| May 15, 2013
| 3:57 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After decades of using one-size-fits-all therapies to combat cancer, doctors are using new tools to help decide when their patients can skip chemotherapy or other harsh treatments.
An approach to oncology that has been in place...
| Aug 14, 2013
| 10:10 PM
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed "ridiculous amounts" of Vicodin for a chronic back problem.
His colleague offered him some of the pills. Soon Kurt was...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 9:23 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Older U.S. adults, particularly women, are more likely to use prescription sleep medications to try to get the minimum seven hours of sleep experts generally recommend, U.S. data released on Thursday showed.
Use of such pills,...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 5:13 PM
A new study suggests that the 6% to 10% of Americans who use prescription sleep medications such as zolpidem (Ambien), temazepam (Restoril), eszopiclone (Lunesta) and zaleplon (Sonata) are more likely to develop cancer, and far more likely to die...
| Sep 15, 2010
There has never been a magic prescription to help millions of obese Americans lose weight. Whether one is any closer to reality is now under scrutiny.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel will decide Wednesday whether the diet drug Meridia...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 3:49 PM
A new study finds that one the fastest-growing classes of prescription drugs in the United States is linked to shrinkage in the brains of those who take it, raising some new questions about the widening use of antipsychotic medications.
| Sep 13, 2011
| 4:41 AM
LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people living with diabetes has soared to 366 million, and the disease kills one person every seven seconds, posing a "massive challenge" to healthcare systems worldwide, experts said on Tuesday.
The vast majority of...
| Nov 29, 2011
| 4:22 PM
The nation's largest-selling pharmaceutical is going generic this week. Lipitor, which is prescribed to help people reduce their cholesterol levels, is going "off-patent" Wednesday. According to a HealthDay News report, Lipitor sales were nearly $4...
| Jan 8, 2011
Although first approved to treat schizophrenia, new antipsychotic medications are increasingly being prescribed for a host of other uses, even when there is little evidence they work, U.S. researchers said on Friday.
The drugs, known as "atypical...
| Feb 7, 2011
| 8:41 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Monday it has updated the labeling of its diabetes pill Avandia to include safety restrictions ordered by federal health authorities because of the drug's links to heart attack.
The Food and Drug Administration...
| Mar 30, 2009
Lost jobs and lost careers. Promising businesses in shambles. The college acceptance letter returned to its envelope. This is how President Obama recently described the effect of the tanking economy on ordinary Americans -- and the stresses keeping them...