A new study reveals that acetaminophen use and over-dosing rise in cold/flu season in the United States, primarily due to increased use of over-the-counter combination medications treating upper respiratory symptoms. Another study reports that acetaminophen is the most commonly used analgesic in France, with more high-dose tablets being consumed in recent years. The findings, which are published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, indicate that individuals should take special care to follow labeled dosing directions for acetaminophen-containing products.
Chances are you or someone you know has used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) within the last month. NSAIDs, such as Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen) and Celebrex, are among the most commonly used medicines in the US. Now, for the first time, researchers have found that 15 percent of adult ibuprofen users exceed the maximum recommended dose of ibuprofen or other NSAIDs in a one-week period.
The rate of pregnant women receiving a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine jumped dramatically in numerous metropolitan areas of the United States — by more than 50% over several years — according to the CDC. The increase in immunization stems from recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, researchers said.
Yvette Cozier named Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University School of Public Health
Professor Cozier is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and an epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. Her extraordinary record of service around this topic within BU, her research interests, and her ability to build and foster multidisciplinary collaborations make Professor Cozier uniquely well suited for this position.
The first large scale study in the U.S. on the mortality of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) has been published and provides new information about the life expectancy of people with the disease. The study appears in the journal Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders.
Researchers from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University took the first large scale study in the United States regarding mortality and a chronic disease of the central nervous system, multiple sclerosis (MS). At this time, there are roughly 250,000 to 350,000 patients living with MS in the United States. That’s approximately one in 1,000, according to background information from the study. As the degenerative phase affects the majority of patients, despite disease modifying-agents to reduce the activity of the health issue, many must face the possibility of a decreased life span due to the health problem.
The new guidelines for use of statins could result in millions more users (“Panel recommends far wider use of cholesterol drugs,” Page A1, Nov. 13). However, thanks to Dr. Paul Ridker, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Nancy Cook, a biostatistician at Brigham, the public has learned that the risk calculator for cardiovascular disease suggested by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology overestimates risk (“Heart doctors at odds on risk formula,” Page A1, Nov. 19). This would result in millions being wrongly considered to meet the new guideline for statin use.