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- Antidepressants Do Work, Some Better Than Others
The researchers analyzed data from 522 trials -- published and unpublished -- that included more than 116,000 participants. Of the 21 antidepressants studied, all of them worked better than a placebo.
- Your Tax Dollars Fund Research on Hundreds of New Meds
Nearly $64 billion of that spending was for the development of 84 first-in-class drugs that use new biological mechanisms or targets.
- Widely Used COPD Meds Tied to Higher Fracture Risk
COPD -- often linked to smoking -- is a combination of emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is a progressive, debilitating illness that currently has no cure.
- Opioid Maker To Stop Marketing Painkillers to Docs
The company is slashing its sales force in half to 200, and the remaining representatives will no longer visit doctors to market Purdue's opioid products, the Los Angeles Times reported.
- Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?
The studies focused on how nonprescription painkillers might temporarily alter emotions such as empathy, or even a person's reasoning skills.
- Roll Kids' Sleeves Up, Again, for Mumps Protection
During a mumps outbreak, doctors can provide an optional third dose of mumps vaccine, according to the 2018 recommended immunization schedule from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- FDA Bans Opioid-Containing Cough Meds For Kids
These prescription medicines involve any that include codeine or oxycodone, the FDA said.
- High Costs Keep Many Cancer Patients From Needed Drugs
Cancer drugs have become so pricey that U.S. patients often can't afford them, a new study finds.
- FDA to Remove Boxed Warning From Some Asthma Meds
The FDA will remove a Boxed Warning from certain inhaled medications used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Drug May Help Surgical Patients Stop Opioids Sooner
When patients received a non-opioid medication called gabapentin before and after surgery, the need for continued opioid painkillers was reduced by 24 percent, said researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine.
- Hopes Raised Over Huntington's Drug
The first drug to target the known cause of Huntington's disease has reportedly passed acceptable safety tests.
- Often, Opioid Abuse Becomes a Family Affair
If someone is taking prescription opioids for pain, such as OxyContin, it's more likely that others living in the home will also get an opioid prescription, the researchers found.
- Powerful Clot-Busting Drugs Not Useful For DVT
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) - the development of a clot in the lower legs - can prove deadly, since the clot can travel to the heart and lungs
- New Breast Cancer Drug May Help Younger Women, Too
Adding a new drug to standard treatment can slow the progression of advanced breast cancer in younger women, a new clinical trial has found.
- FDA Approves Drug That Helps Diabetes, Weight Loss
The once-a-week injection drug Ozempic (semaglutide) is approved for people with type 2 diabetes
- FDA Approves Monthly Dose of Opioid Addiction Treatment
A once-monthly injection of the opioid addiction drug buprenorphine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- HIV Is Gaining Resistance to Lifesaving Drugs
A new study warns of a potential return to the "bad old days" when there were no effective drugs to fight HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
- New Migraine Drugs Show Promise
The drugs were designed specifically to target a pathway believed to be important in these headaches.
- Too Few Seniors Know Risks of Multiple Medications
Many older Americans take multiple medications -- but only about one-third ever discuss possible interactions between drugs, a new poll finds.
- Kids Still Get Risky Painkiller Post-Tonsillectomy
Despite safety warnings from drug regulators, some U.S. children are still being given a risky painkiller after having their tonsils removed, a new study finds.
- Psychedelic Drug Might Ease Depression, Alcoholism
A powerful psychedelic drug out of South America might help battle both depression and alcoholism, a new British survey suggests.
- Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk?
A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests.
- Gene Therapy, New Drug Fight Rare Disease in Kids
Two innovative new therapies for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1 have proven highly effective in clinical trials, researchers report.
- Drug Courts Key To New White House Opioid Strategy
Plan steers opioid addicts toward treatment programs instead of prisons.
- Zika Coming: Some of U.S. Lacks Mosquito Control
Mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus could be a problem in most states this year. At the same time, nearly half the country lacks any kind of mosquito control.