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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 […]

Better Sleep May Mean Less Chronic Pain

July 17, 2015

FRIDAY, July 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Improving sleep quality might help ease pain among those with osteoarthritis, a new study suggests.
That’s because disruptions in sleep are associated with changes in how the body processes and feels pain, the researchers said.
More than half of all people with osteoarthritis have pain during the night. This may […]

Antidepressant, Painkiller Combo May Raise Risk of Brain Bleed

July 14, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking both an antidepressant and a painkiller such as ibuprofen or naproxen may increase risk of a brain hemorrhage, a new study suggests.
Korean researchers found that of more than 4 million people prescribed a first-time antidepressant, those who also used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) had […]

These Popular Pain-Relievers May Up Your Risk for Heart Attacks and Stroke, FDA Warns

July 10, 2015

The U.S Food and Drug Administration on Thursday strengthened the warning labels for widely used painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen, saying they can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Back Pain and Depression Combo Lessens Pain Relief from Narcotic Painkillers

July 9, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For people with chronic back pain who also have depression or anxiety, narcotic painkillers may not be the best therapy for their pain, a new study finds.
“A lot of patients have depression and anxiety on top of their back pain,” said lead researcher Dr. Ajay […]

Painkiller Overdoses Often Involve ‘Pharmacy Shopping’

July 8, 2015

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly half of all deaths resulting from an overdose of narcotic painkillers involved Medicaid recipients who used multiple pharmacies to fill their prescriptions, a new study finds.
“Pharmacy shopping,” or the use of multiple pharmacies at the same time, is a way some patients obtain more medication than they […]

Who’s Most Likely to Get Addicted to Their Narcotic Painkiller?

July 7, 2015

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study looks at which patients prescribed a short course of narcotic painkillers may be most prone to long-term abuse.
The study finds — perhaps not surprisingly — that people with prior histories of drug abuse, or current or former smokers, were much more likely to go beyond […]

Drug Offers Hope Against Disease Where Sunlight Causes Pain

July 2, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Just a few minutes of sun exposure can cause debilitating pain for people like Savannah Fulkerson, an 11-year-old with a rare genetic disorder.
Scientists say a new medication may allow Savannah and others like her to encounter daylight without such severe consequences.
Savannah has erythropoietic protoporphyria. […]


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