Drugs commonly taken to improve cognition only boost short-term focus – at high cost

The use of prescription stimulants by those without medically diagnosed conditions marks a growing trend among young adults—particularly college students seeking a brain boost. But according to a study led by the University of California, Irvine, taking a nonprescribed psychostimulant may slightly improve a person’s short-term focus but impede sleep Continue Reading

Better, safer, less expensive than drugs: Scientists say vitamin D could replace your meds, prevent and even reverse disease

When it comes to heart health, there are a few factors that commonly spring to mind, like eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. However, it turns out that one of the less-obvious approaches to heart health could be the best one: getting more sunlight. According to a Continue Reading

Physicians receiving industry money are more likely to prescribe brand-name drugs

Use of a class of pain drugs called gabapentinoids has increased more than three-fold between 2002 and 2015. Gabapentinoids treat epilepsy, burning pain and neuropathic pain associated with diabetes, fibromyalgia, anxiety and restless legs syndrome. However, the drug has also been recently linked to suicidal behavior and overdose. A study Continue Reading

Physicians receiving industry money are more likely to prescribe brand-name drugs

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Use of a class of pain drugs called gabapentinoids has increased more than three-fold between 2002 and 2015. Gabapentinoids treat epilepsy, burning pain and neuropathic pain associated with diabetes, fibromyalgia, anxiety and restless legs syndrome. However, the drug has also been recently linked to suicidal behavior Continue Reading

Curcumin, when given in combination with drugs for lung cancer, reduces drug resistance, increasing their effectiveness

Shortness of breath, a hoarse voice, and persistent cough are warning signs you shouldn’t ignore. They’re the most common signs of lung cancer, the second leading type of the disease in the U.S. Patients may acquire resistance to anti-cancer drugs after an average survival period of seven to nine months. Continue Reading

Confirmed: Hormone replacement drugs, pushed heavily by doctors and pharma, found to accelerate the growth of breast cancer cells

Hormone replacement therapy is often touted for any number of things; these kinds of drugs are often given to women under the guise of reducing heart disease risk and minimizing the effects of menopause, for example. But are they really safe? While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) first gained popularity for Continue Reading

Scientists unable to find any proof that cancer drugs improve or extend life, prompting them to demand evidence before approval

Many people would be surprised by how few medications are truly effective, with popular medications like antidepressants and statins having very poor records when it comes to actually solving the medical problems they are designed to address. In the latest disappointing news in this regard, a recent study published in Continue Reading