Aspirin's Ability to Prevent Colon Cancer May Depend on Your Genes

WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Aspirin seems to halve the risk of colon cancer in people with high levels of a genetic enzyme found in the colon, a new study says.

Glaucoma Drug May Help Reverse Obesity-Related Vision Loss

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A drug used to treat glaucoma eye disease can also help people with vision loss linked to obesity, a new study reveals.

Certain Type of Brain Malformation May Be Best Left Alone

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the brain may be less likely to suffer a stroke or die if they don't undergo any procedures to correct the problem, new research suggests.

Two Drugs Work Equally Well for Epileptic Seizures in Kids: Study

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers comparing two drugs used to treat epileptic seizures in children -- lorazepam (Ativan) and diazepam (Valium) -- found no difference between them in safety or effectiveness.

Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study says.

Free Drug Samples for Doctors Might Prove Costly for Patients

WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Dermatologists who receive free drug samples are more likely to give their patients prescriptions for expensive medicines, a new study says.

Taking Blood Thinners With Certain Painkillers May Raise Bleeding Risk

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People taking blood thinners to prevent clots in their legs or lungs may put themselves at risk for serious internal bleeding if they also take common painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, researchers warn.

Study Ties Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy to Autism Risk in Boys

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Boys with autism were three times more likely to have been exposed to antidepressants known as SSRIs in the womb than typically developing children, according to new research.

Protecting Children From Poison Emergencies

SATURDAY, April 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 1.2 million American children under the age of 6 swallow or come into contact with poisonous substances each year.

Report Questions Effectiveness of Flu Meds

THURSDAY, April 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- No evidence exists to show that anti-flu medicines stockpiled by countries around the world protect people from the spread of flu or reduce related hospitalizations and complications, a new analysis contends.