Painkillers not as addictive as feared: study
November 2nd, 2012
By Kerry Grens NEW YORK | Fri Nov 2, 2012 5:15pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Fewer than five percent of patients prescribed narcotics to treat chronic pain become addicted to the drugs, according to a new analysis of past research. The finding suggests that concerns about the risk of becoming addicted to prescription painkillers might be “overblown,” said addiction specialist Dr
Insight: Crunching the numbers to boost odds against cancer
November 1st, 2012
A dispensing chemist prepares drugs for a chemotherapy treatment in a sterile room at Antoine-Lacassagne Cancer Centre in Nice October 18, 2012. Picture taken October 18, 2012
FDA approves Teva leukemia drug
October 26th, 2012
Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:51am EDT (Reuters) – The U.S.
Backup strep throat testing may be unnecessary
October 23rd, 2012
By Kerry Grens NEW YORK | Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:02am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Doctors don’t need to double-check the results of a negative strep throat test because any missed cases typically don’t result in additional health problems for patients, according to a new study. Researchers found that among people with strep throat symptoms, an initial in-office test failed to detect the bacterial infection six percent of the time – but those oversights didn’t lead to complications from the infection. The findings support recent recommendations from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) that for adult patients, doctors can rely on the rapid test results alone to make treatment decisions
Independent monitor says Celgene cancer drug meets late-stage goals
October 23rd, 2012
Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:24am EDT (Reuters) – Independent safety monitors determined that Celgene Corp’s experimental cancer drug met the main goal of a late stage trial of improving progression-free survival in multiple myeloma patients who have relapsed or not responded to prior treatment.
Substance abuse diagnoses increasing in U.S.
October 22nd, 2012
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:44pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Possibly driven by a surge in painkiller abuse, the number of drug and alcohol problems diagnosed by U.S.
Family whooping cough shots may protect babies
October 18th, 2012
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:17pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Vaccinating moms and older siblings against whooping cough may prevent infants from coming down with the infection, a new study suggests.
World TB cases fall, but drug-resistance a worry : WHO
October 17th, 2012
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO | Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:58pm EDT CHICAGO (Reuters) – New tuberculosis infections dropped 2.2 percent worldwide last year, but with nearly 9 million new infections, the World Health Organization said TB remains a massive problem that could worsen if countries shortchange funding to fight it. In its annual assessment released Wednesday, WHO also said only one in five people with drug-resistant strains of TB is being diagnosed each year, leaving hundreds of thousands of people who are potentially infecting others with this particularly deadly form of the disease. Overall, the report found that 8.7 million people fell ill with tuberculosis in 2011 and 1.4 million died, including nearly 430,000 people who were also infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Dry eye common after eyelid lifts
October 17th, 2012
By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:40am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – More than one-quarter of people who’ve had an eyelid lift report symptoms of dry eye such as excessive watering and irritation, a new study suggests.
Kids with ADHD have dimmer prospects: study
October 15th, 2012
By Frederik Joelving NEW YORK | Mon Oct 15, 2012 4:55pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children with ADHD symptoms tend to fare worse as adults than do kids without problems in school, according to the longest follow-up study of the disorder to date. They have less education and lower income, on average, and higher rates of divorce and substance abuse, according to findings released today in the Archives of General Psychiatry.