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Few RA clinical trials compare one drug to another

To test whether a new drug is an improvement over existing treatments, the ideal clinical trial would compare the medications...

FDA approves BTG's drug for cancer toxicity

U.S. health regulators gave the nod on Tuesday to a drug from British specialty drugmaker BTG Plc that helps cancer patients...

Heart disease more likely in people with psoriasis

People who suffer from psoriasis may want to pay extra attention to heart risks, according to a new study that found they...

Aspirin guidelines need overhaul, researchers say

Healthy people shouldn't be taking aspirin to prevent heart disease, researchers say in a new report that casts doubt on...

FDA warns docs on wart remover and eye salve mix-ups

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned healthcare workers on Wednesday to be careful when using two similarly named...

Elite athletes at greater risk for arthritis

Elite male athletes who participate in high-contact sports like football, soccer and rugby have a higher risk of developing...

Rare birth defects tied to mom's painkiller use

Women who take over-the-counter painkillers during early pregnancy have a slightly higher risk of having babies with certain...

More older Americans have knee pain, replacement

Older Americans are increasingly complaining of aching knees, and getting those knees replaced, even though X-ray evidence...

Aspirin not worth risks for healthy women: study

Aspirin is a bad bargain for healthy women trying to stave off heart attacks or strokes, although it's commonly used for...

Merck to pay $950 mln to settle US Vioxx charge

Merck & Co will pay roughly $950 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it promoted the painkiller Vioxx for an...

Talk therapy by phone may ease fibromyalgia: study

Talk therapy done over the phone helped some people suffering chronic fibromyalgia-related pain to feel better in a study...

Aspirin slashes hereditary cancer risk in UK study

Taking two aspirin a day for two years reduces the long-term risk of bowel cancer in people with a family history of the...

EU starts new probe into painkillers' heart risks

Europe's drugs regulator is launching a new review of the safety of common painkillers in light of fresh evidence about possible...

Stiff ankles tied to young athletes' painful knees

Young basketball and volleyball players' chances of developing a painful condition called jumper's knee may hinge on how...

Nobel prizewinner dies before announcement

A scientist who won the Nobel prize for medicine on Monday for work on fighting cancer died of the disease himself just three...

Nobel medicine prize honours work on body's defences

Three scientists who unlocked secrets of the body's immune system, opening doors to new vaccines and cancer treatments, won...

Novartis drug helps in serious childhood arthritis

Patients with the most serious form of childhood arthritis can get substantial symptom relief from a Novartis drug, researchers...

Despite risk, some with kidney disease use NSAIDs

Despite advice that people with kidney disease avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a new study suggests...

More painkiller use linked to kidney cancer

People who regularly take painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen may be at higher risk of kidney cancer, according to...

Mutant genes found for asthma, point to possible therapy

A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could help asthma patients, scientists said on Friday, as they identified two mutant...

Common painkillers tied to miscarriage risk

Women who use common painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen early in pregnancy may have an increased risk of miscarriage,...

No major heart risk seen in new psoriasis drugs

A new, highly effective class of psoriasis drugs did not appear to raise the risk of heart problems in a review of published...

DePuy's handling of hip recall sparks questions

Johnson & Johnson, which could face billions of dollars in costs over an artificial hip recall, is taking an unusual approach...

No evidence aspirin boosts IVF success: study

Women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are often told that a daily aspirin will help boost the odds of success. But...

Cone offers relief to women with arthritic knees

For women with arthritis of the knees, going to the bathroom can be an excruciating exercise, but a new study suggests that...

U.S. advisers call for new medical device regime

An advisory group said the U.S. fast-track approval process for medical devices is fatally flawed and should be replaced,...

"Jumper's knee" most common in volleyball

For weekend athletes, volleyball may carry the biggest risk of the tendon injury known as "jumper's knee," a new study suggests....

Teflon component linked to arthritis

High blood levels of a man-made chemical used in non-stick coatings were associated with a raised risk of arthritis in a...

US FDA staff: Novartis gout drug data 'complicated'

A Novartis AG medicine reduced pain from gout but also appeared to raise the chances of serious infections and other problems,...

Pain drugs' safety for heart patients doubted again

Heart disease patients who chronically use painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen might face an increased risk of suffering...

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