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 […]

Parents Often Don’t Get Rid of Leftover Prescription Opioids

May 16, 2016

MONDAY, May 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) — When children are prescribed opioid painkillers, such as Oxycontin or Percocet, for surgery or illness, about half of parents say they keep the leftover medicine on hand.
“We found that the amount of pain medication prescribed for children is frequently greater than the amount used, and too few parents […]

Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

May 12, 2016

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Chronic pain may be a major driver behind the recent surge in addiction to prescription painkillers, a new survey finds.
Opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse in the United States are among the country’s biggest public health threats, the researchers said. And, more than eight in 10 people abusing […]

Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation

May 5, 2016

THURSDAY, May 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For people with poor circulation in their leg arteries, a medical procedure to restore blood flow may have greater benefits than exercise, preliminary research suggests.
People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) experience pain and fatigue while walking. These symptoms develop because poor circulation in the arteries that supply […]

Expert Offers Advice on Treating Corns, Calluses

April 24, 2016

SUNDAY, April 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Corns and calluses form due to friction or pressure on the skin, and there are a number of ways to treat these often unsightly areas, an expert says.
“Calluses can develop anywhere on the body where there is repeated friction, such as a guitar player’s fingertips or a mechanic’s […]

Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say

April 13, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Spinal fusion surgery is too often used to treat lower back pain when a simpler procedure would suffice for many patients, according to a pair of new clinical trials.
People suffering from spinal stenosis — pinched nerves caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal […]



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