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Look for Early Signs of Thyroid Cancer, Experts Urge

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SATURDAY, Sept. 15, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Cases of thyroid cancer are on the rise in the United States, and experts want you to know how people at high risk for the disease can detect it early. According to the American Cancer Society, 54,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the United States in 2018. [...]

1 in 12 Americans Lives With Debilitating Chronic Pain

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FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Of the 50 million Americans living with chronic pain, the pain is so bad for 20 million that it keeps them from doing the daily activities of life, researchers say. According to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic pain and high-impact chronic [...]

Mindfulness May Be a Buffer Against Pain

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness meditation may take the edge off of pain, a new study suggests. "Mindfulness is related to being aware of the present moment without too much emotional reaction or judgment," explained lead researcher Fadel Zeidan. He's an assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist Medical [...]

Could a Placebo Pill Help Ease Your Back Pain?

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- With millions of pain-plagued Americans looking for an alternative to opioids, the solution for some might be no medicine at all. New research suggests that a good many back pain patients might find relief in a "dummy" sugar pill, eliminating their need for strong medication. About half the [...]

'No Documented Reason' for 1 in 3 Outpatient Opioid Rxs: Study

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MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The United States is in the grip of an epidemic of opioid painkiller addiction. But now, research shows that in nearly a third of cases there's no medical reason documented for opioids prescribed in an outpatient setting. The findings show the need for stricter rules on recording patients' [...]

Chronic Pain May Drive Some to Suicide

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MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Suffering debilitating pain every day may be so unbearable that some decide to take their own lives, new research suggests. More than 25 million U.S. adults have some level of daily pain, and 10.5 million have considerable pain every day. In this study, researchers led by Dr. Emiko [...]

Opium Poppy Genome Research May Aid Painkiller Production

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MONDAY, Sept. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists who decoded the opium poppy genome say the breakthrough might improve production of the plant to provide a cheap, reliable supply of pain relievers and other medications. The opium poppy is used to make the cough suppressant noscapine, and the painkillers morphine and codeine. "Biochemists have been [...]

Monkey Trials Raise Hope for Non-Addictive Opioid Alternative

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THURSDAY, Aug. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The ongoing opioid addiction crisis means the search for powerful but non-addictive painkillers is more urgent than ever before. Now, a team of scientists says it may be nearing that goal. Research in monkeys suggests that an experimental painkiller -- called AT-121 -- is not only very effective [...]

AHA: This Single Dad Kicked 30-Year Tobacco Habit for His Son

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TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- John Jaramillo was a 45-year-old newly divorced single dad to 7-year-old Zeph. As if that weren't enough to deal with, he was also having excruciating pain in his jaw, neck and shoulder. Having used tobacco for 30 years, Jaramillo figured that was to blame. So in 2010, [...]