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More Babies Born to Mothers Addicted to Pain Meds

May 22, 2015

FRIDAY, May 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The number of infants born to American mothers addicted to prescription pain medications is rising, and so are the costs of treating those babies, researchers report.
The new research supports recent recommendations to screen or test pregnant women for substance abuse, according to the study’s authors.
Done over three years […]


Steroids No Better for Sciatica Pain Than Placebo, Study Finds

May 19, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Doctors often prescribe steroid pills to ease the discomfort of sciatica — back and leg pain usually caused by a herniated disk in the lower back.
But a new study finds steroids are no more effective than a placebo pill for the pain and provide only […]


Medical Pot-Painkiller Combo Isn’t Always Recipe for Abuse

May 18, 2015

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana users don’t appear to increase their risk for drug or alcohol abuse if they also take prescription painkillers, a new study finds.
While many people use medical marijuana as an alternative to narcotic (opioid) painkillers, some use both to cope with chronic pain, the researchers said.
“We expected […]


Insomniacs May Be More Sensitive to Pain, According to One Study

May 13, 2015

People with insomnia or poor sleep quality may be less tolerant of pain, new research suggests.


New Moms’ Codeine Use Down Since Health Warnings

May 12, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer new mothers have been prescribed the painkiller codeine since public health officials warned about a rare, but potential risk of overdose for breast-feeding babies, a new study says.
Experts said the study results, reported in the May 12 Journal of the American Medical Association, are […]


ER Doctors Cautious When Prescribing Narcotic Painkillers: Study

May 4, 2015

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — U.S. emergency room doctors are cautious when prescribing narcotic painkillers that carry a high risk of abuse, a new study shows.
Researchers analyzed data collected from more than 27,000 patients seen at 19 emergency departments (EDs) across the United States during a single week in October 2012.
Nearly 12 percent […]


ER Practices Key to Helping Those Addicted to Painkillers: Study

April 28, 2015

TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A comparison of three treatments for narcotic painkiller addiction found that patients given the medication buprenorphine in the emergency department do better than those given only referrals.
Addiction to prescription narcotic painkillers such as Oxycontin or Vicodin is “a huge public health problem,” study first author Dr. Gail D’Onofrio, […]


Drug-Related HIV Outbreak Spurs Nationwide Alert

April 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — With narcotic painkiller abuse now linked to 142 cases of HIV in rural Indiana, U.S. health officials are alerting other states to watch for clusters of HIV and hepatitis C among injection drug users.
The Scott County epidemic is “a powerful reminder that people who […]


Babies May Be More Sensitive to Pain Than Adults

April 21, 2015

TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Babies feel pain in much the same way as adults, says a new study that challenges some experts’ beliefs that babies don’t feel pain.
Some people have argued that babies’ brains aren’t developed enough for them to really “feel” pain, said study lead author Dr. Rebeccah Slater, of the […]


‘Tamper-Proof’ Narcotic Painkiller May Be Curbing Abuse: Study

April 20, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Narcotic painkillers that have features that make them hard to abuse may be linked to a drop in both the number of prescriptions and overdoses of these drugs, a new study finds.
After a tamper-resistant form of OxyContin was introduced in 2010, prescriptions dropped 19 […]



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