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Need a Pill to Help You Sleep? You're Far From Alone, Survey Finds

If you struggle to fall asleep at night, you are not alone.

About 28% of Americans say insomnia is taking a toll on their daily lives, and about 64% say they take sleep aids to help them fall asleep or stay asleep.

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  • June 23, 2022
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  • Medicare Could Save Millions By Taking Cue from Mark Cuban's Online Pharmacy

    TUESDAY, June 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Medicare might want to take note of the pricing strategy of a new online pharmacy run by tech entrepreneur and "Shark Tank" judge Mark Cuban if it wants to save billions on prescription drugs, a new study suggests.

    Cuban’s Cost Plus...

    Cost of Brand-Name Epilepsy Meds Is Soaring

    THURSDAY, June 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Managing epilepsy is an increasingly expensive process in the United States, with prices of brand-name anti-seizure drugs nearly quadrupling over eight years, a new study finds.

    From 2010 to 2018, the cost of brand-named epilepsy drugs, including meds like Vimpat (lacosamide), rose 277% overall, researchers found. Over the sam...

    New ALS Drug Approved in Canada While Still Under FDA Review

    An experimental drug for the neurological disorder ALS was approved in Canada on Monday, but an ongoing evaluation of the treatment by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has raised questions about its effectiveness.

    A condition of Hea...

    You Can Drink Coffee With Your Thyroid Medication: Study

    It's OK to drink coffee soon after taking a liquid thyroid medication, a new study finds.

    Current product labels and treatment guidelines recommend patients take thyroid hormone replacement therapy on an empty stomach, but this new research shows that absorption of liqu...

    New Weight-Loss Drug Looks Good in Trial

    MONDAY, June 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A newly approved drug for type 2 diabetes may be a game-changer for treating obesity, too.

    Given as a shot once a week, tirzepatide works on two naturally occurring hormones that help tell the brain that you are full. It may be as effective as weight-loss surgery.

    "About nine of 10 people in the study lost weight, and the a...

    Setting Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Might Reduce Misuse

    Here's a simple weapon to employ against the opioid epidemic: New research finds that placing time limits on prescriptions for highly addictive narcotic painkillers may reduce the risk of misuse.

    In 2019, 1% of opioid prescriptions from U.S. dentists and surgeons were filled more than 30 days after bei...

    COVID Can 'Rebound' After Treatment With Paxlovid, CDC Says

    COVID-19 can make a comeback after an infected person has gone through a round of Paxlovid, the antiviral used to minimize a bout with the coronavirus, according to an advisory issued Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "Recent case reports document that some patients with normal immune response who have completed a five-day course of Paxlovid for laboratory-co...

    Gout Medicine May Also Help Fight Heart Failure

    The anti-inflammatory benefits of a common gout medicine may help save the lives of heart failure patients, researchers say.

    The medication, colchicine, could also reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients whose arteries are clogged with cholesterol, according to t...

    Asthma, Allergies Raise Heart Risks, Too

    If you have asthma or allergies, you may be more likely to develop heart disease, and some medications may increase or lower that risk, a new review of clinical trials and lab research shows.

    "Many people think of asthma as a disease of the lungs, but there's an important link between asthma and cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart diseases, [high blood pressure] and more," sai...

    Could Asthma Treatment Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

    Adults who suffer from asthma often need to take corticosteroids to open up their airways, but the medications may have an unintended side effect: New research shows the treatment, particularly when taken in pill form, raised the risk of patients becoming obese.

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  • May 2, 2022
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  • Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Seniors, Black Patients Reaches Alarming Levels

    The majority of antibiotic prescriptions for U.S. seniors and Black and Hispanic Americans are inappropriate, a new report reveals.

    For the study, researchers analyzed federal government data on more than 7 billion outpatient visits to doctors' offices, hospital clinics and emergency departments nationwide between 2009 and 2016.

    Nearly 8 million visits (11%) led to antibiotic presc...

    In Long Run, Antidepressants Don't Improve Quality of Life: Study

    Millions of Americans take antidepressants to combat low moods. But a large, new study suggests that these medications over time may do little to improve overall quality of life.

    "We found the change in health-related quality of life to be comparable or similar between patients that used antidepressant medications and those who did not use them," said study lead author Omar Almohammed, an...

    When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

    When people have legal access to marijuana, they're less likely to take certain prescription drugs, new research suggests.

    U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal have seen large drops in the use of prescription drugs for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psychosis and seizures, the researchers found.

    "These results have important implications," said study co-author Shyam ...

    Who Are the New 'Patient Influencers' on Social Media?

    Disability activist Gem Hubbard regularly shares her insights about life in a wheelchair with more than 75,000 Instagram followers, under the handle @wheelsnoheels_, and her YouTube videos boast more than 3.7 million hits.

    Hubbard, who hails from the U.K., is "increasingly known internationally for her work in furthering the horizons of people with and without disabilities,"

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  • Heart Groups Endorse New Class of Meds for Some Heart Failure Patients

    People who live heart failure with reduced ejection fraction can now turn to a diabetes drug to help them feel better, stay out of the hospital and potentially live longer.

    Three leading heart organizations -- the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America -- released

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  • April 4, 2022
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  • FDA Advisory Panel Narrowly Votes Against New ALS Drug

    In a close vote, an advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration decided not to recommend the approval of an experimental drug for the deadly neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

    The panel's decision had been closely watched, with patient advocacy groups lobbying hard for fast-...

    FDA Reviewers Give Thumbs Down to New ALS Drug

    Despite months of intense lobbying by patient advocates, federal health officials on Monday posted a largely negative review of an experimental drug for the devastating illness known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

    In an analysis of Amylyx Pharmaceuticals' drug, known for now only as

  • Dennis Thompson and Robin Foster
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  • March 29, 2022
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  • Common COVID Drug Might Be Useful at Lower Dose

    A lower dose of a widely used COVID-19 drug is just as effective as a higher dose, new research shows.

    Tocilizumab (Actemra) is a rheumatoid arthritis drug that has become the standard of care for treating severe COVID-19, but high demand and production limitations have prompted shortages of the m...

    New Malaria Treatment Gets First Approval for Use in Children

    A new drug that can cure a certain type of malaria was approved in Australia Monday for kids and teens.

    The approval was announced on Monday by the nonprofit Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), which helped develop the drug with GlaxoSmith...

    Stroke Rate Rises Among Young Americans, Even as It Declines for Seniors

    Although there's been a marked decline in rates of stroke among older adults over the past 30 years, growing numbers of young Americans are having strokes.

    Obesity may be one reason why, experts say.

    "The decline in strokes in people aged 50 and older is likely due to better stroke risk factor control, such as...

    2 Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Tied to Lower Risk of Parkinson's

    Two rheumatoid arthritis drugs show potential for lowering the risk of Parkinson's disease, new research shows.

    Some previous studies have found that people with rheumatoid arthritis have a lower risk of Parkinson's, and it was suggested that a class of rheumatoid arthritis drugs called disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may play a role in that reduced risk.

    To learn mor...

    Newer Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Raise Heart, Cancer Risks

    Finding the right medication for rheumatoid arthritis isn't easy, and a newer pill against the disease carries higher risks of heart attack, stroke and cancer than older RA drugs, a new clinical trial confirms.

    The study was mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after earlier safety signals about the drug, called tofacitinib (Xeljanz).

    In response to the findings, ...

    Common Gout Drug Is Safe in Patients With Kidney Issues

    Allopurinol, a frequently used gout medication, does not appear to drive up the risk for dying among gout patients who also struggle with chronic kidney disease, new research shows.

    The finding is based on an analysis of two decades worth of British health records. And it may put to rest recent concerns regarding a well-known drug that both gout patients and kidney disease patients have u...

    COVID-19 Treatments: What You Need to Know

    Two years into the pandemic, coronavirus treatments like monoclonal antibodies and antiviral pills have been approved to treat COVID-19, but it's hard to keep track of which ones still work, experts say.

    For example, the monoclonal ant...

    Insurance Often Covers Ivermectin for COVID, Even Though Drug Doesn't Work

    U.S. insurers are paying millions of dollars a year to cover the cost of ivermectin for COVID-19 patients despite a lack of proof the anti-parasitic drug is effective against the virus, a new study finds.

    Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization say ivermectin pills -- typically used to treat parasitic infections like worms -- should not be used for CO...

    FDA Approves Monoclonal Antibody to Treat Arthritis in Cats

    Arthritis can keep a cat from doing many of the things that kitties love to do. But now there's hope: The first treatment to ease arthritis pain in cats has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Solensia (frunevetmab injection) is the first monoclonal antibody drug approved by the FDA for use in any animal species. A monoclonal antibody is a type of protein.

    The ac...

    Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

    The opioid addict you know might not be the college kid who has always dabbled in alcohol and drugs.

    It could be your grandparent.

    Opioid misuse doesn't discriminate by age -- and rates are rising steadily among adults aged 55 and up, new research shows.

    "You can still use recrea...

    How Safe Is a 'Holiday' From Bone-Strengthening Meds?

    People on bone-protecting drugs often take breaks from them for a few years. Now a new study finds that a "holiday" from the medication risedronate (Actonel) may come with a slightly increased risk of hip fracture.

    Researchers found that compared with a drug holiday from alendronate (Fosamax), taking a few years off from risedronate came with an 18% higher risk of hip fracture.

    The ...

    Medicare Proposes to Only Cover Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm for Use in Clinical Trials

    It's a move that could severely limit the number of people taking the controversial new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm: Medicare on Tuesday proposed to only cover the cost of the pricey medication for people enrolled in approved clinical trials.

    A final decision on coverage is expected later this year.

    The drug costs $28,200 per year, but that cost will only be covered for participan...

    Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer’s Drug

    Medicare has been told to reassess a significant premium increase it had announced that largely stemmed from the expensive new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm.

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra's directive, which was annou...

    Drug Combo Boosts Outcomes for Advanced Melanoma

    For people newly diagnosed with advanced melanoma, a combination of two immunotherapy drugs can double the amount of time their cancer remains progression-free, a clinical trial has found.

    The treatment combines two drugs known as immune checkpoint inhibitors. One, called nivolumab (Opdivo), is already standard for advanced melanoma; the other, relatlimab, is not yet approved.

    But b...

    Aduhelm: Will Medicare Cover the Controversial Alzheimer's Drug?

    Following a months-long and unprecedented review, Medicare officials expect to announce within the next couple of weeks whether the program will cover the controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm. The drug's benefits are in question and its annual price tag tops $28,000.

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tend to cover with little fanfare most drugs approved by its s...

    The New COVID Antiviral Pills: What You Need to Know

    New antiviral pills for COVID-19 recently authorized for emergency use in high-risk people by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should give doctors an easier means of keeping people out of the hospital.

    But the initial hype is giving way to reality, as doctors and public health officials grapple with the challenges of getting the Pfizer and Merck antiviral pills into the hands of thos...

    Ketamine May Quickly Ease Tough-to-Treat Depression

    Ketamine, once most famous as a "club" drug, can rapidly improve hard-to-treat depression and curb suicidal thoughts, a new review confirms.

    In recent years, ketamine has emerged as something of a wonder drug for some people who do not get better with standa...

    FDA Gives OK to Merck's Antiviral At-Home COVID Pill

    Many Americans now have two oral antiviral pills that can be taken at home to treat a fresh case of COVID-19.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the emergency use of Merck's molnupiravir pi...

    FDA Approves New Drug to Help Control Severe Asthma

    People who struggle with severe asthma now have a new treatment to get some relief.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an injectable drug called Tezspire (tezepelumab-ekko), which would be administered every four weeks by a health care profession...

    Program Aims to Get Lifesaving Drugs to Kids With Cancer in Poorer Countries

    A new program to boost the supply of cancer medicines for children in low- and middle-income countries has been announced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

    The hospital is making a six-year, $200 million investment to launch the Global Platform for Access to Childhood C...

    Maker Cuts Price of Controversial New Alzheimer's Drug in Half

    The maker of the pricey new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm (aducanumab) said Monday it will slash the cost of its medication in half, effective Jan. 1, 2022.

    The move follows widespread criticism of the drug's original $56,000-a-year price tag.

    The reduction in the wholesale acquisition cost announced by Biogen means that the annual cost for a patient of average weight will be $28,200, th...

    Are Opioid Painkillers Needed Weeks After Heart Surgery? Maybe Not

    Recovery from heart surgery can bring some pain. But a new study suggests patients don't need potentially addictive prescription opioids to control that post-op discomfort.

    "This study shows that discharge without opioid pain medicine after cardiac surgery is extremely well tolerated...

    Weed May Mess With Your Medicines, Causing Harm

    Many people turn to marijuana or cannabidiol to ease their achy joints and help them sleep, but a new study suggests that could wreak havoc with any other medications they're taking.

    Why? Because the body uses the same set of enzymes to process them all, scientists report.

    The chemicals in mari...

    Drug Combo May Fight a Tough Form of Breast Cancer

    An experimental drug, added to chemotherapy, may benefit women with an aggressive form of breast cancer, suggests an early study offering much-needed good news.

    The study involved women with "triple-negative" breast cancer, which accounts for about 15% to 20% of breast cancers among U.S. women. It is so called because the cancers lack receptors for the hormones estrogen and progesterone, ...

    Drug Can Keep Leukemia in Remission for Years in Younger Patients

    For certain leukemia patients, some welcome findings: New research confirms long remissions after treatment with the drug ibrutinib and chemotherapy.

    The study involved 85 patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). All were 65 or younger, and 46 had more aggressive, unmutated IGHV subtype of the d...

    Certain Meds Raise Odds for Delirium After Surgery

    Older adults have a higher risk of delirium after hip and knee surgery if they're taking anxiety, depression or insomnia drugs, researchers say.

    "Our findings show that different classes of medicine are riskier than others when it comes to causing delirium after surgery, and the older the patients are, the greater the risk," said lead study author Gizat Kassie. He is a postdoctoral resear...

    New Asthma Drug Helps Kids, But Price Tag Is High

    Children with hard-to-control asthma may get relief from adding an injectable antibody drug to their standard treatment, a clinical trial has found.

    The drug, called dupilumab (Dupixent), has been available for several years to treat stubborn asthma in adults and teenagers. Based on the new findings, the

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  • December 9, 2021
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  • What's the Best Blood Thinner for a Blood Clot in Your Legs?

    For people suffering from clots in their legs, a new study finds that one of two commonly used blood thinners is safer and more effective than the other.

    Venous thromboembolism (VTE) can cause clots to form in the deep veins in the legs, and if one breaks loose it can travel to the lungs and cause breathing problems and even death. In this study, researchers looked at the risks and benefi...

    Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

    President Joe Biden promised cheaper prescription drugs for all Americans on Monday as his social agenda legislation winds its way through Congress.

    Biden tried to shift Americans' focus to pocketbook provisions overlooked in his $2 trillion legislation, which deals with everything from climate to family life and taxes. The legislation has passed the House and is pending before the Senate...

    Could Viagra Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

    Viagra, a drug long used to treat erectile dysfunction, may double as a potential weapon against Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

    Looking at data on more than 7 million Americans, researchers found that those taking the drug were 69% less likely to develop Alzheimer's, when compared to non-users.

    Then, in lab experiments, the investigators showed that the medication seeme...

    Almost 13 Million Americans Per Year Skip Meds Due to Cost

    Nearly 13 million U.S. adults a year skip or delay filling needed prescriptions due to high price tags, new research shows.

    This figure includes more than 2.3 million Medicare beneficiaries and 3.8 million privately insured working-age adults who didn't get needed medications each year in 2018 and 2019 because of cost, according to a nationally representative survey of U.S. households.

    Kids With Uncontrolled Asthma at Higher Odds for Severe COVID-19

    Asthma is a tough disease for kids and their parents to manage well, but not keeping it under control may make these children up to six times more likely to wind up in the hospital with severe COVID-19, new research shows.

    With the cold and flu season about to kick in and COVID-19 rates climbing again in some areas, kids with asthma should make sure their disease is under tight control, s...