New study highlights diabetes link to glucocorticoid treatments for arthritis
A new UK study has provided insights into the potential risk of diabetes that exists for arthritis patients who are being treated with glucocorticoid therapy.This type of steroid therapy is a well-established therapeutic option that is prescribed to around half of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. However, it is a known risk factor for developing diabetes.The new research, led by the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at the University of Manchester, looked at the records of more than 20,000 patients with rheumatoid arthritis in the UK, and provided fresh evidence about how this association works.A greater ris...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - May 4, 2016 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Prednisolone, Indomethacin Similarly Effective for Acute Gout
Oral prednisolone is as effective as indomethacin for relieving pain in acute gout and should be considered a first-line treatment option, according to a report published online in Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - March 30, 2016 Category: Health Management Authors: Mary Ann Moon Source Type: news

Oral Steroids, NSAIDs Equally Safe, Effective for Acute GoutOral Steroids, NSAIDs Equally Safe, Effective for Acute Gout
A large, multicenter randomized trial found that oral prednisolone and oral indomethacin were equally effective at reducing acute gout pain in patients presenting to emergency departments. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Steroid May Be Safe, Effective Gout Treatment, Study Finds
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 -- A steroid pill may be as good as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for treating painful gout, new research suggests. Researchers who compared the steroid prednisolone with the arthritis medication indomethacin... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - February 23, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Translating research into care
Updated Cochrane Review  from Cochrane Kidney and Transplat Group is making an impact in care.‘It’s not every day we get to see the immediate clinical translation of our research into care for our next patient,’ says Jonathan Craig, Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Kidney and Transplant Group. ‘Which makes it quite striking and genuinely pleasing when we are able to do so. In the case of a recent review update, we’re seeing first hand how our findings can directly translate into greater certainty and better outcomes.’Published in March 2015, the updated Corticosteroid therapy for nephrotic syndrome in c...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - January 28, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at Source Type: news

Dexamethasone vs Prednisone in Pediatric AsthmaDexamethasone vs Prednisone in Pediatric Asthma
Is there any difference in using dexamethasone vs prednisone/prednisolone to treat hospitalized children with asthma? Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - October 19, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news

Allergan Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall In The U.S. Of Specific Lots Of REFRESH® Lacri-Lube®, REFRESH P.M. ®,
Allergan plc, today announced that it is conducting a voluntary recall down to consumer level of specific lots of its REFRESH® Lacri-Lube® 3.5g and 7g for dry eye, REFRESH P.M.® 3.5g for dry eye, FML® (fluorometholone ophthalmic ointment) 0.1% (sterile ophthalmic ointment topical anti-inflammatory agent for ophthalmic use, 3.5g), and Blephamide® (sulfacetamide sodium and prednisolone acetate ophthalmic ointment, USP) 10%/0.2% sterile topical ophthalmic ointment combining an antibacterial and a corticosteroid, 3.5g. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 24, 2015 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Choose Prednisolone over Pentoxifylline for Alcoholic Hepatitis (FREE)
By Atif Zaman, MD, MPH Dr. Zaman is an associate editor of NEJM Journal Watch Gastroenterology, from which this story was adapted.Prednisolone might benefit certain groups with alcoholic hepatitis (AH), despite a nonsignificant finding for short-term mortality reduction overall, according to a … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - April 23, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

No Mortality Benefit From Pentoxifylline in Alcoholic Hepatitis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But prednisolone improved short-term survival. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - April 22, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Frequent antibiotic use linked to higher type 2 diabetes risk
Conclusion This large population-based study found a higher risk of diabetes in people taking between two and five courses of antibiotics over a year before diagnosis. This risk was even higher after more than five courses. Strengths of the study include its large sample size, direct relevance to the UK, and the accuracy of the data. Despite the strengths, the study does not prove that antibiotics cause diabetes, as its design cannot prove cause and effect. There are both plausible explanations for how antibiotic use may cause diabetes, and how the development of diabetes may cause more antibiotic use.  For example, pe...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes Medication Source Type: news

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer
This article originally appeared on a new online magazine for those who have been touched by cancer, and an education resource that teaches a powerful set of skills to start feeling better immediately. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rituxan May Be New Tx Option in EGPA
(MedPage Today) -- High rates of improvement and reduced need for prednisolone in eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis. (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - December 8, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

STOPAH: Only Steroid Reduces Alcoholic Hepatitis Death RiskSTOPAH: Only Steroid Reduces Alcoholic Hepatitis Death Risk
In more than 1000 adults with severe alcoholic hepatitis, prednisolone was associated with a lower 28-day mortality rate; pentoxifylline offered no benefit. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Gastroenterology Headlines - November 16, 2014 Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Gastroenterology News Source Type: news

Grandmother dies after receiving wrong prescription
Dawn Britton had been prescribed Prednisolone but was given Gliclazide by staff at Jhoots Pharmacy in Bristol (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 20, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dawn Britton Prednisolone wrong prescription died Jhoots Pharmacy Gliclazide inquest Source Type: news

IMPI: No Immunotherapy Benefit in Tuberculous PericarditisIMPI: No Immunotherapy Benefit in Tuberculous Pericarditis
Although prednisolone might be appropriate in some patients, the authors propose, neither the glucocorticoid nor M indicus pranii immunotherapy improved survival in the 1400-patient trial. Heartwire (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news