| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Doctors are fueling the epidemic of prescription drug addiction and overdose and represent the single largest supplier of these drugs to chronic abusers, according to a government study published Monday.
The finding challenges the conventional wisdom...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 7:06 PM
A vegetarian diet may help lower blood pressure, researchers who reviewed data from 39 previous studies said Monday.
The researchers suggested that a vegetarian diet could be an alternative to drugs for people whose blood pressure is too high -- a...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON — CVS Caremark, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain, plans to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products at its more than 7,600 retail stores by Oct. 1, a landmark decision that would make it the first national...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:11 PM
CVS Caremark Corp.'s imminent exit from the cigarette and tobacco business — an unprecedented move for a major pharmacy company — is being cheered by many medical professionals and lawmakers as a triumph of corporate responsibility over the...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 3:15 PM
Men over 65, as well as younger men with diagnosed heart disease, were at least twice as likely to have non-fatal heart attacks in the 90 days after they were prescribed testosterone medication than were men of the same age and health status who did not...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 2:32 PM
Both the American Medical Assn. and the American Academy of Pediatrics advise doctors to talk to their teenage patients about sex, but discussions about sexual feelings and health occurred in only 65% of the checkups analyzed in a new study.
| Jan 7, 2014
| 10:43 PM
Despite a steep drop in the number of smokers in the United States over the last three decades, researchers say that cigarettes remain a growth industry for the rest of the world because of expanding population.
In a package of studies published...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 3:10 PM
Mindfulness meditation can help ease anxiety, depression and pain, but scientists found little evidence that meditation helped other conditions including substance abuse or sleep and attention problems.
The scientists, reporting Monday in the Journal of...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 6:47 PM
Experts are urging doctors to ease up on using medications to control blood pressure in older patients. Rather than aim for a target blood pressure of 140/90 mm Hg, the target will be relaxed slightly to 150/90 mm Hg, according to new guidelines issued...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 1:40 PM
Pregnant peanut lovers can celebrate, perhaps with a PB&J snack: A study out Monday shows an association between pregnant women who ate the most peanuts and tree nuts and children with a decreased risk of allergy.
Women had been advised to avoid peanuts...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 5:00 PM
In 2014, I am going to read "War and Peace" again, cut out added sugar and recommit to meditating at least 20 minutes every day.
In truth, by June, I am likely to have only started Tolstoy's tome, consumed less sugar — and paid attention when I do...