The rate of women dying from overdoses on prescription painkillers has increased one and a half times the rise for men—a 415 percent change among females between 1999 and 2010, compared with 265 percent among males—U.S. government researchers say.
Having trouble catching enough shut-eye? Consider this before reaching for the Ambien: According to a new study published in BMJ Open, the potential risks of popping pills to help you sleep may far outweigh the benefits.
Dr. Marcia Angell has drawn harsh criticism from members of the psychiatric community for her essay doubting the efficacy of antidepressants, published in The New York Review of Books last month. (more)
The good news, at least for those hoping for progress on the health care reform front, is that the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the latest version of a bill aimed at revamping the nation’s flagging health care system. The bad news: Now that Congress is headed for a monthlong vacation, we’ll have a whole new round of squabbling to look forward to in September.