Herceptin Best for Certain Breast Cancer Patients, Study Says

TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Herceptin is the best drug treatment for a type of breast cancer called HER2-positive and should remain the standard of care for that type of tumor, according to new findings from a long-term clinical trial.

Doctors' Group Issues Painkiller Guidelines

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain and fibromyalgia, a new statement from the American Academy of Neurology says.

Drug Gives Big Survival Boost Against Type of Advanced Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Perjeta to a standard medication, Herceptin, may give women with a form of advanced breast cancer a significant boost in survival, a new study finds.

Behavioral Therapy Deemed Best for Social Phobia

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressants are commonly used to treat social phobia, but a new report argues that "talk therapy" is the better first option.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Set for Saturday

FRIDAY, Sept. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held Saturday at more than 5,200 sites across the United States, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration says.

Many Kids With ADHD May Be Missing Out on Talk Therapy

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only one of four American children who has health insurance and has been prescribed medication to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also receives some form of talk therapy, according to a new study.

Common Painkillers Tied to Blood Clot Risk, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who use painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) -- which include aspirin, naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) -- may be at increased risk for potentially deadly blood clots, a new study suggests.

Kids Taking ADHD Drugs Get Little Psychotherapy: Study

TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few children who take medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also undergo behavioral therapy, and the rates vary six-fold across counties in the United States, a new study finds.

Diabetes Drug Metformin May Affect Thyroid in Some Patients

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Metformin, a drug commonly used to treat diabetes, may raise the risk of low levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) among patients with an underactive thyroid, a new study suggests.

Tight Blood Sugar Control Doesn't Prevent Strokes in Diabetics: Study

FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A six-year study of people with type 2 diabetes found that intensively lowering blood pressure had a long-lasting effect in preventing heart attacks, strokes and deaths. But intensive blood sugar control didn't produce those benefits, the researchers found.