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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. [...]

AHA: High-Flying Young Doc Overcomes Stroke That Once Grounded Him

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THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Flying at 35,000 feet at the start of a trip from their Chicago home to Hawaii to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child, Dave Levy woke his sleeping wife and said, "Does my right eye look weird?" Allison Pataki, five months pregnant, replied that his [...]

Most First-Time Moms Say Labor Pains Were Manageable

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THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many first-time mothers have mistaken ideas about managing the pain of childbirth, a new survey reveals. The survey, commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), included more than 900 U.S. mothers, 73 percent of whom had vaginal births. While many said they had less pain than feared, [...]

Chiropractic Has Role to Play in Easing Lower Back Pain: Study

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FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Chiropractic care can help ease low back pain when added to a comprehensive treatment plan, a new clinical trial has found. Active-duty military personnel reported having fewer back problems when they visited a chiropractor along with receiving usual medical care, the researchers said. "This study provides the strongest [...]

FDA Approves First Drug Aimed at Preventing Migraines

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FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope -- the first drug aimed at preventing the headaches gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval on Thursday. Researchers have found that the injected drug, called Aimovig (erenumab), can prevent migraines if other [...]

Opioid Makers' Perks to Docs Tied to More Prescriptions

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MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who accept perks from companies that make opioid painkillers are more likely to prescribe the drugs for their patients, new research suggests. The money in question paid doctors for meals, consulting and speaking fees, and travel expenses. Typically, doctors receive less than $1,000 per year, said lead [...]

Hospitals Should, and Could, Avoid IV Opioids: Study

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MONDAY, May 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to pain management for hospital patients, opioid pills or injections are less dangerous and just as effective as giving the drug intravenously, a new study shows. The results "have the potential to be practice-changing," study author Dr. Adam Ackerman, clinical instructor in internal medicine at [...]

Cancer Docs: We Need More Research on Medical Marijuana

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most cancer doctors say they don't know enough about medical marijuana to provide an informed opinion to patients. Nevertheless, many go ahead and give its use their blessing, a national survey reveals. Seven out of 10 oncologists surveyed in the United States said they aren't informed enough about [...]