Genome-Targeted Weight Loss Programs May Become More Effective Than Elusive Magic Pill

    Obesity is a big problem in the United States and a growing problem around the world.  Most people eventually turn to diet, exercise, medication, and/or nutritional supplements to shed excess pounds but these efforts often fail or provide only temporary weight loss.  The much-fantasized magic pill that will make extra pounds simply vanish remains elusive but some of the nation’s leading e ... more »

    Young People 14, 15 at Highest Risk for Prescription Opioid Addiction

    The opioid-based type of prescription pain reliever provides impressive relief from acute short-term pain that can be quite intense after an injury, surgery, or illness but its benefits for long-term chronic pain are questionable.  Many people who take prescription opioids during a medical recovery process continue to use the drug after it is no longer medically advisable.  Others use it ... more »

    Diabetes Drug Could Prevent Preeclampsia

    Preeclampsia is a medical disorder that can only occur during pregnancy.  Symptoms of high blood pressure and protein in the urine after the 20th week of gestation suggest preeclampsia, which, although rare (affecting 5% to 8% of all pregnant women), leads to the death of 100 expectant mothers and 400 fetal deaths every day around the world.  Preeclampsia cannot ... more »

    Psychotherapy Eases IBS Symptoms

    More than 15 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) although many go undiagnosed.  Treatment for this painful gastrointestinal disorder is thought to contribute as much as $1 billion to the national healthcare budget.  People under age 45 are most likely to be diagnosed. ... more »

    Environmental Toxins Produce Drug-Resistant Superbugs In Absence of Antibiotics

    It’s no secret that misuse of antibiotics have led to development of superbugs, disease-causing bacteria that have evolved to be unaffected by antibiotics.  Many antibiotics prescribed for people are lavishly used in the raising of animals for the food supply and this use in animal agriculture also contributes to the development of drug-resistant bacteria. ... more »

    Routine Running May Help Kids Overcome Neurological Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Epilepsy Drugs

      Many women on a long-term drug regimen to treat chronic disease can reduce dosage, change medications, or stop taking the drug in question during pregnancy.  Many women with epilepsy, however, do not have that luxury of options. ... more »

    Embrace Mindful Meditation for Safe, Drug-Free Pain Relief

    No one likes to be in pain and there are many remedies that help stop it to one extent or another.  Many pain relievers, however, might not be safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Meditation enthusiasts often focus their thoughts on pain relief rather than turning to medications but skeptics aren't so quick to try thinking through the pain.  Some people simply require scientif ... more »

    Restore Rather Than Replace Testosterone to Preserve Male Fertility

    Some medications used to treat low testosterone levels are known to cause a reduction in sperm count.  This particular side effect can be especially alarming for men using testosterone replacement therapies, such as topical testosterone gel, as part of a regimen to treat male infertility.  The report of a study recently published in the medical journal, BJU International ... more »

    Newly Discovered Edit Mechanism Identifies Which Eggs Are Too Damaged for Conception

    Many pregnancies end in the very early stages, sometimes even before pregnancy is suspected.  Spontaneous termination is almost always the result of DNA damage too severe to support life. ... more »

    Anti-Inflammatory Medications May Prove Beneficial in Hard-to-Treat Depression

    Many people suffering from depression benefit from antidepressant medications but about one third do not.  A recent study suggests these drug-resistant patients may be experiencing a high level of inflammation in addition to the more standard symptoms of depression.  The study used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to observe how specific areas of the brain interact with each other and com ... more »

    OTC Decongestant Doesn't Work: Researchers Want It Off the Market

    Phenylephrine has not been adequately tested as a decongestant until recently, prompting a team of research scientists to declare it so ineffective they urge the FDA to remove it from market. ... more »

    Multi-Studies Indicate SSRI Use Safe During Pregnancy

    A class of drugs known as SSRIs brings relief to many people experiencing depression and anxiety but some doctors are hesitant to prescribe them for pregnant women. ... more »

    New Owner Raises Toxoplasmosis Drug by 5,000+% Overnight

    Shkreli made headlines around the world after changing the per-pill price of a little-known drug from $13.50 to $750, a price increase of more than 5,000% overnight. ... more »

    World Mourns Loss of Thalidomide Champion Frances Oldham Kelsey, 101

    Dr. Kelsey would change the world of pharmaceuticals, and save the lives of untold thousands of babies around the world. ... more »

    Should Pregnant Women Participate in Medical Research?

    In any pregnancy, there is about a 3 per cent risk of delivering a baby with a birth defect (that's 3 out of every 100 babies born). The vast majority of drugs and vaccines do NOT cause fetal harm ... more »

    Fear of Medication during Pregnancy can be Harmful

    A pregnant woman, I’ll call her Dorie, was concerned about the effect that her asthma medication might have on her unborn baby. ... more »

    Melatonin Not Safe for Children’s Sleep Problems

    An Australian physiologist who’s studied melatonin for 40 years, however, has recently issued a call for caution, especially when it’s given for children’s sleep problems. ... more »

    What is a Pregnancy Registry and Why Should You Be in One?

    A pregnancy registry is a study that gathers information from pregnant women who need to use medications during their pregnancies to improve their birth outcomes. ... more »

    Mom’s Antipsychotic Meds Affect Pregnancy

    When doctors see pregnant patients who take or need to take antipsychotic drugs, they face the dilemma of treating the mother at the risk of the baby or sparing the baby by not treating the mother. ... more »

    NIH: New Drugs Must Be Tested on Both Sexes

    The National Institutes of Health want to see changes made in the way medical researchers in the U.S. conduct scientific studies. At the moment, the vast majority of tests are conducted on males. ... more »

    OTC NSAID Pain-Relievers Show Promise Preventing Recurrent UTIs

    As many as 40% of women who experience a UTI will have recurrent episodes. A recent study suggests prevention of recurrent UTIs could soon be just a store shelf away. ... more »

    Benefits of Antiretroviral Drugs Outweigh Risks During Pregnancy

    The findings of a recent study may quiet concerns that the babies of women who are HIV-positive during pregnancy will be more prone to birth defects if the mother takes antiretroviral drugs. ... more »

    Low-Dose Anti-Anxiety Meds “Rebalanced” Autistic Brains in Clinical Study

    A team of Seattle-based scientists found that the administration of certain anti-anxiety drugs seem to rebalance the autistic brain in ways that make impulse control more effective. ... more »

    Lung Ultrasound Identifies Preeclampsia Respiratory Failure Risk

    Preeclampsia, characterized by high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine, is usually diagnosed after week 32 but, in some cases, symptoms appear as early as week 20. ... more »

    Daily Baby Aspirin Could Lower Preeclampsia Risk

    To reduce preeclampsia, a new study recommends certain pregnant women be routinely prescribed a regimen of one 81-milligram of aspirin — a baby aspirin — beginning at the 12th week of pregnancy. ... more »

    Malaria Drug Enables Woman to Have Baby After 20 Miscarriages

    Kelly Moseley was determined to become a mother. She'd had 20 miscarriages over a 10 year period and has now given birth thanks to new findings. ... more »

    Many Commonly Used Prescription, OTC Drugs Are Lethal to Small Children

    We don't know how many commonly used prescription and over-the-counter drugs in use today are safe during pregnancy, nursing, and childhood but we do know many are lethal to small children. ... more »

    Acetaminophen, Tylenol During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Baby’s ADHD

    The general perception has been that it's OK to take Tylenol during pregnancy but a recent study of Danish mothers and their children suggests some rethinking may be in order. ... more »

    Celebrity Wife Danielle Jonas Talks Pregnancy, Anxiety, and What To Do About It

    Danielle Jonas rose to fame in 2009 when she married Kevin, the oldest of the three Jonas Brothers; she talk about juggling everything while preparing for the arrival of their first child. ... more »

    Antidepressants During Pregnancy Raises Risk of Newborn Lung Complication

    A recent study indicates there is a small but increased risk of a particular lung condition the infant may develop when its mother takes an SSRI during the late stages of pregnancy. ... more »

    Experience of Acupuncture Eases Cancer Drugs’ Side Effects

    The results of a recent clinical trial may offer the hope of relief from the distresses of cancer drugs by the experience of acupuncture. ... more »

    ADHD: Real Diagnosis or Provocative Sales Pitch?

    It's been more than 50 years since Dr. Keith Conners first started hiscampaign to convince other doctors and parents that the 'bad seed' kidmay actually suffer a neurological disorder. His message was heard andnow he regrets it. ... more »

    Prenatal Exposure to Glucocorticoids May Increase Risk of Mental Health Issues in Offspring

    Obstetricians commonly administer a certain steroid to pregnant women expected to give birth prematurely, but a new study shows this medication may increase the child's risk for behavioral and emotional problems later in life. ... more »

    Antidepressant Medication During Pregnancy Does Not Increase Autism Risk

    There does not appear to be a connection between taking antidepressant medication and the risk of autism, according to a new study that could not find evidence of an association between the two. ... more »

    Mom’s Immunosuppressant Drugs During First Trimester Safe for Baby

    A recently published paper from medical researchers at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, indicates there is no significant risk associated with some of the most commonly prescribed immunosuppressants and adverse outcomes on fetal development. ... more »

    Fertility Medications Overview

    Infertility is one of the most complex medical specialties. It comes with a language all its own. It comes with an array of medicines all its own, too. ... more »

    Metoclopramide (Reglan) for Morning Sickness: Feel Good, No Worries

    Morning sickness is a classic symptom of early pregnancy, often unpleasant but mild and clearing up on its own by the end of the first trimester. Sometimes, though, nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy are severe, lingering long after the first trimester. ... more »

    Common Drugs That Cause Pregnancy Problems

    According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, women who take non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during the early stages of pregnancy are more than two times more likely to miscarriage. ... more »

    Letrozole Superior to HRT in Frozen-thawed Embryo Transfer (FET)

    Letrozole, a prescription medication commonly used to suppress estrogen in women with hormone-responsive breast cancer, may prove beneficial for women undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET), according to researchers. ... more »

    OTC Antihistamines - Good For You, Good For baby?

    Antihistamines purchased over the counter (OTC) as well as those thatrequire prescriptions have become so commonplace in the averageAmerican's family medicine cabinet that they are often taken forgranted. ... more »

    Lung Cancer Drug Could Help Women with Ectopic Pregnancies

    A study performed by researchers based at the University of Edinburgh and the University in Melbourne has found a common lung cancer drug can help women with ectopic pregnancies. ... more »