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Drug Gives 'New Hope' Against Heart Failure, Expert Says

In a head-to-head comparison, an experimental drug was more effective than standard treatment at preventing deaths and hospitalizations in heart failure patients.
'Doctor-Shopping' for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds

About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.
Do Antidepressants in Pregnancy Raise Risks for Mental Woes in Kids?

There's been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children.
Study: Aspirin Might Work Instead of Warfarin for Deep Vein Clots

Aspirin may offer an alternative for people who've had blood clots in the deep veins of the legs and can't tolerate long-term use of blood thinners, according to Australian researchers.
Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Marijuana: Study

States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit -- fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests.
Many U.S. Workers on Disability Use Narcotic Painkillers, Study Finds

A growing number of Americans on work disability chronically use powerful prescription painkillers, according to a new study.
Talk Therapy Plus Meds May Be Best for Severe Depression

A combination of therapy and antidepressants appears to best help people with severe but short-term depression, a new study reports.
U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States.
Tight Blood Pressure Control Doesn't Raise Risk of Falls, Study Says

A new study found no evidence to support the widely held belief that intensive treatment for high blood pressure increases patients' risk of falls and broken bones.
Certain Antipsychotic Meds Tied to Kidney Problems in Elderly

Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults, a new study finds.

 

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