• AMD linked to higher spine, hip fracture risk in osteoporosis

    One year ago - By Healio

    Patients with osteoporosis and age-related macular degeneration had a higher risk for spine and hip fractures vs. those with osteoporosis without AMD, according to results of a population study in Taiwan published in BMJ Open.
    “Studies have revealed that macular degeneration and glaucoma suspect would lead to a higher risk of hip fractures,” Chi Chin Sun, MD, PhD, and colleagues wrote. “Therefore, it is important to understand the ocular risk factors and take measures to prevent future fractures in patients with OS .”
    To determine the relationship between
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  • Common muscle relaxant linked to fall-related hospitalizations in patients with CKD

    One year ago - By Healio

    For patients with chronic kidney disease, higher doses of the muscle relaxant baclofen appeared to increase risk for hospitalization due to fall or hypotension, with primary care physicians being most likely to prescribe the medication.
    “Baclofen is a popular muscle relaxant that is eliminated primarily unchanged in the urine,” Flory T. Muanda, MD, PhD, of Western University in London, Ontario, and colleagues wrote. “We recently reported a higher risk of encephalopathy in a cohort of 15,942 older adults with chronic kidney disease who started baclofen at 20
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