New Cholesterol Drugs May Beat Statins, But Price Tag Is High

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Two different injectable drugs can lower cholesterol levels even further than statins do, potentially warding off future heart attacks or strokes, new research suggests.

Are Blood Thinners Overused in Patients With Irregular Heartbeat?

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Many people living with the heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation may be taking unneeded blood thinners, a new study suggests.

Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests.

Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Mixing opioid painkillers with common anxiety and sleep medications is a prescription for a deadly overdose, a new U.S. study shows.

Many People Don't Take Their High Blood Pressure Meds: Study

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Only 20 percent of patients seeking care for stubborn high blood pressure take all the medicine they're supposed to, a new Dutch study finds.

How Much Melatonin Is Really in That Supplement?

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you take melatonin supplements to help you nod off, take note: Many brands are inaccurately labeled, containing much less -- or much more -- of the sleep hormone than indicated, a new study reports.

Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy: Study

WEDNESDAY, March 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Taking antiviral drugs to prevent or treat flu during pregnancy doesn't appear to put the health of the fetus at risk, a new study finds.

What Guides Docs' Sleeping Pill Picks? 'Same Old Same Old,' Study Says

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to sleeping pill prescriptions, doctors often stick to the same old routine, a new study suggests.

Study Tracks Bleeding Risk From Common Blood Thinners

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood thinners can help prevent dangerous clots, but they also come with risks for excess bleeding.

Government Funding Could Save Canadians $4 Billion on Medicines

MONDAY, Feb. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new report suggests that Canada would reap savings of more than $4 billion a year if the government funded nearly 120 types of "essential" medications.