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Many Expectant Moms Don't Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 – Only half of eligible women in low- and middle-income countries at risk for preterm birth receive an inexpensive drug that seems to help prevent complications and deaths in premature infants, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed the use of prenatal corticosteroid injections in more than 300,000 births in 29 countries, and found that only 52 percent of women eligible to receive the simple and effective treatment actually get it. This is despite the fact that corticosteroids given before birth have been shown to significantly lower preterm infants' risk of death, breathing problems, bleeding in the brain, and long-term complications such as cerebral palsy and poor motor skills, the researchers said. Rates of steroids given before birth ranges from 16 percent to 20 percent of eligible women in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal and Niger to 88 ... Read more

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Skip the Steroids for Shoulder Pain?

Posted 6 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 – For relief of shoulder pain, physical therapy and steroid shots provide similar results, a new study finds. Researchers compared the two nonsurgical approaches in a group of 100-plus adults suffering from shoulder pain caused by rotator cuff problems, tendinitis or bursitis. "Whether you had a steroid injection or physical therapy, the improvement in each group was the same," said lead researcher Daniel Rhon, from the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. "It was also a rather large improvement, about 50 percent, and this improvement was maintained for at least one year," he said. But the group that received injections used more health care services and had significantly more shoulder-related doctor visits during the year of the study, Rhon said. "Additional visits to your primary care provider may indicate that you ... Read more

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Steroid Shots May Not Help Back Pain

Posted 3 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 2, 2014 – People who have lower back pain caused by spinal stenosis – a condition that narrows the open space in the spinal canal – are unlikely to get relief from steroid shots, a new study finds. "Steroid injections are a common treatment for spinal stenosis, and we were surprised by the finding," said lead author Dr. Janna Friedly, an assistant professor of rehabilitation medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. "These steroid injections aren't helpful," she said. "There is no added benefit to the steroid itself, so if people are considering these injections, I would recommend that they consider an alternative." Spinal stenosis causes pain by putting pressure on the spinal nerves. The condition is common in men and women over 60, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Spinal stenosis is often treated with injections of local ... Read more

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Steroids May Not Be Wise Choice for Intensive-Care Patients

Posted 30 May 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 30, 2014 – Intensive-care unit patients who receive steroids seem to be at greater risk of developing delirium, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers. Steroids are given to ICU patients for a number of reasons, including to reduce inflammation and to treat septic shock, the study authors said. The researchers examined the medical records of 330 lung injury patients who were on ventilators in intensive-care units of four Baltimore hospitals between 2004 and 2007. Patients were 52 percent more likely to develop delirium if they'd received steroids the previous day. Being older was also linked with an increased risk of delirium, which can cause poor memory and thinking, hallucinations, agitation and disorientation, the researchers said. The study authors noted that delirium typically subsides after a few days. But previous research has shown that delirium in ... Read more

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Study Finds Steroids May Not Be Helpful After Infant Liver Surgery

Posted 6 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 – High doses of steroids may not benefit infants who've had surgery for a serious liver disease, and the drugs may even cause harm, according to a new study. The findings offer new evidence in a controversy over whether steroid treatment in addition to surgery helps infants with a liver disease called biliary atresia. This condition is the leading reason for liver transplants in children, according to the study authors. "The results from this clinical trial differ from previous reports of a benefit from steroid therapy on bile drainage or survival in biliary atresia," co-lead investigator Dr. Jorge Bezerra, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a news release from the hospital. "Although we cannot exclude some small potential benefit from steroid treatment, we observed no statistical differences in two-year survival between patients receiving ... Read more

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Preventive Steroids May Not Improve Heart Bypass Surgery Results

Posted 31 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 31, 2014 – Although steroids are often given to patients undergoing heart bypass surgery, a large new study suggests this common practice has no benefit and could actually be harmful. Researchers found preventive steroids do not improve the outcome of these procedures and could put patients at greater risk for a heart attack after their surgery. The study authors said their findings challenge a practice doctors have used for decades. The study is scheduled for presentation Monday at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), in Washington, D.C. Because the study was presented at a medical meeting, it should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "Based on these results, we suggest that steroids should not be used [as a preventive measure] during cardiac surgeries that require the use of cardiopulmonary bypass," lead ... Read more

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Common Asthma Meds May Raise Sleep Apnea Risk, Study Says

Posted 28 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 – Medicines commonly used to control asthma may increase the risk of a potentially serious sleep problem in some people, a small, early study suggests. "Inhaled corticosteroids may predispose to sleep apnea in some asthma patients," said study author Dr. Mihaela Teodorescu, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison. In sleep apnea, breathing periodically stops during sleep, for a few seconds or even minutes at a time, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The pauses can occur as often as 30 times or more in a single hour. In the most common type of apnea, the airway becomes blocked or collapses during sleep. If untreated, apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and other problems. However, the new study linking asthma medicines with ... Read more

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Common Asthma Meds May Raise Sleep Apnea Risk, Study Says

Posted 28 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 28, 2014 – Medicines commonly used to control asthma may increase the risk of a potentially serious sleep problem in some people, a small, early study suggests. "Inhaled corticosteroids may predispose to sleep apnea in some asthma patients," said study author Dr. Mihaela Teodorescu, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in Madison. In sleep apnea, breathing periodically stops during sleep, for a few seconds or even minutes at a time, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The pauses can occur as often as 30 times or more in a single hour. In the most common type of apnea, the airway becomes blocked or collapses during sleep. If untreated, apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and other problems. However, the new study linking asthma medicines with ... Read more

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Steroids for Preemies May Raise ADHD Risk, Study Says

Posted 25 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 – Giving steroid injections to pregnant women before premature birth may increase the child's risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and other behavioral and emotional disorders, a small study suggests. Pregnant women who are expected to give birth prematurely often receive glucocorticoids, which mimic the natural hormone cortisol. This treatment is important to help a premature baby's lungs mature, the researchers explained. However, their findings suggest that steroid injections may also increase a child's risk of developing ADHD and other mental health problems. Children with ADHD have trouble paying attention and following through on tasks. They may also talk excessively and behave impulsively. The study included 37 children whose mothers were given synthetic glucocorticoids before they gave birth and 185 children who were born at the same ... Read more

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Few Parents Use Kids' Asthma Meds Correctly: Study

Posted 1 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 1 – Most adults who help children take inhaled asthma medications don't know all of the steps involved for their proper use, new research finds. Using inhalers improperly often means a child receives too little medication, which can lead to continuing symptoms or worsening asthma, the study authors noted. "Of the 10 steps for accurate technique, we were surprised to learn that only one out of 169 caregivers knew all 10 steps," said study author Dr. Marina Reznik, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Reznik said the findings point to a need for better education when prescribing these asthma medications and devices, and she said it's important that health-care providers follow up with parents and caregivers at subsequent appointments to make sure the devices are being used correctly. Most asthma medications are ... Read more

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Steroid Shots a Temporary Fix for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Study

Posted 4 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 3 – Steroid shots can temporarily relieve the painful symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, but three-quarters of patients who are initially helped by these injections will eventually require surgery, new Swedish research says. About 5 percent of Americans suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs due to pressure on a key nerve that runs from the forearm into the palm of the hand. It is a repetitive-motion injury that tends to affect people performing assembly line or data entry work. The median nerve is housed within the tight confines of the carpal tunnel, a narrow corridor of ligament and bones at the base of the hand. Tendons located in the carpal tunnel can swell and squeeze the median nerve if they become irritated and inflamed. Sufferers feel pain, tingling and numbness in the affected hand and wrist, with pain sometimes shooting up their arm. Steroid shots ... Read more

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Steroid Injections for Back Pain Linked to Spinal Fracture Risk

Posted 14 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 14 – Older adults who get steroid injections to ease lower back and leg pain may have increased odds of suffering a spine fracture, a new study suggests. It's not clear, however, whether the treatment is to blame, according to experts. But they said the findings, which were published June 5 in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, suggest that older patients with low bone density should be cautious about steroid injections. The treatment involves injecting anti-inflammatory steroids into the area of the spine where a nerve is being compressed. The source of that compression could be a herniated disc, for instance, or spinal stenosis – a condition common in older adults, in which the open spaces in the spinal column gradually narrow. Steroid injections can bring temporary pain relief, but it's known that steroids in general can cause bone density to decrease over time. ... Read more

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COPD Patients May Do Fine With Shorter Course of Steroids

Posted 21 May 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 21 – Less is more when it comes to steroid therapy for patients having severe bouts of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to Swiss investigators. Five days of glucocorticoid treatment with prednisone to treat COPD flare-ups was as good as the standard 14 days, but with fewer chances for adverse side effects, they said. "We wanted to show that a shorter period of treatment was not less effective than 14 days," said lead researcher Dr. Jorg Leuppi, with the department of medicine at the University Hospital of Basel. The shorter course of treatment had the same outcome as the longer course of treatment, the study found. "There is exactly the same time to recovery and exactly the same number of re-exacerbations," Leuppi said. In addition, the shorter course of treatment meant fewer side effects from the drug, such as increased blood pressure and elevated ... Read more

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Certain Steroids May Raise Risk of Dangerous Blood Clots

Posted 1 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 1 – People who use drugs called glucocorticoids – a class of steroids – are at increased risk for blood clots in their veins, according to a new study. Glucocorticoids are anti-inflammatory drugs widely used to treat conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Researchers looked at data from nearly 39,000 people in Denmark who were diagnosed with blood clots between January 2005 and December 2011. The patients were classified as current, recent and former users of glucocorticoids. Current users were divided into new and continuing users. The study by Sigrun Johannesdottir, of Aarhus University Hospital, the Netherlands, and colleagues was published online April 1 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The use of glucocorticoids was associated with increased risk of blood clots in current, new, continuing and recent users of the drugs, but not former users, ... Read more

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Steroid Shots Disappoint in Back Pain Study

Posted 7 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 7 – Older adults who get steroid injections for degeneration in their lower spine may fare worse than people who skip the treatment, a small study suggests. The research, published recently in the journal Spine, followed 276 older adults with spinal stenosis in the lower back. In spinal stenosis, the open spaces in the spinal column gradually narrow, which can put pressure on nerves. The main symptoms are pain or cramping in the legs or buttocks, especially when you walk or stand for a long period. The treatments range from "conservative" options like anti-inflammatory painkillers and physical therapy to surgery. People often try steroid injections before resorting to surgery. Steroids calm inflammation, and injecting them into the space around constricted nerves may ease pain – at least temporarily. In the new study, researchers found that patients who got steroid ... Read more

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