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A new study suggests that the 6% to 10% of Americans who use prescription sleep medications such as zolpidem (Ambien), temazepam (Restoril), eszopiclone (Lunesta) and zaleplon (Sonata) are more likely to develop cancer, and far more likely to die...
A new study finds that one the fastest-growing classes of prescription drugs in the United States is linked to shrinkage in the brains of those who take it, raising some new questions about the widening use of antipsychotic medications. Over a...
Los Angeles TimesIn a quest to look younger, be healthier and feel more vital later in life, increasing numbers of men, just like Jeffry Life, are turning to testosterone and human growth hormone. Use of both hormones is controversial. Read on: Testosterone: "Older men ....
Tags: Diabetes, Prostate Cancer, Physical Conditions, Brain, Education
The local popularity of medical marijuana aside, the prescription drug of choice these days seems to be the opioid painkiller. And small wonder. The medications are highly effective in controlling pain -- whether from dental procedures, surgery,...
When your doctor writes you a prescription, that's just between you, your doctor and maybe your health insurance company -- right? Wrong. As things stand now, the pharmaceutical companies that make those prescription drugs are looking over the doctor's...
Booster ShotsThe Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it will require a new black-box warning on the label of the popular anti-clotting drug Plavix to indicate that some patients do not metabolize the drug properly and may receive little benefit......
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAbout a year ago, patients began trooping into the office of UCLA psychiatrist Andrew Leuchter, asking whether an antipsychotic drug called Abilify "might be right for them." Few appeared to be delusional, plagued by hallucinations or suffering fearsome...
Lost jobs and lost careers. Promising businesses in shambles. The college acceptance letter returned to its envelope. This is how President Obama recently described the effect of the tanking economy on ordinary Americans -- and the stresses keeping them...
Tags: Anxiety, Conan O'Brien, Sleep Disorders, Crimes, Social Sciences
Times Staff WriterMembers of Congress on Thursday accused the Food and Drug Administration of suppressing information, for as long as eight years, about the increased risks of suicidal thought and behavior in children and teenagers taking antidepressants. "There is...
Tags: Politics, Joe Barton, Education, Suicide, Science and Technology
Times Staff WriterAgency officials agreed in July 1999 to conduct a fast-track medical review of Lotronex, a pill from Glaxo Wellcome Inc. intended to treat irritable bowel syndrome in women. To justify such accelerated review, the FDA must find that the targeted disease...
Tags: Colon, Death, Illnesses, Constipation, Surgery
Times Staff WriterWhen a hospital psychiatrist prescribed an antidepressant called Serzone for their 15-year-old daughter, Jimmie and Brenda Robinson assumed it was safe. The episode in February 1997 haunts them--Alissa Robinson nearly died while taking Serzone. After...
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