Evaluation of a Common Prescribing Cascade of Calcium Channel Blockers and Diuretics in Older Adults With #Hypertension

Calcium channel blockers (CCBs) are commonly prescribed agents for hypertension that can cause peripheral edema. A prescribing cascade occurs when the edema is misinterpreted as a new medical condition and a diuretic is subsequently prescribed to treat the edema. The extent to which this prescribing cascade occurs at a population level is not well understood.. ..Individuals who were newly dispensed a CCB had a higher … Continue reading Evaluation of a Common Prescribing Cascade of Calcium Channel Blockers and Diuretics in Older Adults With #Hypertension

The Contribution of #Sociocultural Factors in Shaping Self-Reported #Sickness Behavior

..Typical components of sickness behavior include reduced sociability and activity, changes in diet, and depressed affect. Importantly, however, sickness behavior appears to be subject to other demands of life history in animal models, including reproduction and offspring survival. ..After post-stratification weighting and correction for Type I error, generalized linear models showed that sickness behavior is significantly affected by various factors across sex and racial/ethnic groupings. … Continue reading The Contribution of #Sociocultural Factors in Shaping Self-Reported #Sickness Behavior