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Deaths From Narcotic Painkillers Quadrupled in Past Decade: CDC

September 16, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The number of Americans dying from accidental overdoses of narcotic painkillers jumped significantly from 1999 to 2011, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
Deaths from overdoses of drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine and oxycodone (Oxycontin) climbed from 1.4 per 100,000 people to 5.4 per 100,000, [...]

Back Pain After Sex? These Positions May Help

September 11, 2014

Guided by movements of couples engaged in sexual intercourse, a new report suggests that alternatives to the traditional missionary-style position can help men who have lower back pain.

Take Steps to Control Bunions

August 29, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you have bunions, taking care of them now can help you avoid more serious treatment later, an expert says.
A bunion is a bump that forms on the joint of the big toe when bone or tissue moves out of place and extends beyond the normal anatomy of [...]

‘Doctor-Shopping’ for Painkillers Common After Broken-Bone Surgery, Study Finds

August 29, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — About one in five patients operated on for broken bones or other orthopedic trauma shops around for additional painkillers after surgery, a new study finds.
Less-educated patients and patients who had used narcotic painkillers previously were several times more likely to be “doctor shoppers,” said [...]

States with Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Overdoses

August 27, 2014

States that have legalized medical marijuana tend to experience an unexpected benefit — fewer overdose deaths from narcotic painkillers, a new study suggests.

Simple Steps Make Shots Less Scary for Kids, Nurse Says

August 22, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many children get anxious or afraid when they have to get a vaccination, but there are a number of ways that parents can make these shots easier for their kids, an expert suggests.
The first step is to explain to children in an age-appropriate way that the vaccinations help [...]

Many U.S. Workers on Disability Use Narcotic Painkillers, Study Finds

August 22, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A growing number of Americans on work disability chronically use powerful prescription painkillers, according to a new study.
Researchers found that between 2007 and 2011, about 44 percent of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were prescribed narcotic painkillers each year. And the percentage using [...]

U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers

August 21, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States.
The new restrictions would cover prescription narcotic drugs such as Vicodin, Lortab and their generic equivalents, putting them [...]

Expert Offers Backpack Safety Tips

August 15, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Parents need to make safety a priority when shopping for school backpacks for their children, an expert advises.
“About 6,000 children are injured each year from wearing an inappropriate backpack,” Linda Rhodes, senior occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, said in a Georgia Regents University news release.
“While it [...]

Painkillers May Halve Risk of Breast Cancer Return in Obese Women: Study

August 14, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese women who have battled breast cancer might halve their chances of a recurrence if they take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly, new research suggests.
The researchers followed 440 breast cancer survivors — most of them past menopause and overweight or obese [...]


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