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Briefly Noted November 2014


Patients who experience a transient ischemic attack are at risk of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study in the journal Stroke. Close to one third of the 108 patients tracked who had a mini-stroke got PTSD, say researchers.

Too many antibiotic prescriptions are being written for pediatric pharyngitis, according to a recent study in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers looked at 12 million visits for the condition made from 1997 to 2010 and found that 60% led to antibiotics being prescribed. And 18% of those were for second- and third-generation cephalosporins and amoxicillin-clavulanate, which are not recommended for pharyngitis.

Patients who have more than one risk factor for heart disease but have not suffered a heart attack are more at risk of stroke if they are treated with beta-blockers, according to a study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, which contradicts the good press beta-blockers usually receive. In addition, researchers found that use of beta-blockers didn’t have an effect on people with no history of heart attack and heart failure.

Transitions can be tricky and costly. That’s why researchers at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing want to make them better, and received a two-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to develop a pilot program. The idea is to ensure that appropriate follow-up care occurs after discharge.

About 44 million adults had a mental illness in 2013, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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