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Steroid Injections Probably Won’t Help Your Lower Back Pain

August 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Steroid injections for lower back pain may provide some relief for certain patients, but any benefits are temporary, a new study finds.
Lower back pain related to herniated disk (when intervertebral disks become compressed and bulge) and, to a lesser degree, spinal stenosis (narrowing of the […]

25 Million U.S. Adults Struggle With Daily Pain

August 18, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pain is widespread in much of America, with more than 25 million adults — 11 percent — suffering on a daily basis, a new national survey reveals.
And approximately 14 million adults — roughly 6.4 percent — experience severe pain, which can be associated with poorer […]

Florida Laws May Help Lower Abuse of Prescription Painkillers

August 17, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New legislation designed to rein in prescription narcotic abuse in the state of Florida has prompted a small, but quick decrease in narcotic painkiller prescriptions, a new investigation reveals.
About a year after the laws were enacted, Florida saw total prescriptions for the narcotic painkillers called […]

Yeast’s New Use: Making Narcotic Painkillers

August 13, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Scientists say they have genetically engineered baker’s yeast to create powerful narcotic painkillers.
The painkillers in question are called opioids, and include opiate-containing medicines such as morphine, Oxycontin and Vicodin, most commonly sourced from the opium poppy.
But the new technology might bypass the poppy, leading to faster and […]

Having Surgery? How Your Favorite Music Might Help You Recover Faster

August 13, 2015

Mozart, Madonna or Eminem: Whatever your taste, music may help you recover from a surgery, according to a new review of data on the subject.

Women’s Pelvic Pain Often Unreported

August 12, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Untreated pelvic pain is common among U.S. women in their childbearing years, a new study reveals.
The findings suggest that even during routine visits, doctors should ask women about pelvic pain, the investigators said.
“Our study suggests that many reproductive-age women are experiencing but not reporting some form of pelvic […]

Study Finds Drinking May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, But Doctors Wary

July 30, 2015

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Moderate to heavy drinking might cut the likelihood of disability for people with chronic widespread pain such as that related to fibromyalgia, new Scottish research suggests.
But U.S. pain specialists say consuming alcohol is the wrong approach to coping with disabling pain.
“It’s an odd way […]

U.S. Medical Groups Join to Fight Prescription Painkiller Abuse

July 29, 2015

WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Led by the American Medical Association, a group of 27 major U.S. medical organizations are banding together to tackle the continuing epidemic of narcotic painkiller abuse.
“We have joined together as part of this special Task Force because we collectively believe that it is our responsibility to work together […]

Pain Often Hinders Seniors With Dementia

July 22, 2015

WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Elderly Americans with dementia who live at home may need help managing their pain, a new study suggests.
“As a hospice nurse caring for people in their homes, I have seen many patients with dementia who suffer from distressing pain,” said study author Lauren Hunt, a physiological nursing Ph.D. […]

Many Don’t Tell Docs About Using Alternative Therapies for Pain

July 20, 2015

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many Americans with chronic pain who use alternative therapies — such as acupuncture — don’t discuss these treatments with their doctors, a new study finds.
“Our study confirms that most of our patients with chronic pain are seeking complementary treatments to supplement the care we provide in the primary […]


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