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  1. Can Health System Afford New Cholesterol Drugs?

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won't pay for them. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can drastically

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  2. Lip Fillers May Ease Facial Paralysis Challenges

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with facial paralysis may benefit from cosmetic lip surgery, a preliminary study finds. Facial paralysis is "a very large problem that can occur because of stroke, Bell's palsy, muscular dystrophy, trauma and birt

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  3. New Drugs May Prevent Migraines Before They Start

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Competing teams of researchers are closing in on a new class of drugs that can prevent chronic migraines by interrupting the chain of events thought to create the headaches. The drugs target a biochemical called calcit

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  4. Arthroscopic Knee Surgery and Older Patients

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Arthroscopic surgery to relieve chronic knee pain in middle-aged and older patients is only temporarily effective and might be harmful, a new analysis suggests. Researchers who reviewed 18 studies recommended against

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  5. Trans Fats From Foods May Worsen Memory

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Trans fats may play havoc with your memory along with your cholesterol levels, a new study suggests. Younger men who ate high levels of trans fats performed more poorly on a memory test involving word recall than thos

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  6. 'Feel Good' Brain Chemical and Social Anxiety

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of the brain chemical serotonin are too high in people with social phobia, rather than too low as previously believed, a new study says. Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden conducted brain scans on volunt

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  7. Children With Migraines and Proven Treatments

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite the availability of medications proven to ease migraines in children, most kids seeking care for severe headaches are not given these drugs, a new study suggests. Using data from electronic health records to a

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  8. Many With Migraines Given Narcotics, Barbiturates

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with migraines, including children, get ineffective and potentially addictive drugs for their pain, two new studies suggest. In one, researchers found that more than half of adults with migraines had been presc

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  9. Many Consumers Don't Understand Sunscreen Labels

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- SPF? UV-A and B? A new study finds many Americans are baffled by the information on sunscreen labels. In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said sunscreen labels must emphasize protection against both ultraviol

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  10. MERS FAQ: What You Need to Know

    Editor’s note: This story was updated on June 19, 2015, with updated numbers and a case of MERS in Thailand. May 5, 2014 -- The deadly respiratory virus known as MERS, first identified in 2012 in the Middle East, has resurfaced in Asia. In this latest outbreak, more than 160 cases and nearly 25 deat

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