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Navigating Insurance and Pain Medicine Constraints in Pain Management

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With today’s many diversified insurance providers and plans, along with a growing opioid epidemic, it can be confusing – and frustrating – to patients get the services they need and deserve because of limited insurance benefits and some of the restrictive guidelines medical practices must follow surrounding treatment options. An article in the WebMD Medical [...]

When Does Your Child's Headache Call for a Doctor Visit?

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MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Headaches are common in children and teens, but many parents aren't sure when to seek professional help for their child, a new survey finds. The survey of parents with children aged 6 to 18 found that two-thirds said their child has had a headache not caused by a [...]

Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study

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MONDAY, July 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don't really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows. More than one in 10 kids enrolled in Tennessee's Medicaid program received an opioid prescription each year between 1999 and 2014, even though they did [...]

Report Warns of Dog Illness That Can Spread to Owners

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WEDNESDAY, July 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A bacteria carried by dogs that haven't been neutered can produce flu symptoms in humans and potentially jeopardize a pregnancy, a new study suggests. Brucellosis infection is most commonly spread by livestock like sheep, cattle, goats and pigs. But a strain of the bacterium carried by dogs -- [...]

Low-Impact Yoga, Pilates Brings Big Health Benefits at All Ages

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FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Yoga and Pilates are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, medical experts say. These low-impact workouts don't require special equipment and, after initial training, can be done at home to improve physical and mental health. "Both use your own body weight and can be tailored [...]

Anti-seizure Meds Won't Ease Low Back Pain

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FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors and pain specialists have been turning to anticonvulsive drugs for treatment of lower back pain more often over the past decade. There's just one problem -- these drugs don't really help. A series of clinical trials have shown that anticonvulsants are no good at easing either lower [...]

Could Aspirin Help Keep Alzheimer's Away?

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THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If new research in mice bears out in humans, that daily low-dose aspirin many people take to keep heart trouble at bay might also protect their brains against Alzheimer's. Scientists report aspirin appeared to help clear out plaques of waste material called amyloid beta in the brain. Those [...]

Medical Marijuana a Hit With Seniors

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THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are giving rave reviews for medical marijuana. In a new survey, those who turned to it for treating chronic pain reported it reduced pain and decreased the need for opioid painkillers. Nine out of 10 liked it so much they said they'd recommend medical pot to others. [...]

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 [...]