FDA Approves Hard-to-Abuse Narcotic Painkiller

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new formulation of a powerful narcotic painkiller that discourages potential abusers from snorting or injecting the drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, HIV antiretroviral therapy may help control both viruses, a small study suggests.

Antipsychotics Linked to Lower Brain Volume in Schizophrenia Patients

FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antipsychotic drugs are associated with a slight decrease in both brain cells and connections between brain cells in schizophrenia patients, a new study indicates.

Study Finds Many Flu Patients Not Treated Appropriately

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antiviral drugs aren't prescribed often enough for patients at high risk for flu complications, while too many of them receive unneeded antibiotics, a new study says.

Antibiotics Often Prescribed Needlessly for Terminally Ill, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotics are given to many hospice patients, although there's little proof the medicines benefit them, a new study shows.

Could 'Phone Care' Ring in New Approach to Pain Relief?

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Relief for chronic pain may be just a phone call away, according to a new study.

Blood Thinners May Not Be Needed for Kids' Back Surgery

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most children who have spinal surgery don't require anti-clotting drugs because blood clots occur so rarely in these procedures, a new study says.

Spoon Measurements Behind Many Child Drug-Dosing Errors: Study

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using a teaspoon or tablespoon to administer kids' medications can often lead to medication dosing errors, a new study reports.

New Eczema Drug Shows Promise in Early Trials

THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug that scientists hope will relieve the debilitating itching of chronic eczema has shown promising results in early trials.

Breast Cancer Drug May Help Women Fight a Leading Cause of Infertility: Study

WEDNESDAY, July 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with polycystic ovary syndrome have a better chance of getting pregnant if they take a breast cancer drug instead of the currently preferred medication, a new study suggests.