Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction

July 22, 2016

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The more pain they have, the more likely people are to become addicted to powerful prescription opioid painkillers, a new study suggests.
“In light of the national opioid abuse epidemic, these new results underscore the importance of developing effective … approaches to managing common painful medical conditions,” said senior […]


Opioid Abusers Missing Out on Addiction-Fighting Drug

July 20, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors aren’t using one of the most effective weapons at their disposal in battling addiction to prescription painkillers — the anti-addiction drug Suboxone, a new study finds.
A review of Medicare claims showed that U.S. physicians are woefully underprescribing Suboxone. The drug is the only […]


Alzheimer’s May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain

July 20, 2016

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Alzheimer’s disease may affect people’s ability to recognize when they are in pain, a new study shows.
Undetected pain may allow underlying health issues to go untreated, leading to serious complications, such as organ damage, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville cautioned.
For the three-year study, the researchers tested […]


Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough

July 20, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — He was 26, a specialist fifth class with the U.S. Army, and stationed abroad, when an accident on the German autobahn sent him careening through the windshield of his car.
The now 60-year-old veteran prefers to withhold his name, but not his story, of a decades-long […]


Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough

July 20, 2016

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — He was 26, a specialist fifth class with the U.S. Army, and stationed abroad, when an accident on the German autobahn sent him careening through the windshield of his car.
The now 60-year-old veteran prefers to withhold his name, but not his story, of a decades-long […]


Nerve Zap Eased Rheumatoid Arthritis in Small Study

July 12, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Electronic stimulation of a nerve running from the brain to the gut may help ease stubborn symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, preliminary research suggests.
The study, of 17 adults with the painful autoimmune disease, tested the effects of vagus nerve stimulation — a technique long used to […]


Common Surgeries Raise Risk for Opioid Dependence: Study

July 11, 2016

MONDAY, July 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — After knee surgery and other common operations, patients have an elevated risk of growing dependent on opioid painkillers, a new study finds.
These prescription painkillers include hydrocodone (Vycodin, Lortab), oxycodone (OxyContin) and fentanyl, the narcotic implicated in the April 21 death of rock legend Prince.
“For a lot of surgeries […]


Medical Marijuana May Reduce the Need for Other Rx Meds, Study Says

July 7, 2016

People are actually using medical marijuana as a treatment for health problems, not simply as an excuse to get high, a new study suggests.


Programs to Spot Painkiller Abuse Work, But Are Underused

June 28, 2016

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Programs to reduce prescription painkiller abuse are effective but underused, a new study suggests.
Misuse of prescription pain medicines such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), codeine and morphine is a major public health problem in the United States. An estimated 52 million Americans have abused a prescription drug […]


Giving OD Antidote to Those Using Powerful Painkillers Might Save Lives

June 27, 2016

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In the wake of the musician Prince’s death from a painkiller overdose, a new study suggests some opioid-related deaths could be prevented by routinely prescribing an antidote for certain patients who take the medications.
Researchers found that those who received prescriptions for the antidote naloxone (Evzio) […]



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