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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 [...]

More Doubt Cast on Surgery for Spinal Compression Fractures

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a new study, a widely used form of spinal surgery was no more effective than placebo in treating spinal fracture pain for people with osteoporosis. Researchers and experts now say that the technique -- called vertebroplasty -- should not be a standard pain treatment for these patients. [...]

Exercises for Chronic Health Conditions

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise can help prevent many chronic illnesses as well as make it easier to manage health conditions, from diabetes to joint pain. In terms of prevention, aim for the recommended 150 minutes of exercise, like brisk walking or cycling, each week. Along with eating a healthy diet, this [...]

Is Testing for Zika in U.S. Blood Supply Worth the Cost?

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WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Since 2016, every blood donation in the United States has been individually tested for the Zika virus. A new study suggests it's not worth it. Researchers at the American Red Cross found that of roughly 4 million donor blood samples tested over 15 months, only eight were positive [...]

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 [...]