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Back pain tends to improve quickly, not completely

Lower back pain often fades fairly quickly, but it may stubbornly linger to some extent for months or more, a new study finds....

U.S. FDA advisers back Pfizer arthritis drug

Pfizer Inc won a U.S. advisory panel's support on Wednesday for its arthritis drug. A panel of outside experts to the U.S....

U.S. FDA advisers rebuff Regeneron gout drug

U.S. drug advisers unanimously voted against Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's experimental drug to prevent gout flares, based...

FDA staff question Pfizer arthritis drug benefits

U.S. drug reviewers on Monday questioned whether the benefits of Pfizer Inc's experimental treatment for rheumatoid arthritis...

Aspirin tied to lower lung cancer risk in women

In a new study of more than 1,200 Asian women, those who took aspirin at least a couple of times a week had a much lower...

Statins don't reduce melanoma risk: study

Despite earlier indications that people taking statins might have a reduced risk of developing melanoma, a large new study...

Merck ordered to pay $321 mln in criminal Vioxx probe

A Boston federal judge on Thursday sentenced Merck & Co to pay a $321 million criminal fine for improperly marketing its...

Turmeric extract may protect heart after surgery

A new study from Thailand suggests that extracts from turmeric spice, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties,...

Pain relief can fall short after gynecologic surgery

For some women having a hysterectomy or other gynecologic surgery, at-home plans for pain relief may not be good enough,...

Studies find evidence aspirin may keep cancer at bay

Three new studies published on Wednesday added to growing scientific evidence suggesting that taking a daily dose of aspirin...

FDA asks experts if pain drugs get second chance

U.S. drug regulators are asking experts for advice on whether companies should restart clinical trials for painkillers that...

Pharma research not always more positive on drugs

Drugmaker-funded science isn't always more likely to favor new medicines than studies paid for by non-profits, according...

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...

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