Misc. Drugs News

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6/29/2015
Supreme Court Backs Use of Drug Implicated in 'Botched' Executions

Midazolam has been used by several states after some drug companies stopped selling chemicals used for capital punishment

6/24/2015
Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis May Also Help Ease Vitiligo

Case study showed tofacitinib cleared up skin pigmentation loss in woman after just 2 months

6/18/2015
'Friends and Family' OD-Reversal Kits Are Saving Addicts' Lives

Narcan kits have prevented almost 27,000 deaths in two decades, researchers say

6/18/2015
New Drugs Might Prevent Migraines Before They Start

Injectable medications appear promising in early trials, but more research needed

6/15/2015
Pot 'Dabbing' Poses Risk of Serious Burns, Study Warns

Fires and even explosions have been linked to this practice, experts say

6/11/2015
Car Crash Risk Doubles for New Users of Sleeping Pills, Study Finds

Ambien, other sedatives aren't the best treatment for insomnia, experts say

6/11/2015
Synthetic Pot a Growing Danger, CDC Report Finds

Calls to poison control centers jumped more than 300 percent from January to April

6/9/2015
FDA Advisers Recommend Approval of First of 2 New Cholesterol Drugs

Trials show they slash levels of 'bad' cholesterol; could be used by people who don't respond to statins

6/9/2015
More Young Children Exposed to Marijuana, Study Finds

Kids younger than 3 may eat the drug when it's baked into brownies and cookies

6/8/2015
Health Tip: Watch Your Alcohol Consumption

It may interact with medication

6/5/2015
FDA Panel Endorses Women's Libido Pill

Vote came after the agency twice rejected the daily sexual dysfunction medication due to side effects

6/4/2015
Misuse of ADHD-Type Drugs Starts Long Before College: Study

Efforts to prevent illegal use should begin in middle school

6/4/2015
Resuming Blood Pressure Meds After Surgery Linked to Better Outcomes

Study suggests delay in restarting drugs leads to more complications

6/1/2015
New Drug a Weapon Against Advanced Melanoma: Study

Compared to Yervoy, nivolumab more than doubled time to disease progression, researchers found

5/29/2015
Smokers May Need More Anesthesia, Painkillers for Surgery

Study finds effect seems to extend to people exposed to secondhand smoke, too

5/29/2015
Gene Test May Predict Success of Cancer Drug in Certain Patients

Finding might one day help doctors better choose patients to receive Keytruda, study says

5/29/2015
Inmates Denied Methadone Less Likely to Choose Treatment When Released

But nearly all given the drug-addiction medication stayed on it once freed, study finds

5/28/2015
Global Trial Finds HIV Drugs Should Be Taken Right After Diagnosis

Those who started medications early fared better than those who waited until immune systems weakened

5/27/2015
Newer Birth Control Pills May Slightly Raise Blood Clot Risk

Study finds effect with brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen, but risk to any one user remains very low

5/26/2015
Blood Pressure Vaccine Shows Promise in Rats

Experimental treatment might benefit people who forget to take meds, researcher says

5/22/2015
More Babies Born to Mothers Addicted to Pain Meds

Also rising are costs to treat infants' withdrawal symptoms, study says

5/20/2015
Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Give Bystanders Mild 'High'

Experiment in unventilated room found some intoxication by those who weren't smoking marijuana

5/18/2015
It May Soon Be Possible to Easily 'Brew' Narcotics

While breakthrough could benefit medicine, researchers warn of potential to create illegal drugs

5/18/2015
FDA Issues Warning for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

SGLT2 inhibitors linked to potentially fatal condition called ketoacidosis

5/18/2015
Combo Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis Shows Promise

Researchers say therapy could help 15,000 people in United States alone

5/12/2015
New Moms' Codeine Use Down Since Health Warnings

In rare cases, a woman metabolizes the drug faster, getting too much into breast-milk

5/8/2015
Blood Thinner Warfarin May Pose Greater Bleeding Risk for Obese: Study

But exact reason why isn't known, experts say

5/7/2015
J&J to Rely on Bioethicists for Guidance on New Drugs for Dying Patients

Terminally ill often have limited access to experimental medications

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