Insulin pumps lead to better clinical outcomes compared with injection

Source: BSIP SA / Alamy Stock Photo Researchers found that insulin pump therapy was associated with lower rates of severe hypoglycaemia and diabetic ketoacidosis compared with injection therapy The use of insulin pumps in young patients with type 1 diabetes has increased substantially in the last decade, but the association with short-term diabetes complications is unclear. …

Patients React Poorly When Docs Say 'No'

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 — Patients used to see doctors as kindly-but-firm professionals — experts who knew what they were talking about and whose advice should be heeded, even if it wasn’t necessarily welcome. But these days, people have become demanding health care consumers, and they don’t respond well when a doctor disagrees with them, …

Sildenafil to be reclassified to P medicine

Source: shutterstock.com Sildenafil will be available through pharmacy outlets, following a discussion with the pharmacist, for adult men with erectile dysfunction Sildenafil (Viagra Connect, Pfizer) is to be formally reclassified from a prescription only medicine (POM) to a pharmacy medicine (P), the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has announced. Sildenafil will be available …

WebMD and Reckitt Benckiser launch new cold and flu chatbot

This season, WebMD and Parsippany, N.J.-based Reckitt Benckiser are expanding their partnership with a new cold and flu chatbot designed to allow for more timely, targeted and personal connections with consumers. The AI device provides an additional way for RB to gain actionable information on consumer behavior and it provides WebMD’s users with a more …

Arthritis No Longer Just a Disease of the Old

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 — More younger Americans experience the aches and pains of arthritis than once thought. Roughly 91 million adults had arthritis in 2015. But the most surprising fact was that nearly one-third of sufferers were aged 18 to 64, a new study found. Those estimates are 68 percent higher than previously reported, …

Reducing hepatitis C virus transmission

Source: BSIP SA / Alamy Stock Photo Study finds that, compared with no use, current use of opioid substitution therapy reduced the risk of acquiring hepatitis C virus by around 50% While needle syringe programmes (NSP) and opioid substitution therapy (OST) are known to be effective at reducing risky injecting behaviour, there is a lack …

Hy-Vee’s chief administrative officer retires

After a 41-year career at Hy-Vee, the regional grocer’s vice chairman, executive vice president and chief administrative officer is retiring. As Andy McCann departs his position, the West Des Moines, Iowa-based chain has promoted Sheila Laing to the post from her position as chief human resources officer. “I could not be more thankful to Andy …

Brush Up on Fall Allergies Before Tackling the Leaves

SUNDAY, Nov. 26, 2017 — Fall yardwork can stir up allergies, but there are ways to reduce the risk of flare-ups, an ear, nose and throat specialist says. “Know your triggers and avoid those triggers,” said Dr. Do-Yeon Cho, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “First, find out if …