Doctors' Group Urges Tighter Controls on Prescription Painkillers
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Abuse of narcotic painkillers and other prescription drugs is a growing problem in the United States, and a leading doctors' group is urging members to exercise tighter control on the medications.
Bigger Breasts, Lack of Exercise Tied to Breast Cancer Mortality
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- If a woman develops breast cancer, having larger breasts and being sedentary might increase her risk of dying from the disease, a large, long-term study suggests.
Pot Smoking in Pregnancy Tied to Stillbirth Risk
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant mothers who smoke marijuana may triple their risk for a stillbirth, a new study suggests.
Many Lung Cancer Tumors May Prove Harmless, Study Finds
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who have a CT scan to check for lung cancer stand a nearly one-in-five chance that doctors will find and potentially treat a tumor that would not have caused illness or death, researchers report.
Drug Labels Still Lack Infant Info, Study Finds
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Drug labels often lack infant-specific information, despite U.S. government legislation encouraging drug studies involving children, a new study finds.
Quit-Smoking Products Won't Harm the Heart, Review Finds
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- There's good news for people trying to quit smoking: Aids such as nicotine gums and patches or smoking cessation drugs such as Chantix won't harm the heart.
Coverage of Boston Bombings Unnerved Many: Study
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that immersing yourself in news of a shocking and tragic event may not be good for your emotional health.
Viagra for Menstrual Cramps?
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Women dealing with painful menstrual cramps may receive relief from an unexpected source -- the erectile dysfunction medication normally found in their husbands' little blue pills.
Your Contact Lens Might Someday Dispense Eye Drugs
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Contact lenses that deliver glaucoma medication over long periods are getting closer to reality, say researchers working with laboratory animals.
OxyContin Tops List of Abused Prescription Drugs: Survey
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Oxycodone -- the active ingredient in OxyContin -- and hydrocodone are the most popular drugs among Americans who abuse prescription painkillers, a new study finds.
Early Puberty in Girls Might Be Linked to Bad Behavior
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Girls who hit puberty early might be more likely than their peers to get into fights or skip school, a new study suggests.
Rise in U.S. High Chair Injuries Stuns Experts
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Young children are
falling out of high chairs at alarming rates, according to a new
safety study that found high chair accidents increased 22 percent
between 2003 and 2010.
Kids' Liver Transplant Success Varies by Race, Research Shows
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- White children in the
United States have higher liver transplant survival rates than
blacks and other minority children, a new study finds.
Sovaldi Approved for Chronic Hepatitis C
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Sovaldi (sofosbuvir)
has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat
chronic infection with Hepatitis C. It's considered a breakthrough
medication since it's the first such drug that does not require
same-time administration of interferon, the agency said in a news
Kids Who See Movie Violence Also See Smoking, Drinking, Sex: Study
MONDAY, Dec. 9, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Violent movie
characters are also likely to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes and
engage in sexual behavior in films rated appropriate for children
over 12, according to a new study.
Health Highlights: Dec. 9, 2013
Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Health Tip: Caring for Someone With Cancer
(HealthDay News) -- When you're caring for someone with cancer,
managing many medications can feel like a juggling act.
Health Tip: Exercising With Arthritis
(HealthDay News) -- Exercise can help ease the pain and
discomfort of arthritis, but it may be easier to get active at
certain times of day when your arthritis isn't flaring.
Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Leukemia, Other Blood Cancers
SUNDAY, Dec. 8, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Preliminary research
shows that gene therapy might one day be a powerful weapon against
leukemia and other blood cancers.