Xanax, Valium Looking Like America's Next Drug Crisis

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- America is well aware of its opioid epidemic, but there's a hidden crisis brewing with prescription sedatives such as Xanax and Valium, a new review warns. Known as benzodiazepines, overdose deaths…

When It Comes to Art, Don't Call Them Neanderthals

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ancient Neanderthals created the earliest known cave paintings in the world and likely had artistic senses similar to their more contemporary cousins, researchers report. Until now, cave art…

New Version of Nasal Flu Vaccine to Return for Next Season

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors can offer patients a new version of the nasal spray flu vaccine FluMist next winter, a U.S. government advisory panel says. Two years ago, the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices…

Take Early Clinical Trials With a Grain of Salt

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-third of early clinical trials exaggerate positive findings and may give patients false hope, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from 930 clinical trials published in…

More Americans Pushed Into High-Deductible Health Plans

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of uninsured American adults held steady at about 13 percent in 2017, but many more insured Americans are being presented with high deductibles, new research shows. A high-deductible…

Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008…

Antidepressants Do Work, Some Better Than Others: Study

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Antidepressant drugs actually do help ease depression, countering debate over whether the medications do what they're supposed to, a large research review has found. Some antidepressants, though,…

Putting the Brakes on 'Emotional Eating'

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many of us make choices about whether to eat healthy or not-so-healthy foods based on whether we're in a good or not-so-good mood. When a bad mood strikes, we often tend to reach for junk food.…

Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests. Researchers said the findings could change…

Even Hidden Flu May Trigger Trouble After Heart Surgery

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The flu virus -- even if it doesn't cause symptoms -- can lead to serious complications after heart surgery, a new study by Dutch researchers suggests. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS),…

Guns Still Found in Homes With Unstable Kids

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In the aftermath of last week's deadly shooting rampage at a Florida high school, a new survey shows that parents are loath to remove guns from their home even if their child might be mentally unstable. In…

If the Eyes Don't Coordinate, Reading -- and Grades -- May Suffer

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For students, an undetected vision problem could be contributing to low grades, a new study suggests. That could be the case even if standard eye tests reveal no problems, the researchers said. "It's…