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25 Nov
Gout Drug Colchicine Won't Help Fight COVID-19

Gout Drug Colchicine Won't Help Fight COVID-19

THURSDAY, Nov. 25, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Add an inexpensive gout drug to the growing list of medications touted as potential COVID-19 treatments -- only to offer no apparent benefit.

The anti-inflammatory drug colchicine doesn't lessen COVID severity, the risk of dea...

24 Nov
Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women

Debate rages over access to abortion, but experts say the collected medical evidence makes one thing clear — it is a fundamentally safe procedure for women.

Abortion is safer than childbirth and it's also safer than a host of other common procedures — colonoscopy, to...

23 Nov
Years of Blood Thinners After Stenting Might Not Be Necessary

Years of Blood Thinners After Stenting Might Not Be Necessary

Folks who've had a clogged artery reopened probably can stop taking blood thinners sooner than previously thought, a new study argues.

Patients are regularly prescribed blood thinners for a year or more after angioplasty. This is to make sure that blood doesn't clot insi...

23 Nov
Addictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

Addictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

TUESDAY, Nov 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Addictive opioid painkillers aren't the only option for patients seeking relief following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction, researchers say.

As the United States wrest...

23 Nov
Drug Long Used for Alcoholism Might Fight Severe COVID-19

Drug Long Used for Alcoholism Might Fight Severe COVID-19

A widely available drug used to treat alcoholism has potential as a COVID-19 treatment, researchers say.

The investigators found that people taking disulfiram (Antabuse) for alcoholism had a lower risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and were less likely to die from COVID-1...

22 Nov
People on Immune-Suppressing Meds Fare Equally Well With Severe COVID

People on Immune-Suppressing Meds Fare Equally Well With Severe COVID

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who take medications that suppress the immune system don't have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 than those with normal immune systems, a new study finds.

Early in the pandemic, it was feared that people taking immunosuppressive drugs were ...

19 Nov
Neurologists' Group Issues New Treatment Guidelines for Early Parkinson's

Neurologists' Group Issues New Treatment Guidelines for Early Parkinson's

Guidelines for treating movement problems in people in the early stages of Parkinson's disease have been updated.

The new treatment recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) focus on dopaminergic medications, which increase dopamine levels or mimic dop...

18 Nov
Neurologists' Group Issues Guidance to Families on Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

Neurologists' Group Issues Guidance to Families on Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

Neurologists must make sure Alzheimer's patients and their families understand that the controversial drug aducanumab does not restore mental function, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in new position statement that includes ethical guidelines.

"Aducanumab is...

16 Nov
Pfizer Asks FDA for Emergency Approval of Its COVID Antiviral Pill

Pfizer Asks FDA for Emergency Approval of Its COVID Antiviral Pill

Pfizer announced Tuesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the emergency use of its new antiviral pill in people at high risk for severe COVID-19.

"With more than 5 million deaths and countless lives impacted by this devastating disease g...

16 Nov
Study Suggests a Better Blood Thinner Could Be Near

Study Suggests a Better Blood Thinner Could Be Near

For decades, doctors have struggled with the fact that the benefit of any blood-thinning pill came with the added risk of excess bleeding.

Now, an experimental anti-clotting pill called milvexian has been found to be effective in patients who had knee replacement surge...

15 Nov
Certain Antidepressants Appear to Curb Severe COVID-19

Certain Antidepressants Appear to Curb Severe COVID-19

Certain commonly prescribed antidepressants appear to substantially lower the risk of dying among seriously ill COVID-19 patients, a large new study indicates.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are among the most widely prescribed drugs for the treatment of...

15 Nov
Pricey Alzheimer's Drug Drives Spike in Medicare B Premium: Officials

Pricey Alzheimer's Drug Drives Spike in Medicare B Premium: Officials

A new and expensive Alzheimer's drug called Aduhelm is responsible for about half of the $21.60 increase in monthly premiums for Medicare's Part B outpatient program in 2022, Medicare officials report.

The new premium will be $170.10 a month, and the $21.60 boost is the ...

10 Nov
Placebo Effect Plays Big Role in Antidepressant's Impact on Anxiety: Study

Placebo Effect Plays Big Role in Antidepressant's Impact on Anxiety: Study

Illustrating the power of the mind to heal itself, new research suggests that the placebo effect could help drive antidepressants' effects against anxiety disorders.

The placebo effect refers to an increase in the success of a treatment when a patient expects a benefit.<...

04 Nov
Supply Chain Issues Bring Shortages of Drugs, Devices to U.S. Hospitals

Supply Chain Issues Bring Shortages of Drugs, Devices to U.S. Hospitals

The word went out late last month throughout Utah -- if you've got a spare set of aluminum crutches lying around, you should donate them to your local hospital.

An international shortage of aluminum has caused delays in shipments of crutches and walkers, so Utah hospital...

03 Nov
Medicare Could Negotiate Drug Prices Under Democrat Proposal

Medicare Could Negotiate Drug Prices Under Democrat Proposal

A measure designed to lower prescription drug costs for seniors has been added to President Joe Biden's social safety net and climate change bill that Democratic leaders hope to bring to a House vote this week.

For the first time, the measure would enable the federal gov...

02 Nov
Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Seniors Now Sees at Least 5 Doctors Per Year

Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Seniors Now Sees at Least 5 Doctors Per Year

Nearly one-third of older U.S. adults visit at least five different doctors each year — reflecting the growing role of specialists in Americans' health care, a new study finds.

Over the past 20 years, Americans on Medicare have been increasingly seeing specialists, res...

28 Oct
Cheap Antidepressant Might Help Keep COVID Patients Out of Hospital

Cheap Antidepressant Might Help Keep COVID Patients Out of Hospital

A cheap and widely available antidepressant drug called fluvoxamine may reduce COVID-19 patients' risk of serious illness requiring hospitalization, according to a new study.

The trial included almost 1,500 unvaccinated outpatients in Brazil. All of the patients tested p...

26 Oct
Antidepressants Plus Common Painkillers May Raise Bleeding Risk

Antidepressants Plus Common Painkillers May Raise Bleeding Risk

Antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a mainstay of depression treatment, but a new study warns that taking common painkillers alongside SSRIs may raise the chances for intestinal bleeding.

In a review of 10 published studies involvin...

21 Oct
Confusion, Seizures: People Hospitalized After Taking Veterinary Drug for COVID

Confusion, Seizures: People Hospitalized After Taking Veterinary Drug for COVID

It's a drug that's been supported by some conservative media figures, but taking ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19 might land you in the hospital, a new study warns.

Interest in the drug surged last summer as the highly contagious Delta variant took over the United...

19 Oct
Heartburn Meds Might Be Good for Your Gums

Heartburn Meds Might Be Good for Your Gums

While they're helping to ease reflux, some heartburn drugs may also be reducing the severity of gum disease, new research suggests.

For the study, researchers assessed probing depth in the gums (the gap between teeth and gums) in more than 1,000 patients with gum disease...

05 Oct
Two Meds Better Than One for Many With High Blood Pressure: Study

Two Meds Better Than One for Many With High Blood Pressure: Study

Nearly half of Americans have high blood pressure and only 24% have it under control, but what's the best way to treat it -- one high-dose pill or two at a lower dose?

A large new study suggests that two medications may be better than one for many older patients. Lowerin...

04 Oct
Powerful New Antivirals for COVID Are Coming

Powerful New Antivirals for COVID Are Coming

People newly infected with COVID-19 might soon have access to what essentially is Tamiflu for the novel coronavirus, a breakthrough that experts say would drastically alter the course of the ongoing pandemic.

At least three contenders are vying to become the first antivi...

29 Sep
New Hope for IBD Patients

New Hope for IBD Patients

A drug previously approved for multiple sclerosis also can treat inflammatory bowel disease in some patients, a new clinical trial reports.

The medication, ozanimod (Zeposia), proved effective in helping patients with ulcerative colitis, sending many into full remission,...

28 Sep
Osteoporosis Drug May Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay

Osteoporosis Drug May Keep Type 2 Diabetes at Bay

A drug widely used to treat osteoporosis might reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.

Taking the drug alendronate (Fosamax) for at least eight years could potentially reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes by more than half, compared to people never...

27 Sep
Better Diet, More Exercise Equals Better Blood Pressure

Better Diet, More Exercise Equals Better Blood Pressure

People with high blood pressure that doesn't respond to treatment may have more success by following the DASH diet and joining a supervised diet and exercise program, a new study suggests.

DASH is short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension — a regimen rich in fr...

23 Sep
Diabetes Drug Might Help Women With Preeclampsia Prolong Their Pregnancy

Diabetes Drug Might Help Women With Preeclampsia Prolong Their Pregnancy

Metformin, a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, may help stave off preterm birth among women who develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure.

Preeclampsia is marked by a sudden spike in blood pressure, protein in urine, or other problems during pregnancy. Preterm preec...

22 Sep
18 Million Americans Can't Pay for Needed Meds

18 Million Americans Can't Pay for Needed Meds

As many as 18 million Americans can't afford their prescribed medications, a new nationwide poll finds.

That's 7% of the adult population in the United States. But when it comes to households making less than $24,000 per year, the percentage jumps to 19%, the West Health...

20 Sep
New Drug Combo Boosts Survival Against Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

New Drug Combo Boosts Survival Against Aggressive Form of Breast Cancer

New research offers good news for women with an aggressive HER2-positive breast cancer.

A targeted therapy, trastuzumab deruxtecan (T-DXd), sold as Enhertu, triples the length of time that the cancer remains in check when compared with the current gold standard, trastuzu...

14 Sep
Most Alzheimer's Patients Wouldn't Have Qualified for Controversial Drug's Trial: Study

Most Alzheimer's Patients Wouldn't Have Qualified for Controversial Drug's Trial: Study

U.S. approval of the Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm is already mired in controversy. Now a new study finds that most Alzheimer's patients could not have taken part in clinical trials that led to the green light.

In June, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave accelerated a...

06 Sep
Kids' Accidental Poisonings Are on the Rise: Protect Your Child

Kids' Accidental Poisonings Are on the Rise: Protect Your Child

As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on and stress on families mounts, more kids are falling victim to accidental poisoning.

Experts attribute the surge to disrupted sleep patterns, work schedules and parenting routines.

"I think what's happening is, parents are challe...

02 Sep
Stop Use of Ivermectin for COVID-19: AMA, Pharmacist Groups

Stop Use of Ivermectin for COVID-19: AMA, Pharmacist Groups

The prescribing, dispensing and use of ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19 outside of clinical trials must end immediately, the American Medical Association, American Pharmacists Association and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists say.

The drug has U.S. Foo...

02 Sep
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Help Save Hospitalized COVID Patients

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Help Save Hospitalized COVID Patients

As doctors around the world come up against severe cases of COVID-19, some positive news has emerged: New research shows the rheumatoid arthritis drug baricitinib may help reduce hospitalized COVID patients' risk of death.

Current standard-of-care medications aren't enou...

01 Sep
4-in-1 Blood Pressure Pill Could Improve Outcomes

4-in-1 Blood Pressure Pill Could Improve Outcomes

A four-in-one pill containing "ultra-low doses" of different medications can provide better blood pressure control than standard drug treatment, a new clinical trial from Australia shows.

About 80% of people given the "quadpill" achieved a healthy blood pressure of 140/9...

23 Aug
How Your Medicines Make Their Way Into Rivers, Lakes and Bays

How Your Medicines Make Their Way Into Rivers, Lakes and Bays

Leaky sewer pipes are to blame for large amounts of human medicines getting into rivers, lakes and other bodies of water, a new study reveals.

Researchers found that tens of thousands of doses of drugs get into Chesapeake Bay in Maryland every year due to seeping sewer p...

17 Aug
Ketamine Appears Safe as Therapy for Tough-to-Treat Depression

Ketamine Appears Safe as Therapy for Tough-to-Treat Depression

The anesthesia drug ketamine and a related medicine called esketamine appear to be safe for tough-to-treat depression, researchers report.

A number of studies have suggested that low doses of ketamine, which is also abused as a club drug under monikers that include "K" a...

17 Aug
New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

New CDC Guidelines May Have Made Opioid Prescribing Safer

Five years after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention retooled a guideline for prescribing opioid painkillers, research suggests the change is paying off.

With the United States in the grip of an opioid overdose epidemic, the CDC released an evidence-base...

12 Aug
Bimonthly, Injected PrEP Beats Daily Pill in Warding Off HIV: Study

Bimonthly, Injected PrEP Beats Daily Pill in Warding Off HIV: Study

When the antiretroviral regimen known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, was launched nearly a decade ago, patients were suddenly able to achieve near-complete protection against contracting HIV by taking just one pill a day.

But there's a big hitch: Not everyone is e...

05 Aug
Two PrEP Meds Work Equally Well; One Is Much Cheaper

Two PrEP Meds Work Equally Well; One Is Much Cheaper

The two HIV prevention drugs available in the United States are equally safe and effective, and the biggest difference between them is price, a new study contends.

However, a sizable minority of patients have switched from the older and cheaper "preexposure prophylaxis" ...

04 Aug
Time to Rethink Suicide Warnings on Labels for Anti-Seizure Meds?

Time to Rethink Suicide Warnings on Labels for Anti-Seizure Meds?

Since 2008, anti-seizure drugs have carried a warning that they may increase users' suicide risk. But a new analysis finds no evidence of such a risk with newer medications.

Researchers found that five medications approved since 2008 showed no link to suicide risk among ...

02 Aug
An ALS Drug Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's

An ALS Drug Shows Early Promise Against Alzheimer's

Could a drug used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) help people with mild Alzheimer's disease?

The results of a small new study suggest the strategy could work.

Riluzole has been used for more than 20 years to slow the progression of ALS, commonly called...

28 Jul
FDA Panel Advisor Who Panned New Alzheimer's Drug Speaks Out

FDA Panel Advisor Who Panned New Alzheimer's Drug Speaks Out

An outside advisor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's review of the controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm is now speaking out, arguing that the approval was based on dodgy science and involved questionable collaboration between regulators and the drug's maker.

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27 Jul
High Blood Pressure: Which Drug Works Best for You?

High Blood Pressure: Which Drug Works Best for You?

Two long used types of blood pressure drugs are equally effective, but the less popular one seems to have fewer side effects, according to a large "real-world" study.

The two classes of medication are both recommended as "first-line" treatments for high blood pressure: a...

26 Jul
Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches

Kids Still Dying From Accidental Exposure to Fentanyl Pain Patches

Accidental exposure to fentanyl pain patches is putting children's lives at risk, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

Fentanyl is a powerful opioid pain reliever; so powerful that fentanyl patches are typically only prescribed to patients who require round-the-c...

23 Jul
Doctors Divided Over Use of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug

Doctors Divided Over Use of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug

The controversial new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm is creating something of a civil war in medicine, as health networks, hospitals, insurers and individual doctors weigh impending discussions with patients about whether they should take the medication.

Many doctors believe t...

23 Jul
Drug Shows Promise in Easing Dementia-Linked Psychosis

Drug Shows Promise in Easing Dementia-Linked Psychosis

A drug that eases hallucinations in people with Parkinson's disease may be able to do the same for those with dementia, a new clinical trial finds.

The medication, called Nuplazid (pimavanserin), is already approved in the United States for treating hallucinations and de...

20 Jul
Prescriptions for U.S. Kids Declined During Pandemic

Prescriptions for U.S. Kids Declined During Pandemic

Prescriptions for U.S. children fell by about one-quarter during the COVID-19 pandemic, with prescriptions for antibiotics alone plunging by more than 50%, a new study finds.

The findings are a "national picture of prescription drug dispensing to children before and duri...

09 Jul
No Evidence Muscle Relaxants Can Ease Low Back Pain

No Evidence Muscle Relaxants Can Ease Low Back Pain

Although tens of millions of Americans turn to muscle relaxants for lower back pain relief, a new Australian review finds little evidence that such drugs actually work.

That's the conclusion of a deep-dive into 31 prior investigations, which collectively enlisted more th...

08 Jul
New Prescribing Instructions Tighten Use of Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

New Prescribing Instructions Tighten Use of Controversial Alzheimer's Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued new prescribing rules for the controversial Alzheimer's medication Aduhelm that will likely limit its use.

When first approved a month ago, the FDA said Biogen's monthly IV drug was for all Alzheimer's patients. Th...

07 Jul
Is Medicare Overspending? Costco Prices Much Less for Generic Drugs

Is Medicare Overspending? Costco Prices Much Less for Generic Drugs

Can Costco beat Medicare Part D when it comes to prescription drug prices?

Apparently so, claims a new study that found that roughly half of generic medications were cheaper when purchased from the discount retailer than from the government program.

The researchers...

29 Jun
Walmart to Offer Low-Priced Insulin

Walmart to Offer Low-Priced Insulin

TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) --Walmart said Tuesday that it will start selling its own private brand of insulin at much lower prices than competing products.

Insulin prices have skyrocketed in recent years, making it unaffordable for some Americans with diabet...

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