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Diabetes has reached epidemic levels, and in fact is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, but many people don't know exactly what it is, beyond the fact that is has something to do with sugar levels.

The abuse of prescription painkillers is a growing problem for seniors, as it is for other age groups. But Medicare drug plans are cutting back on coverage for a specially designated type of painkiller that deters abuse in favor of cheaper generics that don’t have the same deterrent qualities, a new study found.

It sometimes can be more difficult for a smoker to quit the habit if they’re in chronic pain. A Syracuse University graduate student has won a federal grant to figure out a way to change that.

There can be a vicious circle when it comes to pain and smoking according to SU graduate student Emily Zale.

The University of Rochester Medical Center has named Doctor John Foxe the research director of the DelMonte Neuromedicine Institute, and chair of the department of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

In the U.S., an average of 21 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant, and the wait times can range from four months for a heart to five years for a kidney, dependent on the  Read more

Judy Naillon called her insurer several months ago to find out why she was being charged $35 every month for birth control pills. Her friends said they were getting their pills for free under the federal health law. Why wasn’t she getting the same deal?

Advocates for children with rare diseases are watching closely a congressional effort to streamline the nation’s drug approval process because the bill includes a provision extending a federal program that rewards companies making remedies for these young patients.

Six-year old Jason Green is spending his afternoon at the dentist’s office, but his focus is on the many stickers he’s earning by behaving during the appointment. “Well, I have been really good,” he beams, holding a stack of adhesive monster truck drawings.

Drug shortages have been an ongoing problem in health care.  The FDA has a list of dozens of medications currently in short supply.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is trying to discourage mothers from early elective deliveries. The insurance company is sending out information to doctors and health care facilities, warning about problems that can come from delivering babies early.