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Meditation May Ease Pain, Anxiety From Breast Cancer Biopsy: Study

February 4, 2016

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Meditation and music may reduce pain, anxiety and fatigue associated with a breast cancer biopsy, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C., evaluated 121 women who listened to recorded meditation or music, or received standard care during image-guided needle biopsies.
The meditation focused on […]

Painkillers Don’t Ease Disability Due to Nerve Damage: Study

February 1, 2016

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Taking prescription narcotic painkillers doesn’t improve movement or reduce disability in people with pain related to nerve damage, researchers have found.
“Even though [narcotic] medications can be a powerful pain killer, it does not necessarily mean improved function will follow. Pain is not the only factor in determining function,” […]

Many Chronic Pain Sufferers May Overuse Nonprescription Painkillers

January 25, 2016

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many people with chronic pain ignore dosing instructions on over-the-counter pain medicines and put themselves at risk for an overdose, a new survey suggests.
An overdose of these medicines can result in serious side effects, such as stomach bleeding, ulcers, liver damage and even death, according to the American […]

Marijuana May Help Treat, Prevent Migraines, Study Says

January 15, 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Marijuana may give relief to migraine sufferers, a new study suggests.
The research included 121 people diagnosed with migraines and treated with medical marijuana between January 2010 and September 2014. Overall, the patients’ number of migraines fell from just over 10 to less than five per month, which is […]

Nerve Damage From Chemo May Affect Cancer Survivors for Years

January 15, 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Many women who survive cancer have symptoms of chemotherapy-related nerve damage in their feet and hands years after treatment, a new study reveals.
Moreover, this nerve damage — called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy — is associated with an increased risk of falls, the study found.
“We can’t dismiss neuropathy as […]

Pain Relief Advice May Help ER Patients With Terminal Cancer

January 15, 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — People with advanced cancer benefit in a number of ways if they’re consulted about pain relief measures when they go to an emergency room, a new study suggests.
The clinical trial included 69 patients who received a so-called palliative care consultation, and 67 patients who received usual care in […]

Spike in Newborn Drug-Withdrawal Tied to Prenatal Painkiller Use

January 12, 2016

TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — More babies are being born with drug withdrawal syndrome, possibly due to increased use of powerful prescription painkillers by pregnant women, according to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.
It’s estimated that 14 percent to 22 percent of pregnant women in the United States are […]

Exercise Eases Low Back Pain

January 11, 2016

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Exercise may reduce your risk of low back pain, Australian researchers report.
They reviewed 23 studies that included nearly 31,000 people and found that exercise, alone or with education, can prevent back pain.
Specifically, exercise and education reduced the risk of a low back pain episode by 45 percent, and […]

Painkillers Often Gateway to Heroin for U.S. Teens: Survey

December 29, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Three-quarters of U.S. high school students who use heroin first tried narcotic painkillers, a new survey reveals.
Survey results from nearly 68,000 high school seniors provide some clues to heroin’s recent deadly path from the inner city into affluent suburbs and rural communities.
“The more times a […]

Prescriptions Continue for Most Who Survive Painkiller ODs

December 29, 2015

Even as overdoses from narcotic prescription painkiller reach record levels in the United States, a new report finds that most people who survive such events continue to be prescribed the drugs by their doctors.


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