Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report.

Updated Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines Issued

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- An updated guideline adds two new types of drugs to the list of treatment options for heart failure.

Newer Drugs Helping Older People With Eye Disease

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- New medications are boosting quality of life for many older people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study indicates.

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Bladder Cancer

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug to treat bladder cancer was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday.

Melanoma Drug Boosting Survival for Many, Study Shows

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug for advanced melanoma is dramatically shifting the odds in favor of patients, extending survival for many and even curing some.

Aspirin After Mini-Stroke May Help Prevent Full-Blown Stroke

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking aspirin immediately after a mini-stroke significantly reduces the risk of a major stroke, a new study suggests.

Pain, Epilepsy Drug Lyrica May Increase Birth Defects Risk, Study Suggests

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The widely prescribed drug pregabalin (Lyrica) may slightly increase the risk for birth defects, a new study suggests.

Drug Protects Lung Function in Kids With Sickle Cell: Study

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children with sickle cell disease may breathe easier when they're given hydroxyurea -- an effective, but underused, drug for the disease, new research suggests.

Parents Often Don't Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand.

Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain may be a major driver behind the recent surge in addiction to prescription painkillers, a new survey finds.