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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.
Robin Williams Had Early Stage Parkinson's Disease, Wife Reveals

Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease before he committed suicide this week, and he was sober at the time of his death, his wife announced Thursday afternoon.
Robin Williams Had Parkinson's Disease, Wife Says

Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease before he committed suicide this week, and he was sober at the time of his death, his wife announced Thursday afternoon.
Painkillers May Halve Risk of Breast Cancer Return in Obese Women: Study

Obese women who have battled breast cancer might halve their chances of a recurrence if they take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly, new research suggests.
FDA Approves New Kind of Insomnia Drug

A new prescription insomnia drug that's the first of its kind was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.
Robin Williams' Death Shines Light on Depression, Substance Abuse

The apparent suicide Monday of Academy Award-winning actor and comic star Robin Williams has refocused public attention on depression, its sometimes link to substance abuse and, in tragic cases, suicide.
Bone Drugs Don't Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds

Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don't appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds.
Doctors May Miss Out on Recommending Aspirin Therapy

Many Americans who might benefit from taking low-dose aspirin every day to prevent heart attack and stroke say they've never been told by their doctors to do so, a new study shows.
Experts Issue Guidelines for Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Newly released guidelines for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and a type of constipation known as chronic idiopathic constipation reveal a number of proven treatments for these two common conditions.
U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts

Drug-related suicide attempts in the United States increased over a recent six-year period, with dramatic increases seen among young and middle-aged adults, health officials reported Thursday.

 

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