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  • Drug No Better Than Placebo for Lower Back, Leg Pain

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Drug No Better Than Placebo for Lower Back, Leg Pain WEDNESDAY, March 22, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The widely prescribed pain drug pregabalin (brand name: Lyrica) may be no better than a placebo when it comes to treating the back and leg pain known as sciatica, a new clinical trial suggests. The study, published March 22 in the New England Journal of Medicine , found that sciatica patients improved to the same degree whether they were given pregabalin or placebo capsules. Sciatica refers to pain that ra...

  • Daily Glass of Beer, Wine Might Do a Heart Good

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Daily Glass of Beer, Wine Might Do a Heart Good THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a drink each day may help protect a person's heart against disease, a large-scale study suggests. But don't bend that elbow too often: drinking to excess can increase your risk for a variety of heart problems, the study also showed. Researchers tracked more than 1.9 million healthy British adults and found that having the occasional drink was tied to reductions in the risk of heart attack, sudden heart de...

  • Dupixent Approved to Treat Eczema

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Dupixent Approved to Treat Eczema TUESDAY, March 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Dupixent (dupilumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat moderate-to-severe eczema that isn't well controlled by topical medication. Eczema, medically called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic disease that causes inflammation of the skin, leading to red, scaly patches. The patches of itchy skin -- when scratched -- can lead to swelling, cracking skin that leaks fluid, the FDA said Tuesday in a news...

  • Drugs for Prostate Trouble, Balding Not Linked to Suicide Risk

    Posted: 03/28/2017

    Drugs for Prostate Trouble, Balding Not Linked to Suicide Risk MONDAY, March 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Drugs used to treat enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness may raise an older man's risk of depression and self-harm, but not their risk of suicide, a new study finds. The study focused on a class of medications called 5a- reductase inhibitors (5ARIs), which include widely used drugs for male pattern baldness, such as Propecia, and Proscar, used to fight an enlarged prostate gland. Researchers ...

  • Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study

    Posted: 03/27/2017

    Drinking, Drug Abuse Doubles Veterans' Suicide Risk: Study FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans with substance abuse problems have a higher risk of suicide than veterans who don't, new research suggests. The study looked at more than 4 million veterans, and found that drug or alcohol problems affected 8 percent of males and 3 percent of females. These veterans had a more than twofold increased risk of suicide compared with those without a substance use disorder. The suicide rate was ...

  • Dizzy Spells in Middle-Age Tied to Dementia Risk Later

    Posted: 03/20/2017

    Dizzy Spells in Middle-Age Tied to Dementia Risk Later FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults who get dizzy when they stand due to a temporary drop in blood pressure may be at increased risk for dementia when they're older, new research suggests. These episodes of sudden low blood pressure -- called orthostatic hypotension -- may leave lasting damage due to reduced blood flow to the brain, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the stu...

  • Downside to Gluten-Free Diets: Diabetes Risk?

    Posted: 03/19/2017

    Downside to Gluten-Free Diets: Diabetes Risk? THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- "Gluten-free" may be the latest diet fad, but new research casts some doubt on its presumed health benefits. In a large study of U.S. health professionals, scientists found that those with the least gluten in their diets actually had a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades. The findings do not prove that a low-gluten diet somehow contributes to diabetes. But the study raises question...

  • Depression May Hasten Death in Years After Heart Diagnosis

    Posted: 03/16/2017

    Depression May Hasten Death in Years After Heart Diagnosis WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who subsequently develop depression may be about twice as likely to die over the next 10 years as those without mental health troubles, a new study suggests. Depression -- which is common after a heart diagnosis -- appears to be a greater predictor of death than the type of heart disease, smoking, diabetes status or even age, the researchers said. Although the findings don't prove that ...

  • Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds

    Posted: 03/14/2017

    Disabled Kids at Higher Risk of Abuse, Study Finds MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children with certain mental or behavioral disorders are at increased risk of abuse or neglect, a new study suggests. The findings add to evidence that children with disabilities face higher abuse risks. But they also suggest those risks vary depending on the type of disorder a child has. "We've known for years that children with disabilities have an increased risk of abuse," said Dr. Vincent Palusci, a pediatri...

  • Dining Out Can Doom a Diet

    Posted: 03/14/2017

    Dining Out Can Doom a Diet TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Sticking to a diet is tough enough, but eating out with friends or family may up the odds of cheating by about 60 percent, a new study suggests. "When you're in a restaurant, you're probably more vulnerable than you think you are," said study author Lora Burke, a professor of nursing at University of Pittsburgh. "Whenever you're in a high-risk situation, you could easily eat beyond what you'd planned to," she added. More than 70 perce...