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Taking Blood Thinners With Certain Painkillers May Raise Bleeding Risk

April 14, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People taking blood thinners to prevent clots in their legs or lungs may put themselves at risk for serious internal bleeding if they also take common painkillers such as aspirin or ibuprofen, researchers warn.
These over-the-counter painkillers — called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — include such [...]

Certain Prescription Painkillers Tied to Higher Risk of Irregular Heartbeat: Study

April 9, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A long-term study suggests that older people who use common prescription painkillers, including prescription-strength ibuprofen, may be increasing their risk for developing a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.
Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke and heart failure and can shorten life. Previous studies [...]

FDA Approves Quick-Acting Drug to Reverse Prescription Painkiller ODs

April 7, 2014

The first prescription treatment that can be used by family members or caregivers to treat an overdose of narcotic painkillers has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Complication Rate After Adult Tonsillectomy Higher Than Thought

April 7, 2014

MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Twenty percent of adults who get their tonsils removed develop complications, a new study shows.
The complication rates are much higher than those reported in previous research, according to the authors of the study in the April issue of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery.
Of those with complications, 10 [...]

FDA OKs Quick-Acting Antidote for Prescription Painkiller Overdose

April 3, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People suffering a potentially fatal narcotic overdose now can receive lifesaving treatment from folks around them, using a new device just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Evzio is a hand-held auto injector that delivers a single dose of the drug naloxone into the [...]

Hernia Repair Recovery Often Longer Than Expected

April 3, 2014

THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who undergo surgery to repair an abdominal hernia may underestimate how long their recovery will take, new research indicates.
Hernia surgery involves closing a gap that has formed in the muscle walls of the abdomen. This common procedure is needed to treat pain or obstructions that occur when [...]

More ERs Treating Headaches With Narcotics, Study Finds

April 2, 2014

WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been a big increase in prescriptions for powerful narcotic painkillers given to headache patients at hospital emergency departments, a new U.S. study finds.
This increase has occurred even though guidelines from a number of medical groups, including the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Emergency [...]

Stroke Survivors Deserve Team Care: Statement

March 27, 2014

THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Palliative care that minimizes suffering and improves quality of life should be provided to patients who’ve survived a stroke, experts say.
The care should be a team effort involving patients, families, stroke specialists and health care providers such as neurosurgeons, neurologists, primary care doctors, nurses and therapists, according to [...]

This Is the No. 1 Cause of Disability Worldwide

March 26, 2014

It causes more disability than nearly 300 other conditions worldwide, according to new research, and nearly one in 10 people across the globe suffers from it.

CT Scans Might Help Diagnose Gout in Some Cases

March 26, 2014

WEDNESDAY, March 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — CT scans can help detect gout that’s been missed by the current standard testing method, a new study suggests.
Gout is a common and painful form of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body. The standard test — called needle aspiration — involves taking fluid [...]


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