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23 Jun
Need a Pill to Help You Sleep? You're Far From Alone, Survey Finds

Need a Pill to Help You Sleep? You're Far From Alone, Survey Finds

If you struggle to fall asleep at night, you are not alone.

About 28% of Americans say insomnia is taking a toll on their daily lives, and about 64% say they take sleep aids to help them

21 Jun
Medicare Could Save Millions By Taking Cue from Mark Cuban's Online Pharmacy

Medicare Could Save Millions By Taking Cue from Mark Cuban's Online Pharmacy

Medicare might want to take note of the pricing strategy of a new online pharmacy run by tech entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" judge Mark Cuban if it wants to save billions on prescription drugs, a new study suggest...

16 Jun
Cost of Brand-Name Epilepsy Meds Is Soaring

Cost of Brand-Name Epilepsy Meds Is Soaring

Managing epilepsy is an increasingly expensive process in the United States, with prices of brand-name anti-seizure drugs nearly quadrupling over eight years, a new study finds.

From 2010 to 2018, the cost of brand-named epilepsy drugs, including meds like Vimpat (lacosa...

13 Jun
New ALS Drug Approved in Canada While Still Under FDA Review

New ALS Drug Approved in Canada While Still Under FDA Review

An experimental drug for the neurological disorder ALS was approved in Canada on Monday, but an ongoing evaluation of the t...

13 Jun
You Can Drink Coffee With Your Thyroid Medication: Study

You Can Drink Coffee With Your Thyroid Medication: Study

It's OK to drink coffee soon after taking a liquid thyroid medication, a new study finds.

Current product labels and treatment guidelines recommend patients take

06 Jun
New Weight-Loss Drug Looks Good in Trial

New Weight-Loss Drug Looks Good in Trial

A newly approved drug for type 2 diabetes may be a game-changer for treating obesity, too.

Given as a shot once a week, tirzepatide works on two naturally occurring hormones that help tell the brain that you are full. It may be as effective as weight-loss surgery.

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06 Jun
Setting Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Might Reduce Misuse

Setting Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Might Reduce Misuse

Here's a simple weapon to employ against the opioid epidemic: New research finds that placing time limits on prescriptions for highly addictive narcotic painkillers may reduce the risk of m...

24 May
COVID Can 'Rebound' After Treatment With Paxlovid, CDC Says

COVID Can 'Rebound' After Treatment With Paxlovid, CDC Says

COVID-19 can make a comeback after an infected person has gone through a round of Paxlovid, the antiviral used to minimize a bout with the coronavirus, according to an advisory issued Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Recent case reports do...

23 May
Gout Medicine May Also Help Fight Heart Failure

Gout Medicine May Also Help Fight Heart Failure

The anti-inflammatory benefits of a common gout medicine may help save the lives of heart failure patients, researchers say.

The medication, colchicine, could...

18 May
Asthma, Allergies Raise Heart Risks, Too

Asthma, Allergies Raise Heart Risks, Too

If you have asthma or allergies, you may be more likely to develop heart disease, and some medications may increase or lower that risk, a new review of clinical trials and lab research shows.

"Many people think of asthma as a disease of the lungs, but there's an importan...

02 May
Could Asthma Treatment Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

Could Asthma Treatment Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

Adults who suffer from asthma often need to take corticosteroids to open up their airways, but the medications may have an unintended side effect: New research shows the treatment, particularly when taken in pil...

22 Apr
Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Seniors, Black Patients Reaches Alarming Levels

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Seniors, Black Patients Reaches Alarming Levels

The majority of antibiotic prescriptions for U.S. seniors and Black and Hispanic Americans are inappropriate, a new report reveals.

For the study, researchers analyzed federal government data on more than 7 billion outpatient visits to doctors' offices, hospital clinics ...

20 Apr
In Long Run, Antidepressants Don't Improve Quality of Life: Study

In Long Run, Antidepressants Don't Improve Quality of Life: Study

Millions of Americans take antidepressants to combat low moods. But a large, new study suggests that these medications over time may do little to improve overall quality of life.

"We found the change in health-related quality of life to be comparable or similar between p...

20 Apr
When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

When people have legal access to marijuana, they're less likely to take certain prescription drugs, new research suggests.

U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal have seen large drops in the use of prescription drugs for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psych...

15 Apr
Who Are the New 'Patient Influencers' on Social Media?

Who Are the New 'Patient Influencers' on Social Media?

Disability activist Gem Hubbard regularly shares her insights about life in a wheelchair with more than 75,000 Instagram followers, under the handle @wheelsnoheels_, and her YouTube videos boast more than 3.7 million hits.

Hubbard, who hails from the U.K., is "increasing...

04 Apr
Heart Groups Endorse New Class of Meds for Some Heart Failure Patients

Heart Groups Endorse New Class of Meds for Some Heart Failure Patients

People who live heart failure with reduced ejection fraction can now turn to a diabetes drug to help them feel better, stay out of the hospital and potentially live longer.

Three leading heart organizations -- the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Associati...

31 Mar
FDA Advisory Panel Narrowly Votes Against New ALS Drug

FDA Advisory Panel Narrowly Votes Against New ALS Drug

In a close vote, an advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided not to recommend the approval of an experimental drug for the deadly neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (

29 Mar
FDA Reviewers Give Thumbs Down to New ALS Drug

FDA Reviewers Give Thumbs Down to New ALS Drug

Despite months of intense lobbying by patient advocates, federal health officials on Monday posted a largely negative review of an experimental drug for the devastating illness known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In an

24 Mar
Common COVID Drug Might Be Useful at Lower Dose

Common COVID Drug Might Be Useful at Lower Dose

A lower dose of a widely used COVID-19 drug is just as effective as a higher dose, new research shows.

Tocilizumab (Actemra) is a rheumatoid arthritis drug that has become the st...

14 Mar
New Malaria Treatment Gets First Approval for Use in Children

New Malaria Treatment Gets First Approval for Use in Children

A new drug that can cure a certain type of malaria was approved in Australia Monday for kids and teens.

The approval was...

03 Feb
Stroke Rate Rises Among Young Americans, Even as It Declines for Seniors

Stroke Rate Rises Among Young Americans, Even as It Declines for Seniors

Although there's been a marked decline in rates of stroke among older adults over the past 30 years, growing numbers of young Americans are having strokes.

Obesity may be one reason why, experts sa...

28 Jan
2 Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Tied to Lower Risk of Parkinson's

2 Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Tied to Lower Risk of Parkinson's

Two rheumatoid arthritis drugs show potential for lowering the risk of Parkinson's disease, new research shows.

Some previous studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a lower risk of Parkinson's, and it was suggested that a class of rheumatoid arthri...

27 Jan
Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Raise Heart, Cancer Risks

Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Raise Heart, Cancer Risks

Finding the right medication for rheumatoid arthritis isn't easy, and a newer pill against the disease carries higher risks of heart attack, stroke and cancer than older RA drugs, a new clinical trial confirms.

The study was mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administrat...

26 Jan
Common Gout Drug Is Safe in Patients With Kidney Issues

Common Gout Drug Is Safe in Patients With Kidney Issues

Allopurinol, a frequently used gout medication, does not appear to drive up the risk for dying among gout patients who also struggle with chronic kidney disease, new research shows.

The finding is based on an analysis of two decades worth of British health records. And i...

18 Jan
COVID-19 Treatments: What You Need to Know

COVID-19 Treatments: What You Need to Know

Two years into the pandemic, coronavirus treatments like monoclonal antibodies and antiviral pills have been approved to treat COVID-19, but it's hard to keep track of which ones still work, experts say.

For example, the monoclonal

17 Jan
Insurance Often Covers Ivermectin for COVID, Even Though Drug Doesn't Work

Insurance Often Covers Ivermectin for COVID, Even Though Drug Doesn't Work

U.S. insurers are paying millions of dollars a year to cover the cost of ivermectin for COVID-19 patients despite a lack of proof the anti-parasitic drug is effective against the virus, a new study finds.

Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Or...

13 Jan
FDA Approves Monoclonal Antibody to Treat Arthritis in Cats

FDA Approves Monoclonal Antibody to Treat Arthritis in Cats

Arthritis can keep a cat from doing many of the things that kitties love to do. But now there's hope: The first treatment to ease arthritis pain in cats has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Solensia (frunevetmab injection) is the first monoclonal a...

13 Jan
Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

The opioid addict you know might not be the college kid who has always dabbled in alcohol and drugs.

It could be your grandparent.

Opioid misuse doesn't discriminate by age -- and rates are rising steadily among adults aged 55 and up,

12 Jan
How Safe Is a 'Holiday' From Bone-Strengthening Meds?

How Safe Is a 'Holiday' From Bone-Strengthening Meds?

People on bone-protecting drugs often take breaks from them for a few years. Now a new study finds that a "holiday" from the medication risedronate (Actonel) may come with a slightly increased risk of hip fracture.

Researchers found that compared with a drug holiday from...

11 Jan
Medicare Proposes to Only Cover Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm for Use in Clinical Trials

Medicare Proposes to Only Cover Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm for Use in Clinical Trials

It's a move that could severely limit the number of people taking the controversial new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm: Medicare on Tuesday proposed to only cover the cost of the pricey medication for people enrolled in approved clinical trials.

A final decision on coverage ...

10 Jan
Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer's Drug

Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer's Drug

Medicare has been told to reassess a significant premium increase it had announced that largely stemmed from the expensive new Alzheimer's drug

10 Jan
Drug Combo Boosts Outcomes for Advanced Melanoma

Drug Combo Boosts Outcomes for Advanced Melanoma

For people newly diagnosed with advanced melanoma, a combination of two immunotherapy drugs can double the amount of time their cancer remains progression-free, a clinical trial has found.

The treatment combines two drugs known as immune checkpoint inhibitors. One, calle...

07 Jan
Aduhelm: Will Medicare Cover the Controversial Alzheimer's Drug?

Aduhelm: Will Medicare Cover the Controversial Alzheimer's Drug?

Following a months-long and unprecedented review, Medicare officials expect to announce within the next couple of weeks whether the program will cover the controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm. The drug's benefits are in question and its annual price tag tops $28,000.

T...

29 Dec
The New COVID Antiviral Pills: What You Need to Know

The New COVID Antiviral Pills: What You Need to Know

New antiviral pills for COVID-19 recently authorized for emergency use in high-risk people by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should give doctors an easier means of keeping people out of the hospital.

But the initial hype is giving way to reality, as doctors and pu...

27 Dec
Ketamine May Quickly Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

Ketamine May Quickly Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

Ketamine, once most famous as a "club" drug, can rapidly improve hard-to-treat depression and curb suicidal thoughts, a new review confirms.

In recent years,

23 Dec
FDA Gives OK to Merck's Antiviral At-Home COVID Pill

FDA Gives OK to Merck's Antiviral At-Home COVID Pill

Many Americans now have two oral antiviral pills that can be taken at home to treat a fresh case of COVID-19.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday

23 Dec
FDA Approves New Drug to Help Control Severe Asthma

FDA Approves New Drug to Help Control Severe Asthma

People who struggle with severe asthma now have a new treatment to get some relief.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an inje...

22 Dec
Program Aims to Get Lifesaving Drugs to Kids With Cancer in Poorer Countries

Program Aims to Get Lifesaving Drugs to Kids With Cancer in Poorer Countries

A new program to boost the supply of cancer medicines for children in low- and middle-income countries has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The hospital is making a six-year, $200 million investment to launc...

20 Dec
Maker Cuts Price of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug in Half

Maker Cuts Price of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug in Half

The maker of the pricey new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm (aducanumab) said Monday it will slash the cost of its medication in half, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

The move follows widespread criticism of the drug's original $56,000-a-year price tag.

The reduction in the whole...

17 Dec
Are Opioid Painkillers Needed Weeks After Heart Surgery? Maybe Not

Are Opioid Painkillers Needed Weeks After Heart Surgery? Maybe Not

Recovery from heart surgery can bring some pain. But a new study suggests patients don't need potentially addictive prescription opioids to control that post-op discomfor...

16 Dec
Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

Many people turn to marijuana or cannabidiol to ease their achy joints and help them sleep, but a new study suggests that could wreak havoc with any other medications they're taking.

Why? Because the body uses the same set of enzymes to process them all, scientists repor...

15 Dec
Drug Combo May Fight a Tough Form of Breast Cancer

Drug Combo May Fight a Tough Form of Breast Cancer

An experimental drug, added to chemotherapy, may benefit women with an aggressive form of breast cancer, suggests an early study offering much-needed good news.

The study involved women with "triple-negative" breast cancer, which accounts for about 15% to 20% of breast c...

14 Dec
Drug Can Keep Leukemia in Remission for Years in Younger Patients

Drug Can Keep Leukemia in Remission for Years in Younger Patients

For certain leukemia patients, some welcome findings: New research confirms long remissions after treatment with the drug ibrutinib and chemotherapy.

The study involved 85 patients with chr...

13 Dec
Certain Meds Raise Odds for Delirium After Surgery

Certain Meds Raise Odds for Delirium After Surgery

Older adults have a higher risk of delirium after hip and knee surgery if they're taking anxiety, depression or insomnia drugs, researchers say.

"Our findings show that different classes of medicine are riskier than others when it comes to causing delirium after surgery,...

09 Dec
New Asthma Drug Helps Kids, But Price Tag Is High

New Asthma Drug Helps Kids, But Price Tag Is High

Children with hard-to-control asthma may get relief from adding an injectable antibody drug to their standard treatment, a clinical trial has found.

The drug, called dupilumab (Dupixent), has been available for several years to treat stubborn asthma in adults and teenage...

08 Dec
What's the Best Blood Thinner for a Blood Clot in Your Legs?

What's the Best Blood Thinner for a Blood Clot in Your Legs?

For people suffering from clots in their legs, a new study finds that one of two commonly used blood thinners is safer and more effective than the other.

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) can cause clots to form in the deep veins in the legs, and if one breaks loose it can tr...

07 Dec
Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

President Joe Biden promised cheaper prescription drugs for all Americans on Monday as his social agenda legislation winds its way through Congress.

Biden tried to shift Americans' focus to pocketbook provisions overlooked in his $2 trillion legislation, which deals with...

06 Dec
Could Viagra Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Could Viagra Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Viagra, a drug long used to treat erectile dysfunction, may double as a potential weapon against Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Looking at data on more than 7 million Americans, researchers found that those taking the drug were 69% less likely to develop Alzh...

03 Dec
Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to Cost

Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to Cost

Nearly 13 million U.S. adults a year skip or delay filling needed prescriptions due to high price tags, new research shows.

This figure includes more than 2.3 million Medicare beneficiaries and 3.8 million privately insured working-age adults who didn't get needed medica...

01 Dec
Kids With Uncontrolled Asthma at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19

Kids With Uncontrolled Asthma at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19

Asthma is a tough disease for kids and their parents to manage well, but not keeping it under control may make these children up to six times more likely to wind up in the hospital with severe COVID-19, new research shows.

With the cold and flu season about to kick in an...