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Quick Hits: Questions About Synthroid, Bogus Cancer Treatments & National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 27, 2017
Quick Hits: Questions About Synthroid, Bogus Cancer Treatments & National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Synthroid not effective in those with subclinical hypothyroidism and FDA warns companies on bogus cancer therapy claims.

Illicit Cannabis Use Rises More in States with Medical Marijuana Laws

April 26, 2017
Illicit Cannabis Use Rises More in States with Medical Marijuana Laws

States that passed medical marijuana laws saw rates of illegal marijuana use and cannabis dependence rise more than states without such laws.

Epilepsy, Bipolar Drug Further Linked to Birth Defects

April 25, 2017
Epilepsy, Bipolar Drug Further Linked to Birth Defects

Valproate has been linked to more than 4,000 children born with birth defects in France.

Cutting the Use of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

April 24, 2017
Cutting the Use of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

Training nursing home staff to understand certain behaviors in patients can help reduce the use of antipsychotics.

Quick Hits: Corticosteroids Ineffective for Sore Throat, FDA Declines Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment & More

April 20, 2017
Quick Hits: Questions About Synthroid, Bogus Cancer Treatments & National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Oral corticosteroids aren’t very useful for sore throat and FDA wants more data on new rheumatoid arthritis drug.

Should Common OTC Painkillers Require a Prescription?

April 19, 2017
Should Common OTC Painkillers Require a Prescription?

Many of the most popular over-the-counter painkillers have a risk for serious side effects, which is why a group of Danish researchers is saying a prescription should be required for them.

New Studies Find No Link Between Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy and Autism, ADHD Risk

April 18, 2017
New Studies Find No Link Between Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy and Autism, ADHD Risk

Two new studies are casting doubt on prior research that claimed taking antidepressants in pregnancy can lead to autism or ADHD in offspring.