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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, [...]

Government Rules Aimed at Curbing Opioid Prescriptions May Have Backfired

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THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the U.S. opioid addiction epidemic widened, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) placed the prescription painkillers in a tougher-to-refill category. Many states also mandated monitoring programs to spot overprescribing by doctors. But two new studies suggest these steps, while well-intentioned, may have led to more opioids -- [...]

FDA Approves Brain Stimulation Device for OCD

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FRIDAY, Aug. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A brain stimulation device to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has received approval for marketing Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. The FDA approved it as a treatment for major depression in 2008 and [...]

When Head Injuries Make Life Too Hard, Suicide Risk May Rise

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TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Traumatic brain injury can trigger a daily struggle with headaches, neck pain, dizziness and thinking problems that may drive some to suicide, researchers report. That risk more than triples in the first six months after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and it stays significantly higher over the long [...]

As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Painkiller Prescriptions Don't Drop

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- In a sign that the U.S. opioid epidemic is still not under control, a new report shows that prescriptions for the highly addictive painkillers haven't declined in the last decade. After peaking in 2012-2013, opioid use and doses leveled off. But doses were still higher in 2017 than [...]

Most Seniors Uninformed on Opioid Use

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TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new survey suggests health care professionals are giving short shrift to their older patients when it comes to explaining the risks of opioid painkillers. Researchers found that most older Americans who are prescribed opioids aren't advised about the dangers of the drugs, how to use fewer of [...]

Could Botox Cousin Combat the Opioid Epidemic?

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FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A modified type of botulinum toxin -- botox -- gave mice long-term pain relief and may someday be a safer alternative to opioids as a treatment for chronic pain, according to British researchers. They "deconstructed" the botulinum molecule and reassembled it with an opioid called dermorphin. The resulting [...]

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 [...]