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One Dose of Antidepressant Changes Brain Connections, Study Says

Just a single dose of a common antidepressant can quickly alter the way brain cells communicate with one another, early research suggests.
Researchers Don't See Long-Term Benefits From Drug for Preemies

Although magnesium sulfate is routinely given to pregnant women at risk for very preterm delivery, new research suggests it won't provide any long-term benefits for infants.
Most Treatments for Blood Clots Appear Safe, Effective

Almost all the various treatment options for blood clots that form in veins are equally safe and effective, new research shows.
Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC

The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
Targeted Drugs Among Successes Against Cancer, Says New Report

About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, compared to just 3 million in 1971, the American Association for Cancer Research reported Tuesday.
Nonsurgical Treatments Suggested for Women's Urinary Incontinence

Effective treatment options exist for women with urinary incontinence that don't involve medication or surgery, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians.
Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study

Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests.
Kids Prescribed Antibiotics Twice as Often as Needed, Study Finds

Pediatricians prescribe antibiotics about twice as often as they're actually needed for children with ear and throat infections, a new study indicates.
Small Number of Drugs Behind Kids' Accidental Poisonings: CDC

A relatively small number of medications are responsible for sending thousands of young children to the hospital for accidental ingestion, a U.S. government study finds.
Combo Diabetes Therapy Outperforms Other Treatments, Study Finds

Combining insulin with a relatively new hormone-like drug appears to be a safer and more effective way to treat type 2 diabetes than current methods, a new review suggests.

 

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