"Antibiogram" use in nursing facilities could help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness

Research at OSU suggests that "antibiograms" could improve the use antibiotics in an appropriate and judicious manner, and reduce problems with antibiotic resistance.

"Mild" control of systolic blood pressure in older adults is adequate: 150 is good enough

An analysis has found that "mild" control of systolic blood pressure to 150 or below is adequate for older adults - medications to achieve lower levels is unnecessary.

Oral contraception may become renewed option for HIV-positive women

New research has found that HIV-positive women receiving one of the most common forms of drug therapy should be able to use at least some forms of oral contraceptives for birth control.

Report urges individualized, cholesterol-targeted approach to heart disease and stroke

OSU pharmacy experts helped author a new national report to provide more individual guidance on who could best benefit from statin drugs to lower cholesterol.

Strategies identified to improve oral contraceptive success with obese women

Oral birth control may not work as well in obese women, but Oregon researchers have found new strategies to help address that concern.

Antibiotic use prevalent in hospice patients despite limited evidence of its value

Research suggests that antibiotics are probably being used more than is appropriate in hospice patients, sometimes making life for the terminally ill worse instead of better.

Research may yield new ways to treat antibiotic-resistant TB

OSU researchers are making progress toward new drugs to treat tuberculosis, which are badly needed as problems increase with antibiotic resistance.

Statin use associated with less physical activity

New research has associated statin use with less physical activity among older men, which could be a significant concern.

Extended-release medication offers promise for alcohol, opioid dependence

A once-a-month injection of a particular drug appears more effective than other medications in treating alcohol and opioid dependence.

Exact outline of melanoma could lead to new diagnostic tools, therapies

OSU pharmacy researchers have discovered a biochemical process that can cause normal skin cells to turn into cancerous melanoma cells.