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A Third of Young Women Fill Narcotic Painkiller Prescriptions Every Year

January 23, 2015

Too many women of childbearing age take narcotic painkillers, putting any unborn babies at risk, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

Knee Pain While Using Stairs May Be First Sign of Arthritis

January 23, 2015

Having knee pain while using the stairs may be an early sign of arthritis, a new study suggests.

U.S. Painkiller Abuse ‘Epidemic’ May Be Declining, Study Says

January 14, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. “epidemic” of prescription-painkiller abuse may be starting to reverse course, a new study suggests.
Experts said the findings, published Jan. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine, are welcome news. The decline suggests that recent laws and prescribing guidelines aimed at preventing painkiller […]

Tuning In to Music May Ease Kids’ Post-Op Pain, Study Finds

January 13, 2015

TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Going through a surgery often means post-operative pain for children, but listening to their favorite music might help ease their discomfort, a new study finds.
One expert wasn’t surprised by the finding.
“It is well known that distraction is a powerful force in easing pain, and music certainly provides an […]

Brain Scans Give New Clues to Chronic Pain

January 12, 2015

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The causes and treatment of chronic pain are often elusive. However, a small study provides the first evidence that inflammation in key regions of the brain might play a role in ongoing discomfort.
The findings illuminate possible sources of chronic pain, and might also point the way […]

Knee Arthritis Drugs Beat Placebos, but Study Finds No Clear Winner

January 6, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pain-relieving treatments for knee arthritis all work better than doing nothing — but it’s hard to point to a clear winner, a new research review concluded.
Using data from almost 140 studies, researchers found all of the widely used arthritis treatments — from over-the-counter painkillers to […]

Better Pain Relief After Knee Replacement Surgery?

December 30, 2014

TUESDAY, Dec. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Postoperative pain is always a concern after knee replacement surgery, but a new study suggests a strategy that might give patients another way to ease discomfort.
Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit note that the painful recovery process following knee replacement surgery is a persistent problem.
However, the research […]

Painkiller Tramadol Linked to Low Blood Sugar

December 8, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The narcotic painkiller tramadol (Ultram) seems to be associated with an increased risk of dangerously low blood sugar, Canadian researchers report.
Tramadol is a narcotic drug whose use has increased steadily worldwide.
The new research links taking the drug to around a threefold increased risk of being […]

U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Painkiller Prescriptions: Study

December 8, 2014

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nine out of 10 primary care doctors in the United States are concerned about prescription drug abuse in their communities, a new study finds.
And, nearly half of the physicians surveyed said they were less likely to prescribe powerful painkillers than they were just a year ago.
Researchers surveyed […]

Stand-Up Advice for Preventing Back Pain

November 30, 2014

SUNDAY, Nov. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Age-related wear and tear of the spine is a common cause of back pain, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of back injury and discomfort, an expert says.
“Many people with lower backaches say symptoms disrupt their daily routines; however, everyday habits may be […]


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