Pharmacy News

USPSTF releases statement on vitamin, mineral, and multivitamin supplementation to prevent CVD and cancer

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has been gathering evidence since 2014 to inform a guideline update regarding the use of vitamin supplementation to curb the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer among nonpregnant American adults.

CDC finds antiviral drugs for COVID-19 are inequitably prescribed

A new CDC study found that in recent months, consumers living in the most economically and socially disadvantaged communities were only one-half as likely as those in affluent areas to receive a prescription for oral antiviral medications against COVID-19.

Researchers find association between COVID-19 and flu vaccine hesitancy

A new study suggests that COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy has spilled over into flu vaccination hesitancy. Researchers from UCLA found that adult flu vaccination rates declined in states with low rates of COVID-19 vaccination, which the authors say may be an indication of declining trust in public health.

Unexplained hepatitis in children happened before pandemic, CDC study suggests

CDC investigators probing a rash of mysterious hepatitis illnesses in children across the country have one reassuring finding to report so far: cases are not occurring with any greater frequency now than before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Type 2 diabetes may accelerate brain function decline

A new study in eLife indicates that the brain in older adults with type 2 diabetes appears to age roughly 26% faster than normal. Researchers used brain scans, brain functioning tests, and other data from 20,314 people who were 50–80 years old to compare neurological differences in those who did and did not have type 2 diabetes.