FDA Approves Drug for Advanced Thyroid Cancer

FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new drug to treat progressive thyroid cancer that continues to worsen despite radioactive iodine therapy.

New Drug May Slow Recurrent Thyroid Cancer, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new thyroid cancer drug can delay the progression of the disease almost five times longer than a placebo in people with recurring cancer, according to results from a new clinical trial.

Big Increase Seen in Babies Born Addicted to Narcotics

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There was a 15-fold increase in the number of newborns experiencing opioid withdrawal in the Canadian province of Ontario between 1992 and 2011, researchers report.

Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis shows that people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or die early when they take blood pressure medications -- even if they don't actually have high blood pressure.

Smokers May Get Less Benefit From Drugs for Arthritic Back Pain

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking may hamper the effects of certain drugs used to treat inflammatory arthritis in the lower back, a new study from Switzerland says.

Problems Spotted in Clinical Trials Can Go Unreported, Study Says

MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Medical journals and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rarely report violations of scientific conduct that federal regulators unearth during spot inspections of clinical trials, a new analysis shows.

No Link Seen Between Oxytocin-Assisted Labor and ADHD

M0NDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mothers who get an extra boost during labor with the medication oxytocin don't face a higher risk of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says.

Newly Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure? 3 Factors Affect Prognosis

THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Prompt and intense treatment at the first signs of high blood pressure appears key to preventing heart attacks, strokes and early death, according to a new study.

FDA Approves New Breast Cancer Drug

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat postmenopausal women with advanced breast cancer has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Better Contraceptive Knowledge Can Aid in Safe Use of Acne Drug: Study

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects.