Tighter Opioid Laws in U.S. Haven’t Eased Misuse

June 22, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — U.S. laws designed to curb abuse of opioid painkillers haven’t reduced misuse or overdoses by disabled Medicare beneficiaries, a new study suggests.
Between 2006 and 2012, states enacted 81 laws to control use of powerful opioids such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. But even with these new […]

Many Doctors Give Out More Painkillers Than Patients Actually Need

June 14, 2016

More than half the patients prescribed opioid painkillers in a recent U.S. study received more than they needed.

Fewer Injured Workers Getting Opioid Prescriptions in Some States

June 13, 2016

MONDAY, June 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — As the United States continues to grapple with the painkiller addiction epidemic, a new study reports that fewer injured workers are getting prescriptions for opioids in most of the 25 states included in the research.
The study included information from 337,000 workers’ compensation claims in the study states. The […]

Many Take Opioids Months After Hip, Knee Replacements

June 3, 2016

FRIDAY, June 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A significant number of patients continue to take powerful prescription opioid painkillers many months after joint replacement surgery, a new study shows.
The findings are important because joint replacement surgery is increasingly common and there are sharply rising rates of opioid overdoses in the United States. Common prescription opioid […]

Florida’s Tougher Laws May Be Cutting Opioid Prescriptions

June 2, 2016

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The top prescribers of opioid painkillers in Florida wrote far fewer prescriptions for those drugs the year after the state implemented tough new drug policies, a new study reveals.
Two policies aimed at reducing the number of prescriptions for the potentially addictive opioids, such as Oxycontin, took effect in […]

FDA Approves Implant to Battle Opioid Addiction

May 27, 2016

A new long-acting implant that can help treat people addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers was approved Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Antidepressants Not Just for Depression Any More

May 24, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors prescribe antidepressants for a wide range of medical problems other than depression, apparently fueling the boom in sales of these medications, researchers report.
Depression accounts for only a little more than half the antidepressant prescriptions issued by Quebec physicians during the past decade, the Canadian […]

This Color Light Could Help Ease Migraines, According to New Study

May 17, 2016

A new study sheds light—literally—on a potential means of easing migraine pain.

Giving the ‘Green Light’ to Migraine Relief

May 17, 2016

TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new study sheds light — literally — on a potential means of easing migraine pain.
Researchers in Boston exposed 69 migraine patients to different colors of light. They found that while blue light exacerbated headache pain, a narrow spectrum of low-intensity green light significantly reduced light sensitivity.
In some […]

Half of Heart Attacks Might Be ‘Silent’

May 16, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — As many as half of all heart attacks may be “silent” — without the typical crushing chest pain, shortness of breath and cold sweats, new study findings suggest.
Among nearly 9,500 Americans included in the study, 45 percent of all heart attacks were silent, investigators […]



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