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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 […]

Could Taking Acetaminophen Dull Your Happiness?

April 16, 2015

Acetaminophen, the painkiller best known to Americans as Tylenol, may do more than simply dull pain — it may also dull happy or sad emotions, new research finds.

Narcotic Painkillers in Pregnancy Common, Harmful to Baby: Study

April 13, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Use of prescription narcotic painkillers is common in pregnancy and increases the likelihood a baby will be born small or early, or go through painful drug withdrawal, a new study finds.
These prescription painkillers, also called opioids, include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Oxycontin), codeine […]

Physical Therapy Equals Surgery for Certain Lower Back Pain, Study Says

April 7, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Physical therapy may be just as good as surgery for older adults with a type of chronic lower back pain, new research suggests.
Standard treatments for lumbar spinal stenosis — a painful, often disabling narrowing of the spinal canal — are an operation known as surgical […]

One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows

April 1, 2015

WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows.
The findings raise questions about the benefits of widespread use of these painkillers to treat chronic pain, the researchers […]

Study Casts Doubt on Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain, Arthritis

March 31, 2015

TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Acetaminophen — best known as Tylenol in the United States — does not appear to help ease lower back pain and offers little relief for the most common form of arthritis, according to a new report.
The review of data from 13 studies could challenge existing recommendations […]


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