Trevor Stokes

Antidepressants For Hot Flashes: Mixed Messages

New findings suggest that the antidepressant Lexapro might make hot flashes a little less of a nuisance to women -- adding to the mixed bag of results regarding that drug's effect on menopause symptoms.

FDA Drafts Additional Safety Tests For Nanotech

U.S. health regulators said consumer products that use nanotechnology may have unknown effects on the human body, and advised food and cosmetic companies to further study the safety of these tiny particles.

Pharmacies Accused Of Profiting From Drug Shortages

Lawmakers are investigating three pharmacies in Maryland and North Carolina accused of passing critical drugs in short supply directly to wholesalers, who are likely to profit from the scarcity of life-saving medicines, rather than to the patients that need them.

Medical Test Patents Rejected By Supreme Court

The Supreme Court rejected two patents on a method for monitoring a patient's blood to determine the best dosage for a drug, a decision that may affect the profitability of personalized medicine.

Seeking The Roots Of A US Soldier's Shooting Rampage

In the search for an explanation of why a U.S. soldier left his base in Afghanistan at night and killed 16 civilians in their homes, some experts have raised the possibility that mental illness or a brain injury played a role in the massacre.

Firefighters Battle Barn Fire, Then Parasitic Outbreak

Firefighters need to lug heavy equipment, brave scorching fires and rescue trapped people, but one group of firefighters in Indiana and Michigan faced an unusual complication from a barn fire in June - an outbreak of intestinal parasites.

iPad Health Apps: Half of Doctors to Use Them, How You Can, Too

Apps aren't just for consumers interested in losing weight, monitoring their blood sugar or maintaining an exercise regime, but by the end of 2012, half of U.S. doctors are expected to use apps for their own medical practices, according to a November survey.