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Opioid Makers' Perks to Docs Tied to More Prescriptions

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who accept perks from companies that make opioid painkillers are more likely to prescribe the drugs for their patients, new research suggests.

Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates.

Babies Given Certain Meds May Have Higher Odds for Allergies Later

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Babies who are given antacids or antibiotics during their first 6 months of life may have a sharply higher risk for allergies or asthma, a large new study warns.

Could Medical Pot Help Curb the Opioid Abuse Crisis?

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Medical marijuana could help quell the ongoing opioid epidemic, a pair of new studies contends.

A Light Breakfast Might Cut Cost of Pricey Prostate Cancer Drug

WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Here's one way to cut the cost of a $10,000-a-month prostate cancer drug: Take it with food, some researchers suggest.

Heartburn Meds Not Tied to Hip Fractures in Alzheimer's Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term use of acid-blocking heartburn drugs, such as Nexium and Prilosec, does not increase the risk for hip fractures in people with Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds.

Cutting Co-Pays Helps Heart Patients Take Their Meds

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People who've had a heart attack are more likely to be prescribed and take recommended blood-thinning drugs if they get vouchers to waive their co-payments, a new study shows.

Three-in-One Pill Shows Promise in Beating High Blood Pressure

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A pill that combines three blood pressure-lowering drugs improves people's chances of lowering their high blood pressure, researchers report.

Presidential Panel Says High-Priced Cancer Drugs Harm Patient Care

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- "Financial toxicity" caused by high cancer drug prices is harming people's ability to fight the dreaded disease, a new report from the President's Cancer Panel warns.

Certain Teens More Likely to Get Hooked on Opioids

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid, a new study finds.

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