Plans for the manufacture and sale of hydrocodone pills five to 10 times more potent than is now available is a warning sign of an escalation of what we might call the "prescription opiate arms race" among pharmaceutical companies.
Scientists believe that people can get stuck in repeating cycles, in which failure to lose weight impairs psychological functioning, which in turn increases the risk of more failure. Even a quick and simple intervention may have the power to disrupt this destructive cycle.
There's some important news for millions of people -- most of them women -- who suffer from the syndrome fibromyalgia: A new study suggests that sleep deprivation is associated with an increased risk of developing fibromyalgia.
Last week, I joined officials from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Department of Health and Human Services to announce the results of the largest annual survey on youth drug use in America.
Bayer launched Yaz in 2006 as a pill that goes "beyond birth control" to treat acne and severe PMS, all the while avoiding the water retention of traditional birth control pills. But soon, previously-healthy teenagers experienced "beyond birth control" effects they hadn't expected.
It used to be joked that a consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you what time it is. These days, the opportunist is Big Pharma, which raises your insurance premiums and taxes while providing you "low-priced" drugs that you paid for.
The recently-reported decline in teen pregnancy can be linked almost exclusively to improvements in teens' contraceptive use, according to new data from a major government study, the CDC's National Survey of Family Growth.
Until now, there has not been a single place where interested individuals across multiple sectors could convene to discuss ideas about how to improve nutrition among SNAP beneficiaries. Launched today, the SNAP to Health website will do just that.
Without saying the "p" word -- psychology -- the Veterans Health Administration has turned to integrative health approaches to address health challenges that run the gamut from post-traumatic stress disorder and physical disabilities to divorce, brain injury and suicide.
The reality about foster children and medication is far more complicated than it appears in the political theater of a congressional hearing, or in television news shots of sad-looking, adorable kids set to tug-at-your-heartstrings music.
It's been known for some time that our heightened vigilance can trigger a biological response as well. We're heading into flu season now, so we're primed to be circumspect, and this in turn puts the body's disease-fighting cells on high alert. But does it also work the other way around?
While some negative outcomes have nothing to do with patient expectations (adverse events are known risks with all treatments), the "nocebo effect" is especially pernicious because it can contaminate good care and is preventable.
For decades, industries have opposed laws, rules and even basic consumer information that have made us all healthier. At every step they predict disaster but, in fact, they respond with new ideas and innovations, and we all benefit.
The c-section rate in the U.S. actually declined in 2010 from the previous year (from 32.9 percent to 32.8 percent) for the first time in a decade, and the preterm birth rate dropped for the fourth straight year to 12 percent.