Four drugs linked to most ER elderly admissions

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Blood thinners and diabetes drugs cause most emergency hospital visits for drug reactions among people over 65 according to a study  published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Just four drugs  used alone or together were responsible for two-thirds of emergency hospitalizations among older Americans.

46% of hospitalizations involved medicines used to prevent blood clots. Warfarin alone was responsible for one-third of hospitalizations. Another 25 percent involved insulin or oral anti diabetic drugs.

Unintentional overdose of medication was the most common reason, accounting for nearly two-thirds of hospitalizations.

ICD no use in advanced CKD

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Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators do not help in reducing mortality for patients with more advanced chronic kidney disease, according to a single-center study published in Europace.

ICD in advanced CKD boosted mortality risk 48% for each 10 mL/min/1.73 m2 reduction in estimated GFR. The study concluded that in this group, appropriate ICD therapy had no significant effect on mortality.