Text Messages May Prompt People to Take Their Meds

TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) - When patients with chronic diseases get text reminders from their doctor's office to take their medicines, it doubles the chances they will take those drugs as prescribed, a new analysis finds.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines a Danger to Patients: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists continue to debate when doctors should prescribe blood pressure medication for older Americans, with a new study saying delayed treatment puts people at greater risk of stroke.

Painkillers Don't Ease Disability Due to Nerve Damage: Study

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Taking prescription narcotic painkillers doesn't improve movement or reduce disability in people with pain related to nerve damage, researchers have found.

Resistance to HIV Drug Growing, Study Finds

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- HIV resistance to the antiretroviral drug tenofovir (Viread) is increasingly common, a new study finds.

MS Drug Tied to Higher Risk for Potentially Deadly Brain Virus

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People with multiple sclerosis who are treated with the drug Tysabri (natalizumab) may have up to a 10 times greater risk for a rare and potentially deadly viral infection, a new study finds.

New Kidney Transplant Drug Cuts Risk of Earlier Death: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A newer drug used for preventing organ rejection might improve the long-term outlook for kidney transplant recipients, a new study finds.

Many Chronic Pain Sufferers May Overuse Nonprescription Painkillers

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Many people with chronic pain ignore dosing instructions on over-the-counter pain medicines and put themselves at risk for an overdose, a new survey suggests.

Cystic Fibrosis Drug Seems OK for Preschoolers: Study

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The cystic fibrosis drug ivacaftor appears safe and effective for young children, a drug company-funded study suggests.

Majority of Americans Wants Medicare to Cover Obesity Treatments

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans believe Medicare should cover approved medicines to treat obesity, a new survey shows.

New IBS Drug Eases Stomach Pain and Diarrhea for Some: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new drug for irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea seems to reduce symptoms for some patients for at least six months, two clinical trials found.