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Tight Blood Sugar Control Doesn't Prevent Strokes in Diabetics: Study

A six-year study of people with type 2 diabetes found that intensively lowering blood pressure had a long-lasting effect in preventing heart attacks, strokes and deaths. But intensive blood sugar control didn't produce those benefits, the researchers found.
FDA Approves Another Weekly Injectable Drug for Type 2 Diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new type 2 diabetes drug, Trulicity, on Thursday. Trulicity is part of a class of once-a-week injectable drugs that help manage blood sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes.
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.

 

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