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Prescription Painkillers Fueling Overdose Cases in ERs, Study Finds

October 27, 2014

MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new report estimates more than two-thirds of emergency department visits for overdoses of narcotic drugs involve prescription medications.
The researchers launched their research to better understand why people overdose on narcotics, a class of medications that includes illegal drugs like heroin along with prescription painkillers like Percocet and [...]


For a Child’s Fracture, Use Ibuprofen, Not Morphine: Study

October 27, 2014

MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For children with broken bones, ibuprofen is a better choice for pain relief than morphine, researchers report.
Although both medications are effective in easing the pain associated with these injuries, oral morphine carries more risk for negative side effects, Canadian researchers found.
“Evidence suggests that orally administered morphine and [...]


Peak Pain Level Main Factor in Negative Childbirth Memories: Study

October 17, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The peak intensity of pain during delivery, not the amount of time in labor, influences women’s memories of pain during childbirth, a new study suggests.
The study included 320 pregnant women who were asked to rate their pain every 20 minutes during labor. The women were asked about [...]


Could Vitamin D Make Childbirth Less Painful?

October 14, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Low vitamin D levels could make childbirth more painful, according to a new study.
Vitamin D deficiency is common during pregnancy, especially among high-risk women, including vegetarians, those with little sun exposure, and members of ethnic minorities, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says.
The new study included 93 [...]


Risks From Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Very Low, Study Says

October 14, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 14 2014 (HealthDay News) — The risks of using epidural and spinal anesthesia during childbirth are extremely low, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 80,000 women who received epidural or spinal anesthesia during childbirth and found that the overall rate of complications was just under 3 percent.
The most common [...]


Risks From Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Very Low, Study Says

October 14, 2014

TUESDAY, Oct. 14 2014 (HealthDay News) — The risks of using epidural and spinal anesthesia during childbirth are extremely low, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 80,000 women who received epidural or spinal anesthesia during childbirth and found that the overall rate of complications was just under 3 percent.
The most common [...]


Post-Op Pain Management Improves in Past Decade, Survey Shows

October 14, 2014

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The percentage of American patients who experience serious post-operative pain appears to have fallen significantly over the past decade, a new survey reveals.
How significantly? In 2003, 63 percent of those polled said they struggled with some kind of notable pain two weeks after in-hospital surgery, [...]


Women Can Get an Epidural Any Time During Labor, Analysis Says

October 13, 2014

When it comes to pain relief during labor and delivery, mom probably knows best, new research suggests.


Anesthetic During Breast-Removal Surgery May Reduce Long-Term Pain

October 13, 2014

MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Giving a common local anesthetic to women undergoing breast removal surgery — a mastectomy — reduces their risk of persistent pain after the procedure, a new study says.
More than two-thirds of mastectomy patients experience chronic pain after surgery, which can significantly affect physical activity, physical and mental health, [...]


Heroin Overdose Deaths Doubled in Much of U.S.: CDC Study

October 2, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Deaths from heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012, U.S. federal health officials reported Thursday.
The new report included data from 28 states that account for 56 percent of the U.S. population.
This big increase in heroin-related deaths is directly tied to the epidemic of narcotic painkiller [...]



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