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Do You Blame a Higher Power When You Get Sick?

October 1, 2015

THURSDAY, Oct. 1 2015 (HealthDay News) — Feeling abandoned or persecuted by a higher power could be bad for your health, new research suggests.
Counseling people to overcome such negative spiritual beliefs could help decrease pain in some and improve their overall health, according to the study authors.
“In general, the more religious or spiritual you are, […]

Back Pain Patients Seek Pain Relief First, Mobility Second

September 21, 2015

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Pain relief is a greater concern than mobility for people with a common form of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, a new study indicates.
When asked to choose between a treatment that would reduce discomfort and one that would help them stand and walk, the vast […]

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 […]


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