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Non-Opioids Often Underused After Back Surgery

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TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin). These highly addictive narcotics are potentially deadly when abused. The United States is currently grappling [...]

Racial Divide Narrows in Opioid Prescribing in U.S.

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FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans are no longer less likely than whites to be prescribed opioid painkillers -- but that means their risk of addiction to the narcotics has increased, researchers say. "To our knowledge, this is the first evidence of a potential narrowing of the divide in opioid prescribing by [...]

The Other Opioid Crisis: Shortages at U.S. Hospitals

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WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals are running short of the injectable opioids and anesthesia drugs that most surgery patients need during and after their procedures, a new survey shows. More than 98 percent of anesthesiologists responding to the survey said they regularly experience shortages of these drugs. And recent efforts by [...]

Fentanyl Now Drives Drug Overdose Deaths in U.S.

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TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Overdose deaths involving dangerous synthetic opioids like fentanyl have skyrocketed in recent years, surpassing deaths from prescription painkillers, a new U.S. study reveals. Synthetic opioids -- primarily fentanyl -- were involved in more than 30 percent of fatal overdoses in 2016, up from roughly 8 percent in 2010, [...]

Many Opioid Overdoses May Be Suicides

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WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the United States grapples with an ongoing opioid epidemic, experts are calling attention to a hidden aspect of the crisis: Many overdose deaths may, in fact, be suicides. The researchers describe suicide as a "silent contributor" to the nation's opioid overdose death rate. It's hard to know [...]

AHA: His Workouts Helped Him Spot a Dangerous Heart Problem

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WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Ricky Reyes had just begun a high-intensity exercise program to get in better shape. But instead of feeling energized, the workouts left him exhausted and with spasms in his back, arms and jaw. His fitness trainer had previously told him his body was still adapting to the [...]

Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

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THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill during their recuperation, said lead researcher Elizabeth Habermann. She is scientific director for [...]

'Dance Moms' Star Abby Lee Miller Paralyzed by Spinal Infection

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WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Reality TV star Abby Lee Miller nearly died after she developed a spinal infection that left her paralyzed from the neck down, People magazine reports. The former "Dance Moms" star sought emergency treatment at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital after the onset of "excruciating neck pain" and [...]

New Therapy May Prevent Tough-to-Treat Migraines

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TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope -- the first of a new class of drugs that harness the immune system to ward off the headaches. Researchers found that the injected drug, called erenumab, could prevent migraines if other treatments [...]

Overcoming Fear of Back Pain May Spur Recovery

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MONDAY, April 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with chronic back pain often try painkillers and other treatments without success. Now, a new study suggests a program of education and exercise may provide relief. Helping patients think differently about pain and encouraging them to move in ways they previously feared appears to ease pain and [...]