of Selective Serotonin-Reuptake Inhibitors in Pregnancy and the Risk of Birth Defects
    BMJ: Use of probiotic Lactobacillus preparation to prevent diarrhoea associated with antibiotics
    JAMA: Dark Chocolate Associated with Lowered Blood Pressure
    Annals of Internal medicine: Outcomes of Using High- or Low-Dose Atorvastatin in Patients 65 Years of Age or Older with Stable Coronary Heart Disease

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  19. 02/07/2007 :

    US Pharmacist: Preventing and Treating Cold Sores
    MJA: HRT: a reappraisal of the risks and benefits
    Archives of Internal Medicine: Use of Antidepressants and Rates of Hip Bone Loss in Older Women
    The Lancet Infectious Diseases: Evaluation of echinacea for the prevention and treatment of the common cold: a meta-analysis

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  20. 25/06/2007 :

    Lancet: Clinical update: new treatments for hot flushes
    FDA: Pregabalin (Lyrica) approved for treating fibromyalgia
    New England Journal of Medicine: Estrogen Therapy and Coronary-Artery Calcification
    American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Effects of dietary calcium compared with calcium supplements on estrogen metabolism and bone mineral density

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