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How to Head Off an Ice Cream Headache

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WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Slow down and savor your ice cream sundae or smoothie -- it's the best way to prevent the dreaded head pain commonly known as "brain freeze." "When you consume cold foods or drinks too fast, it cools down the carotid artery located just behind your jawline. Doing that [...]

Have Insurers Played a Role in Opioid Crisis?

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FRIDAY, June 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurers may have helped fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic by not encouraging use of less addictive pain medications, a new study contends. In 2016, more than 2.1 million Americans had an opioid addiction. And more than 42,000 died from opioid overdoses, government data show. "Our findings suggest [...]

Meds Can Cut Deaths From Opioid Abuse, But Too Few Get Them

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MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Buprenorphine and methadone can cut the chances that someone who survives an opioid overdose will succumb to yet another one, but too few patients get the treatments, a new study shows. "We have two drugs that are lifesaving for people who have had an overdose," said lead researcher [...]

Reduce Weight, Reduce the Arthritic Knee Pain

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MONDAY, June 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many aging Americans are both overweight and burdened by arthritis of the knees. New research shows that shedding those excess pounds can mean shedding joint pain, too. "This study adds to the evidence that weight loss is one of the few truly effective nonsurgical measures to reduce pain [...]

Tips for Handling a Medical Emergency

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MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Knowing how to respond to an emergency can save valuable time and lives. But do you know what to do? Whether it's a life-threatening injury, car accident or medical emergency, the most important thing is to quickly assess the situation and the safety of all involved, said Dr. [...]