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Free Drug Samples for Doctors Might Prove Costly for Patients

Dermatologists who receive free drug samples are more likely to give their patients prescriptions for expensive medicines, a new study says.
Taking Blood Thinners With Certain Painkillers May Raise Bleeding Risk

People taking blood thinners to prevent clots in their legs or lungs may put themselves at risk for serious internal bleeding if they also take common painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, researchers warn.
Study Ties Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Boys

Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research.
Protecting Children From Poison Emergencies

More than 1.2 million American children under the age of 6 swallow or come into contact with poisonous substances each year.
Report Questions Effectiveness of Flu Meds

No evidence exists to show that anti-flu medicines stockpiled by countries around the world protect people from the spread of flu or reduce related hospitalizations and complications, a new analysis contends.
Too Many Foster Kids With ADHD Treated With Antipsychotic Drugs: Study

Antipsychotic drugs are increasingly being prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and teens in foster care, according to a new study.
Cure Rate for Experimental Hepatitis C Drug Tops 95 Percent

Researchers report that an experimental drug has cured more than 95 percent of patients infected with hepatitis C, including some who failed other treatments.
Certain Prescription Painkillers Tied to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat: Study

A long-term study suggests that older people who use common prescription painkillers, including prescription-strength ibuprofen, may be increasing their risk for developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.
Chemo Might Give Certain Lung Cancer Patients an Edge

Cancer specialists have been unsure about how best to treat certain patients with an advanced form of lung cancer.
Aspirin Advised for Women at High Risk for Pregnancy Complication

Pregnant women at high risk for the serious condition called preeclampsia should take low-dose aspirin every day after their first trimester, according to a new draft recommendation by an influential U.S. panel of experts.

 

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