Federal addiction treatment dollars off-limits for marijuana

The U.S. government is barring federal dollars meant for opioid addiction treatment to be used on medical marijuana. The move is aimed at states that allow marijuana for medical uses, particularly those letting patients with opioid addiction use pot as a treatment, said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, whose federal agency doles…

Studies explore potential benefits and costs of increased treatment to achieve lower blood pressure

Two studies examining the benefits and costs of treating high blood pressure more intensively, by aiming for lower blood pressure measures, will be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2019—November 16-18 in Philadelphia. A separate study analyzed the cost effectiveness of incrementally implementing high blood pressure treatment according…

Antihistamine use for anaphylaxis symptoms linked with delay seeking emergency treatment

New research suggests that giving antihistamine medicine to a child experiencing anaphylaxis—a sudden and severe allergic reaction that can quickly be fatal—usually does more harm than good by delaying emergency treatment. A research abstract, “The Association of Antihistamine Administration and Delayed Presentation for Care in Pediatric Patients Admitted with Anaphylaxis,”…