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22 Mar

Pot May Decrease Pain and Opioid Use in Patients with Knee and Back Issues

People with knee and back problems who used medical marijuana needed fewer opioid pain relievers and report better daily function, researchers say.

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01 Jul
Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without Opioids

Nerve-Cooling Implant Could Ease Pain Without Opioids

Hinting at a future alternative to opioid painkillers, scientists have developed a tiny implant designed to ease post-surgery pain and then dissolve once the job is done.

So far, the research

20 Jun
What Anesthesia Works Best for Hip Fracture Surgery?

What Anesthesia Works Best for Hip Fracture Surgery?

Patients who have spinal anesthesia while doctors repair a broken hip have more pain and need more prescription painkillers afterward than those given general anesthesia, a ...

09 Jun
Injected 'Hydrogel' May Be New Option Against Back Pain

Injected 'Hydrogel' May Be New Option Against Back Pain

Like fixing a flat on the roadside, a new injectable hydrogel is showing promise as a remedy for worn-down spinal discs -- pumping them back up and relieving chronic back pain.

The gel, with the brand name Hydrafil...

07 Jun
Will Medical Marijuana, CBD Ease Chronic Pain?

Will Medical Marijuana, CBD Ease Chronic Pain?

Use of medical marijuana has surged across the United States, but a new analysis finds that evidence supporting its use in treating chronic pain remains surprisingly thin.

There have been few well-performed clinical trials focused on pain relief from the sort of products...

06 Jun
Setting Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Might Reduce Misuse

Setting Time Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Might Reduce Misuse

Here's a simple weapon to employ against the opioid epidemic: New research finds that placing time limits on prescriptions for highly addictive narcotic painkillers may reduce the risk of m...

24 May
Medical Marijuana May Offer Safe Pain Relief for Cancer Patients

Medical Marijuana May Offer Safe Pain Relief for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients who use medical marijuana experience less pain and a better quality of life, Israeli researchers report.

And, their new study found, these patients were able...

17 May
Menopause Might Worsen Jaw Pain in Women

Menopause Might Worsen Jaw Pain in Women

Estrogen loss during menopause may worsen women's pain from a jaw disorder, a new study warns.

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) causes pain in the ...

15 May
Arthroscopy: A Viable Treatment Option for Painful Hip Joints

Arthroscopy: A Viable Treatment Option for Painful Hip Joints

College basketball player Joey Liedel suffered years of debilitating hip pain that limited his ability to play.

As a freshman at University of Detroit-Mercy, he was in constant discomfort. Eventually, the Erie, Mich., athlete underwent hip surgery and took some time off ...

13 May
In Animal Studies, Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Spinal Cord Injury Pain

In Animal Studies, Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Spinal Cord Injury Pain

An experimental gene therapy for spinal cord pain shows promise in mice, researchers say.

About half of spinal cord injury patients have neuropathy, which is chronic or debilitating pain, tingling, numbn...

12 May
NSAIDS, Steroids for Back Pain: Is Too Much of Them a Bad Thing?

NSAIDS, Steroids for Back Pain: Is Too Much of Them a Bad Thing?

Persistent use of steroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to treat acute lower back pain may actually turn it into a chronic condition, a new study warns.

However, some experts who expressed concerns about the study published in the jou...

28 Apr
Doctors Devise Safer Alternative to Opioids During, After Surgeries

Doctors Devise Safer Alternative to Opioids During, After Surgeries

It's been slightly more than a year since Jonathan Akindle, 23, underwent weight-loss surgery, and so far, so good.

He is now down 130 pounds, and he was ...

27 Apr
Prescription Steroids Can Pose Dangers for Sickle Cell Patients

Prescription Steroids Can Pose Dangers for Sickle Cell Patients

People with sickle cell disease who take corticosteroids to treat asthma or inflammation may suffer severe pain and even need to be hospitalized, researchers report.

This reaction to corticosteroids can be particularly severe among older people, women and patients not ta...

25 Apr
White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

White Women Tend to Get Better Pain Management After Childbirth

After childbirth, some women who received an epidural for pain will develop a debilitating headache. But minority women are less likely than white moms to receive the treatment that can provide relief, according to a new study.

Researchers also found that even when women...

20 Apr
When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

When Pot Is Legal, Prescriptions for Pain, Depression, Anxiety and Sleep Drop: Study

When people have legal access to marijuana, they're less likely to take certain prescription drugs, new research suggests.

U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal have seen large drops in the use of prescription drugs for pain, depression, anxiety, sleep, psych...

19 Apr
Estrogen, Testosterone Deficiencies May Raise Risk of Rotator Cuff Tears

Estrogen, Testosterone Deficiencies May Raise Risk of Rotator Cuff Tears

Lower levels of sex hormones might be tied to tears of the shoulder's rotator cuff in men and women, a new study suggests.

Among women with low levels of estrogen, researchers...

14 Apr
What Works Best for Ruptured Achilles Tendons?

What Works Best for Ruptured Achilles Tendons?

A ruptured Achilles tendon can reduce a weekend warrior to a limping one. And there's no single right way to treat it.

People who've suffered this common injury may fare just as well with

14 Apr
1 in 5 Medicare Patients Use Medical Marijuana: Survey

1 in 5 Medicare Patients Use Medical Marijuana: Survey

One in five Medicare recipients use medical marijuana and two-thirds say it should be covered by Medicare, a new survey reveals.

Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states, four...

05 Apr
Gun Violence Wreaks Havoc on Lives of Survivors, Their Families

Gun Violence Wreaks Havoc on Lives of Survivors, Their Families

Gun violence can cause significant, long-lasting mental harm to survivors and their families, according to a new study.

In the year after their injury, survivors are at increased risk for pain, mental health and substance use disorders. Their family members also have hig...

04 Apr
Big Drop Seen in Kids Getting Opioids After Surgery

Big Drop Seen in Kids Getting Opioids After Surgery

Efforts to cut back on risky opioid use for pain after surgery are trickling down to kids.

New research shows that fewer Americans under the age of 18 were prescribed narcotics to treat surgical pain between 2014 and 2017, and these numbers dropped even more rapidly begi...

29 Mar
COVID Can Leave People With Lingering Nerve Damage

COVID Can Leave People With Lingering Nerve Damage

For many people, damage from COVID-19 continues well beyond the initial infection. A case in point: Pain, tingling and numbness in the hands and feet can occur for weeks or months afterward, a new study reveals.

The researchers surveyed more than 1,550 patients who under...

24 Mar
Men Offered Surgery More Often Than Women When Carpal Tunnel Strikes

Men Offered Surgery More Often Than Women When Carpal Tunnel Strikes

Men are more likely than women to be offered surgery to ease carpal tunnel syndrome, but a small new study from one hospital suggests that gender may have nothing to do with the disparity.

Instead, the difference may exist because the condition tends to be more severe i...

22 Mar
Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

Arthritis? Back Pain? Medical Pot May Help You Avoid Opioid Painkillers

Medical marijuana could be a viable alternative to opioid painkillers for people dealing with arthritis or chronic back pain, two new studies show.

Many patients prescr...

20 Mar
Endometriosis: It's Not Just Painful Periods

Endometriosis: It's Not Just Painful Periods

Chronic pelvic pain -- typically during menstruation -- is the most common indication of endometriosis, an incurable inflammatory condition that can cause infertility, an expert says.

About 10% of women have the disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus gro...

08 Mar
Looking to Neanderthals to Explain Today's Lower Back Pain

Looking to Neanderthals to Explain Today's Lower Back Pain

A comparison of Neanderthal and modern human spines suggests lifestyle habits of 21st century people lie behind widespread back pain, researchers say.

Anthropologists focused on the spine's curvature, which is partly influenced by wedging, or angling, of vertebrae and th...

04 Mar
Menopause May Mean More Sleep Apnea and  Painful Joints

Menopause May Mean More Sleep Apnea and  Painful Joints

Sleep apnea may be linked with joint pain and fatigue in postmenopausal women, a new study suggests.

"This study highlights an opportunity to increase identification of women with OSA [obstructive slee...

23 Feb
FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine

FDA Warns of Rising Dangers of Unapproved Drug Tianeptine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued another pointed warning about the dangers posed by tianeptine, an antidepressant that is not

23 Feb
Millions of Americans Are Taking Risky Opioid/Sedative Combo

Millions of Americans Are Taking Risky Opioid/Sedative Combo

Millions of American adults take a potentially deadly duo of prescription opioid painkillers and sedatives at the same time, researchers warn.

The side effects of concurrent use of op...

14 Feb
A Non-Opioid Way to Pain Relief After Knee, Shoulder Surgeries

A Non-Opioid Way to Pain Relief After Knee, Shoulder Surgeries

Two new studies on pain relief suggest there is a safer alternative to addictive opioid painkillers after knee and shoulder surgery.

The findings dovetail with changes to voluntary

11 Feb
Regular Use of Acetaminophen Tied to Higher Heart Risks

Regular Use of Acetaminophen Tied to Higher Heart Risks

Acetaminophen may do wonders for a headache, but using it for long-term pain relief could prove risky for people with high blood pressure, a new clinical trial suggests.

Over two weeks of use, the painkiller caused blood pressure to spike in people who already had elevat...

11 Feb
Could OTC Painkillers Raise Your Odds for Tinnitus?

Could OTC Painkillers Raise Your Odds for Tinnitus?

Frequent use of common, over-the-counter painkillers such as aspirin and Tylenol isn't risk-free, with new research suggesting it may increase your risk of tinnitus, or "ringing in the ears."

A study of more than 69,000 women found that, in addition to aspirin and Tylen...

11 Feb
Depression Levels High Among People With Spinal Cord Injuries

Depression Levels High Among People With Spinal Cord Injuries

Adults with spinal cord injuries have a high risk of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues -- and chronic pain is a major factor, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed private insurance claims from more than 9,000 U.S. adults with a traumatic s...

10 Feb
CDC Issues Proposed Changes to Opioid Painkiller Guidelines

CDC Issues Proposed Changes to Opioid Painkiller Guidelines

Proposed changes to voluntary federal guidelines for prescribing opioid painkillers emphasize that doctors should first try other treatments for acute and chronic pain.

The non-opioid treatment options suggested by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention incl...

28 Jan
Rehab or Steroid Shots: What's Best for Arthritic Knees?

Rehab or Steroid Shots: What's Best for Arthritic Knees?

Physical therapy for knee arthritis tends to cost patients more out-of-pocket and involves a lot more hassle than a quick steroid shot to soothe an aching joint.

But in the long run, physical therapy is at least as cost-effective as steroid injections and is more likely ...

26 Jan
Fat Injections Might Ease Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Fat Injections Might Ease Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Belly fat is usually unwelcome, but new research suggests it may actually be good for something: relief from foot pain.

A small pilot study suggests that an injection of a patient's own fat cells can help ease the often-excruciating heel pain brought on by a condition kn...

24 Jan
Are Pins or a Cast Better for a Broken Wrist?

Are Pins or a Cast Better for a Broken Wrist?

A cast is as good as metal pins for treating a broken wrist, researchers report.

A broken wrist in which bone fragments move out of their normal alignment is called a displaced wrist fra...

21 Jan
Few Countries Do Well Caring for the Dying

Few Countries Do Well Caring for the Dying

Americans don't like to dwell on dying, so maybe it isn't surprising that compared to other nations, the United States does just a middling job of providing a good death.

The United States ranked in the middle of 81 countries rated on how well their health care systems p...

20 Jan
Visiting a 'Dental Fear' Clinic Can Help Improve a Child's Smile

Visiting a 'Dental Fear' Clinic Can Help Improve a Child's Smile

If the sound of a dental drill sends shivers up your spine, you're likely in good company: Finnish researchers say that one of every two adults fear the dentist at least a little, while one in 10 are very afraid.

But the researchers added that a local dentistry program h...

19 Jan
No Side Effects From Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Worry, It's Still Working

No Side Effects From Your COVID Vaccine? Don't Worry, It's Still Working

Even if you don't have side effects from your COVID-19 vaccine, it's likely still working to protect you, a reassuring new report shows.

Many people who receive the ...

18 Jan
Do You Feel Old? It Could Be Aging You

Do You Feel Old? It Could Be Aging You

People who believe their bodies and minds will break down with age may be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, a recent study suggests.

Researchers found that older adults with a dim outlook on aging tended to report more physical health symptoms on days when they were s...

13 Jan
Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

The opioid addict you know might not be the college kid who has always dabbled in alcohol and drugs.

It could be your grandparent.

Opioid misuse doesn't discriminate by age -- and rates are rising steadily among adults aged 55 and up,

30 Dec
Experts Issue Guidelines on Diabetes-Linked Nerve Damage

Experts Issue Guidelines on Diabetes-Linked Nerve Damage

A leading medical group has updated a guideline for treating pain and numbness caused by diabetes.

The problems, which affect the hands and feet, are the result of nerve damage, also known as

17 Dec
Are Opioid Painkillers Needed Weeks After Heart Surgery? Maybe Not

Are Opioid Painkillers Needed Weeks After Heart Surgery? Maybe Not

Recovery from heart surgery can bring some pain. But a new study suggests patients don't need potentially addictive prescription opioids to control that post-op discomfor...

15 Dec
Too Many Fertility Specialists Still Use a Painful, Useless Procedure: Study

Too Many Fertility Specialists Still Use a Painful, Useless Procedure: Study

Couples struggling to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) sometimes are offered an often-painful procedure known as "scratching the womb" as a desperate last hope to get pregnant.

As many as one-third of IVF clinics offer the practice in Australia, New ...

14 Dec
Did Pandemic Lockdowns Worsen the Epidemic of Opioid Abuse?

Did Pandemic Lockdowns Worsen the Epidemic of Opioid Abuse?

Pandemic lockdowns may have led fewer Americans to seek pain treatment last year, but folks who did seek help had higher-than-usual odds of receiving dangerous opioid painkillers, a new study says.

And that could lead to a worsening of the opioid epidemic, researchers su...

01 Dec
Getting a Pacemaker Can Raise Odds for Opioid Abuse

Getting a Pacemaker Can Raise Odds for Opioid Abuse

People who are prescribed opioid painkillers after receiving a heart pacemaker or defibrillator may be at risk for opioid abuse -- and the higher the initial dose, the greater the risk, according to a new study.

“The significance of this study is to make other electrop...

30 Nov
Long-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue: Study

Long-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue: Study

The often debilitating condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be common among COVID-19 long-haulers.

That’s the key takeaway from a fresh look at patients who continue to struggle with severe fatigue, poor sleep, brain fog, muscle aches and pains long a...

23 Nov
Addictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

Addictive Opioid Painkillers Might Not Be Needed After Knee Surgery

Addictive opioid painkillers aren't the only option for patients seeking relief following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction, researchers say.

As the United States wrestles with skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the findings m...

22 Nov
Many Psychiatric Patients Are Getting Risky Drug Gabapentin 'Off-Label'

Many Psychiatric Patients Are Getting Risky Drug Gabapentin 'Off-Label'

Most prescriptions for the medication gabapentin are for unapproved uses -- and many patients end up taking it along with drugs that create potentially dangerous interactions.

That's the conclusion of a new study that looked at "off-label" use of gabapentin. In the Unite...

17 Nov
FDA OKs Virtual Reality System to Ease Back Pain

FDA OKs Virtual Reality System to Ease Back Pain

A 3-D virtual reality system to treat back pain was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday.

The EaseVRx system is a prescription device for at-home use that combines cognitive behavioral therapy and other behavioral methods to treat patients 18 and ...

12 Nov
Exercise Helps Ease Arm, Shoulder Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

Exercise Helps Ease Arm, Shoulder Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

Arm and shoulder pain are common for women after breast cancer surgery, and beginning a supervised exercise program soon afterwards can go a long way to easing the discomfort, new research suggests.

As the team of British investigators explained, restricted shoulder move...

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