The proportion of people in different age groups who have taken sleeping pills in the past 30 days.
August 30, 2013 About 9 million American adults have taken sleeping pills in the past month. Their popularity generally increases with age and is highest among people 80 and older.
A brain scan followed by quick drug treatment in the right patients can stop a stroke in its tracks.
August 27, 2013 Many stroke patients are getting treatment with a drug that dissolves blood clots. The approach was once controversial. But giving the drug to eligible patients within a few hours of a stroke's first symptoms can prevent disability.
The Ebola virus forms threadlike structures under the microscope.
August 21, 2013 An experimental drug rescued three out of seven monkeys from lethal doses of Ebola. The study marks the first time researchers have shown that a drug can successfully treat Ebola in animals even after the infection is well underway.
Don't fear the 'shrooms.
August 20, 2013 People who had taken LSD, psilocybin or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health treatment or to have symptoms of mental illness, a Norwegian study finds.
The active ingredient in Propecia, a baldness remedy approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997, is showing new promise as a way to prevent some prostate cancers.
August 14, 2013 Doctors have debated for years whether a drug that curbed the growth of some prostate cancers caused more serious ones to grow faster. Now, a long-term study calms those fears and raises the possibility that a cheap, generic pill could be used reduce prostate cancer risk.
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Who's deciding which boxes he gets to check?
August 14, 2013 An analysis of 16 recent medical guidelines found evidence of financial ties between key experts and industry. Most of the recommendations expanded the definitions of common illnesses, lowering the threshold for treatment.
When dealing with aches and pains, sometimes the best way to get better is to feel better — and fast. Some popular medicines of old favored additives like cocaine.
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August 10, 2013 In the old days, a case of the nerves, constipation or a general lack of vitality could lead someone to try a patent medicine. Though filled with sketchy ingredients, the old remedies may have worked sometimes, too.
August 5, 2013 Doctors in states where corruption is more common appear more likely to be influenced by drug company payments than those in states with fewer corruption-related crimes. Male doctors, overall, appear more likely to be swayed by drug industry payments than their female colleagues.
Chemistry, genetics and computing give us clues to understand cancer cells.
July 16, 2013 Geneticists, pharmacologist and mathematicians combine their powers to answer one of the most vexing questions in modern oncology: Why don't anti-cancer drugs always work?
July 11, 2013 Since 2007, the Food and Drug Administration has had the power to require drugmakers to continue studying the safety of their pills or other medicines as a condition for approving them in the first place. An analysis finds that many studies are behind schedule.
Drugs found in the medicine chest are claiming more women's lives than cocaine and heroin.
July 3, 2013 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report women are more likely to have chronic pain. They're also more likely to shop around for a doctor who will prescribe pain pills.
Federal authorities seized a bunch of websites belonging to online pharmacies that were allegedly breaking the law.
June 28, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. attorney's office in Colorado cracked down on more than 1,600 websites that the feds say are breaking the law in the way they're selling prescription drugs, some of them counterfeits.
How does the doctor decide what to write on the prescription pad?
June 25, 2013 Paying doctors to prescribe particular drugs is illegal. But drugmakers pay some doctors to talk with their peers about prescription drugs. The speakers say they aren't influenced by the money they get for promoting the drugs. But data show many of them are top prescribers of the medicines.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says doctors should prescribe Truvada, a once-a-day pill for HIV, to help prevent infections in IV drug users.
June 13, 2013 Needle sharing and drug use put an estimated 4,000 people at risk for contracting HIV every year. Now, the same medications that are used to treat HIV-positive individuals might also protect the uninfected before they engage in risky behavior.
Expensive prescriptions drugs can stretch people's finances, even if they have insurance.
June 11, 2013 The Affordable Care Act sets annual limits on the amount that people will owe out of pocket for prescription drugs starting in 2014. But sick people in some plans won't get relief until the following year because the federal government is giving certain health plans extra time to comply.
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