Medications News

Painkiller Addiction Up Risk of Birth Defects

January 23rd, 2015
As painkiller (opioid) abuse permeates our country, many are unaware that medications such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or morphine may increase the risk for serious birth defects. Prescription opioid-based medications are used to treat severe pain and are easily abused. Their use may ...

Walnuts May Improve Memory

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggest the simple act of eating a handful of walnuts a day may improve your memory. Dr. Lenore Arab from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that eating walnuts may improve performance on ...

Methadone for Pain More Dangerous Than Morphine

January 21st, 2015
Taking prescribed methadone as a treatment for pain at home carries a 46 percent greater risk for death than morphine SR (sustained release), an equally effective but more expensive pain reliever, according to a new study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. As a ...

Nicotine Metabolism May Show Best Route to Quit

January 20th, 2015
If you are trying to quit smoking, knowing the rate at which your body metabolizes nicotine may be the key to success, according to new research from the University of Toronto. The study findings may eventually lead to personalized cessation treatments which ...

Alcohol & Many Medications Make A Risky Mix

January 19th, 2015
A new study finds that almost 42 percent of U.S. drinkers have also used one or more prescription medications that interact with alcohol -- everything from blood pressure medications to diabetes drugs to antidepressants. Although 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol, little is known ...

Partner Therapy Expedites Treatment for STDs

January 19th, 2015
A new public health initiative in Washington State, called expedited partner therapy (EPT), shows promise in reducing curable sexually transmitted illnesses. EPT is the clinical practice of treating the sex partners of patients by providing prescriptions or medications to the patient to take ...

Many Prisoners Suffer From Untreated Mental Illness

January 17th, 2015
Many individuals in state and federal prisons who suffer from mental illness get no treatment, according to new research by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The study is published in American Journal of Public ...

Little Evidence Opioid Drugs Work for Chronic Pain

January 17th, 2015
New research has found little to no evidence that opioid drugs are effective for long-term chronic pain, despite explosive growth in their use, according to a new paper released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The findings reveal that many of the ...

Brain Tissue Thickness, Inflammation Tied to Psychosis

January 15th, 2015
A new neuroimaging study finds that as an individual develops psychosis the thickness of brain tissue lessens. The finding comes from a study of a large group of high risk young adults living at multiple sites. Psychosis typically develops during the transition from adolescence ...

Insulin Nasal Spray Shows Early Promise as Memory Treatment

January 10th, 2015
A new study shows that a man-made form of insulin delivered by nasal spray may improve working memory and more in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. For the study, 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild ...