Publication date: 
Thu., Dec. 14, 2017 4:30pm EST ·

Long-term use of acetaminophen during pregnancy associated with ADHD in offspring

Use of acetaminophen during pregnancy for more than 29 days was associated with a more than twofold increased risk of ADHD in offspring, according to results of a large observational study published in Pediatrics.

Publication date: 
Tue., Dec. 12, 2017 1:15pm EST ·

Older Americans -- Too Many Unneeded Meds?

For decades, experts have warned that older Americans are taking too many unnecessary drugs, often prescribed by multiple doctors, for dubious or unknown reasons. Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a figure that jumps to nearly 46 percent for those between 70 and 79. Doctors say it is not uncommon to encounter patients taking more than 20 drugs to treat acid reflux, heart disease, depression or insomnia or other disorders. Unlike the overuse of opioid painkillers, the polypharmacy problem has attracted little attention, even though its hazards are well documented.  But some doctors are working to reverse the trend.