THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- 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 health plan was defined by the study as one in which a single person would have an annual deductible of $1,300 or more, and a family would be faced with a deductible of $2,600 or more.
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- 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 10 leading medical journals between early 2007 and mid-2015. The investigators found that a significant number of early trials reported effects that were 2.7 times greater than what was eventually seen in later trials.
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- 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 and 2013. They found that chronic, heavy drinking was a major risk factor for all types of dementia, but specially early onset dementia.
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- 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 involving these medications have increased exponentially over the past decade, in lockstep with a steady growth in prescriptions for the drugs, the review authors found.
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- 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 has been linked only with modern humans. But using a new dating technology, the researchers pinpointed the age of paintings in three caves in Spain to a time when Europe was inhabited only by Neanderthals.