Misc. Drugs News

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4/30/2015
Heroin Use Surges Among Whites Who Abuse Prescription Painkillers

Efforts to curb illicit drug use should target this population, researchers say

4/29/2015
Knowledge Is Power for Patients With Heart Failure

Death rates may be higher for those lacking clear grasp of doctor's instructions, study suggests

4/28/2015
Ex-Baseball Star Kirk Gibson Has Parkinson's Disease

The movement disorder often leads to trembling, slowed movement, poor balance and coordination

4/28/2015
ER Practices Key to Helping Those Addicted to Painkillers: Study

Giving patients drug that helps ease withdrawal works better than simple referrals, experts say

4/27/2015
New Drug Class Slashes 'Bad' Cholesterol, Review Finds

If approved, medications could be used by people who don't respond to statins

4/22/2015
Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors, Study Suggests

Cholesterol-lowering drugs cut heart risks, but may spur muscle weakness, memory declines

4/20/2015
'Tamper-Proof' Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study

Number of prescriptions, overdoses dropped, but heroin overdoses went up

4/20/2015
Swallowing Pills? Children Can Learn How

Five strategies were identified that help get the medicine down

4/16/2015
Substance Abuse Reported by About 1 in 10 American Workers

Government report detects uptick among hotel, food service employees

4/16/2015
New Synthetic Drug 'Flakka' Triggers Crazed Behaviors

Use of chemical-cousin to 'bath salts' appears to be on the rise, experts say

4/15/2015
1 in 10 U.S. Teens Has Tried Hashish

Drug is more powerful cousin of marijuana, researchers say

4/14/2015
Pot Plus Booze Doubles Odds for Drunk Driving, Study Says

Using both substances also boosts risk of relationship and work troubles

4/14/2015
New Specialty Medicines Drive Up Drug Spending

Report finds costs are highest they've been in a decade

4/13/2015
Genes May Make 'Placebo Effect' Stronger for Some, Study Says

But more questions than answers exist at this point

4/13/2015
Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study

Smoking, use of antidepressants may add to harms

4/8/2015
Ingredient in MS, Psoriasis Drugs Linked to Two Deadly Brain Infections

But experts say complication is rare, and no reason to stop medication

3/31/2015
Heart Groups Issue Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines

Aim is more flexibility for those with heart disease, doctors say

3/30/2015
Synthetic Pot Linked to Kidney Injury

Researchers report on two studies that showed kidney damage in those who used the drug

3/30/2015
Safely Measuring Kids' Medicine

How do you safely measure your child's medicine? Go metric!

3/25/2015
3/23/2015
Colorado's Legal Pot Is Potent, and a Little Dirty

Marijuana three times stronger than in the 1980s, lab tests report

3/16/2015
Hepatitis C Drugs Will 'Strain Budgets' at Current Prices: Study

The new therapies have remarkably high cure rates

3/16/2015
Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk

Adding the 'investigational biologic' evolocumab to statin therapy works better, study says

3/12/2015
Teens' Heavy Pot Smoking Tied to Memory Problems

Daily marijuana use also linked to brain abnormalities, study finds

3/10/2015
Breath Test for Illegal Drugs Instead of Urine Analysis?

Researchers say new method identifies contaminated aerosol particles

3/6/2015
Painkiller-Addicted Babies a Growing U.S. Concern, Especially in Fla.

Newborns suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome go through a difficult withdrawal

3/4/2015
Common Drug for Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Worse Outcomes

But study group taking digoxin may have been sicker overall, cardiologist notes

2/18/2015
Mouse Study Explores Secrets of Marijuana 'Munchies'

Researcher says pot might help release an appetite-stimulating hormone

2/13/2015
FDA Approves Drug for Advanced Thyroid Cancer

Progression-free survival with Lenvima was nearly five times longer compared to a placebo

2/10/2015
Smokers May Get Less Benefit From Drugs for Arthritic Back Pain

Swiss study authors say inflammation or a lack of oxygen among possible reasons

1/28/2015
Have Insurers Found Way Around Obamacare 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Rule?

Analysis suggests hiking drug co-pays may help eliminate people with certain illnesses

1/28/2015
Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

Parkinson's patients given fake drugs fared better on 'more expensive' medication

1/27/2015
Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

But doctors often able to identify cause of fall and help to prevent another

1/26/2015
FDA OKs First Generic Version of Heartburn Drug Nexium

The proton pump inhibitor reduces amount of acid in the stomach

1/26/2015
Morphine After Tonsillectomy Tied to Breathing Problems in Study

Motrin, Advil a safe option for children, researchers say

1/26/2015
Pediatricians' Group Opposes Legal Marijuana

American Academy of Pediatrics says drug has potential to harm children

1/22/2015
Antibiotics for Traveler's Diarrhea May Spur Growth of Superbugs: Study

Researchers recommend caution when using antibiotics to treat digestive ills while abroad

1/16/2015
New Form of Club Drug 'Poppers' May Pose Risks for Gay Men

Study warns that revised versions are more like dangerous 'huffing' solvents

1/14/2015
U.S. Painkiller Abuse 'Epidemic' May Be Declining, Study Says

But some people have switched to heroin

1/4/2015
Ebola, Obamacare Top U.S. Health News for 2014

VA hospitals scandal, enterovirus illnesses in kids, surge in e-cigarette use also made headlines this year

12/29/2014
Stay Sober or Be Pulled Over This Holiday Season

State highway officials renew their warnings about drunk driving

12/23/2014
Number of Americans Taking Statins Keeps Rising: CDC

Even more should be taking them to cut risk of heart attack and stroke, cardiologist says

12/21/2014
FDA Approves First in New Class of Drugs for Advanced Ovarian Cancer

Agency also gives OK to genetic test used to identify eligible patients

12/18/2014
Common Painkillers May Help Prevent Certain Skin Cancers, Study Finds

But medications such as ibuprofen pose their own risks, experts say

12/17/2014
Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

Drugs such as Xanax, Valium tied to confusion and falls, experts say

12/17/2014
Screening Test Finds Drugs That Show Promise Against Ebola

Researchers uncover 53 potential treatments; all are already FDA approved but need more study for this use

12/15/2014
Drug Interactions Common Among Hospitalized Kids, Study Says

Medication combos may cause side effects or reduce treatment effectiveness, expert notes

12/8/2014
Painkiller Tramadol Linked to Low Blood Sugar

Study finds the drug may be riskier than expected

12/5/2014
12/3/2014
FDA Issues New Drug Label Rules to Better Inform Pregnant Women

Agency official says labeling changes should help patients 'make critical decisions' about medicines