This surprising factor may raise your risk of Alzheimer’s disease

In a study published in the journal Neurology, researchers led by Dr. Zoe Arvanitakis, medical director of the Rush Memory Clinic at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, find more evidence that blood pressure may be one of those risk factors.

Drug shortages prompt FDA to form task force

The US Food and Drug Administration is forming a Drug Shortages Task Force to look into the country’s persistent drug shortages and find long-term solutions.

FDA recalls heart medications used to treat high blood pressure over cancer concerns

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall of several medications that contain the active ingredient valsartan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

Many breast cancer patients don’t get recommended follow-up, study finds

Women who have been treated for early-stage breast cancer should get periodic mammograms to monitor for recurrence, but the likelihood they will varies across U.S. metropolitan areas, a new study finds.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $4.7 billion to women who say baby powder gave them cancer

A jury in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion in damages to 22 women who claim the company’s talcum powder products caused ovarian cancer. Following an eight-hour deliberation, jurors awarded the women $550 million in compensatory damages and another $4.14 billion in punitive damages

For some men, delaying prostate cancer treatment might be the best course of action

Men with low-risk prostate cancer may want to wait before treating it, according to a new report from the National Institutes of Health.

Urgent care clinics are prescribing too many unnecessary antibiotics, study says

Nearly half of patients who go to urgent care clinics seeking treatment for a flu, cold or other conditions that don’t require antibiotics received a prescription for one anyway. That’s three times as often as antibiotics are prescribed to patients with the same illnesses in traditional doctors’ offices, according to a study published July 16.

Why some patients get unexpected bills after Emergency Room visits

Over the past year or so, a troubling trend has been reported in various media outlets: some health insurers are denying claims from members who visited the emergency department for what they believed were actual emergencies.

Doctors, hospitals sue patients who post negative comments, reviews on social media

As doctors and hospitals throw their considerable resources behind legal fights, some patients face huge legal bills for posting them and other consumers face their own challenges trying to get a straight story. Experts say that doctors take on extra risk when they resort to suing a patient.