Arthritis Drug Shows Promise for Ulcerative Colitis

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that people with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis who haven't done well on other treatments may find relief with Xeljanz (tofacitinib), a drug currently used to treat arthritis.

Sleeping Pills Boost Danger of Falls, Fractures in Older Users

TUESDAY, May 2, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Falls and resulting hip fractures can prove disabling and even fatal for seniors. And new research suggests the risk of hip fractures rises soon after an older person is prescribed a sleeping pill.

Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Risk for Common Breast Cancer by 20 Percent

MONDAY, May 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Score yet another point for low-dose aspirin: Regularly taking "baby" aspirin appears to protect women from the most common type of breast cancer, new research suggests.

Seniors Often Have Trouble Managing Money, Medicines

FRIDAY, April 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Have you ever wondered when it might be time to step in and help your aging parents manage their finances? Or, their ever-growing list of prescription medications?

Opioid Use by Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets Mirrors Rest of U.S.: Study

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars use opioid painkillers at rates similar to that of the general population, a new study finds.

April 29 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

THURSDAY, April 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- You can safely dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 29.

Ick! Synthetic Mucus Could Battle Dangerous Bugs

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Snot, phlegm and other forms of mucus may not be everyone's favorite subject, but scientists say synthetic mucus might help save lives.

Opioid-Related Deaths Might Be Underestimated: CDC

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- America's prescription drug abuse epidemic may be even more deadly than expected, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

Nursing Home Program Offers Alternatives to Antipsychotic Drugs

THURSDAY, April 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Hoping to cut the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing home residents, researchers tried training staff on new ways to meet the needs of residents with dementia.

Many Heart Attack Patients Fail to Stick With Statins

WEDNESDAY, April 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of powerful statin drugs have been shown to avert future heart problems, including heart attack and stroke. Yet many heart attack patients stop taking these medicines as recommended, a new study reveals.