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Anti-hepatitis medicine surprises
A new effective treatment of hepatitis C not only combats the virus, but is also effective against potentially fatal complications such as reduced liver functioning and cirrhosis. (2019-12-05)
Taming chronic inflammation may reduce illness, save lives
Scientists from 22 institutions, including UCLA, are recommending early diagnosis, prevention and treatment of severe chronic inflammation to reduce the risk of chronic disease and death worldwide. (2019-12-05)
Chronic disease prevention could ease opioid crisis
Preventing chronic disease could help curb the opioid epidemic, according to research from the University of Georgia. (2019-12-05)
Domestic abuse survivors twice at risk of long-term illnesses
Female survivors of domestic abuse are at double the risk of developing long-term illnesses that cause widespread bodily pain and extreme tiredness, shows a study by the universities of Birmingham and Warwick. (2019-12-05)
In sickness and in health: Study looks at how married couples face chronic conditions
When they said their wedding vows, many of them promised to stand by one another in sickness and in health. (2019-12-03)
A common drug could help restore limb function after spinal cord injury
Long-term treatment with gabapentin, a commonly prescribed drug for nerve pain, could help restore upper limb function after a spinal cord injury, new research in mice suggests. (2019-12-03)
Chronic opioid treatment may raise risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, study finds
While opioids are often prescribed to treat people with trauma-related pain, a new UCLA-led study suggests doctors should use caution before prescribing the drug to those they believe may experience severe stress in the future, in order to reduce the risk the patient will develop PTSD. (2019-12-03)
Study highlights 'worrying' increase in misuse of non-opioid medications
A major new analysis of the non-opioid medications, gabapentin and baclofen, shows 'worrying' increases in related suicide attempts and hospital admissions in US adults since 2013 -- coinciding with a decrease in opioid prescriptions. (2019-12-02)
Why stress doesn't always cause depression
Rats susceptible to anhedonia, a core symptom of depression, possess more serotonin neurons after being exposed to chronic stress, but the effect can be reversed through amygdala activation, according to new research in JNeurosci. (2019-12-02)
Chronic opioid treatment may increase PTSD risk
Long-term (chronic) treatment with opioids, such as morphine, prior to trauma enhances fear learning in mice, according to a study published in Neuropsychopharmacology. (2019-12-01)
Experts call for more active prevention of tooth decay for children's teeth
Three-year trial comparing three treatment strategies for tooth decay in children's teeth finds no evidence to suggest that conventional fillings are more successful than sealing decay into teeth, or using preventive methods alone. (2019-11-27)
Activation of opioid receptor uncovered
Together with colleagues from Shanghai, Brussels, Canada and the USA, researchers from the University of Bonn have uncovered the binding mechanism of an important pain receptor. (2019-11-27)
New migraine medications could endanger patients with high blood pressure
New migraine medications block αCGRP, a neuropeptide which causes vasodilation, for example in the meninges. (2019-11-26)
People who qualify for Medicare due to disability account for most opioid-related deaths
New findings from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that Medicare beneficiaries who qualify because of a disability are a growing group of patients hospitalized for opioid or heroin overdose and account for 25 percent of deaths from prescription opioid overdose each year. (2019-11-26)
New study shows how cancer survivors develop opioid addictions
Opioids play an important role in how cancer patients manage pain, but the ongoing opioid epidemic has raised concerns about their potential for abuse. (2019-11-22)
Excellent mental health for 2/3 of Indigenous people off reserve
Two-thirds of Indigenous people living off reserve in Canada have excellent mental health, according to a nationally representative study conducted by the University of Toronto and Algoma University. (2019-11-21)
Fighting opioids with an unlikely supplemental painkiller: Anti-itch medicine
West Virginia University researcher Shane Kaski is investigating whether an anti-itch medication that targets a specific part of our nerve cells can make morphine -- which targets a different part--more effective. (2019-11-21)
A new link between migraines, opioid overuse may be key to treating pain
Researchers have discovered that a peptide links together migraine pain and pain induced by opioid overuse. (2019-11-20)
Majority of childhood sex-abuse survivors achieve complete mental health
Two-thirds of the childhood sexual-abuse survivors met the criteria for complete mental health, this study found. (2019-11-19)
Yoga and physical therapy as treatment for chronic lower back pain also improves sleep
Yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, according to a new study from Boston Medical Center. (2019-11-19)
Daily cannabis use lowers odds of using illicit opioids among people who have chronic pain
For those using illicit opioids to manage their chronic pain, cannabis may be a beneficial -- and a less dangerous -- alternative, according to new research from the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU). (2019-11-19)
Chronic opioid therapy can disrupt sleep, increase risk of sleep disorders
Patients and medical providers should be aware that chronic opioid use can interfere with sleep by reducing sleep efficiency and increasing the risk of sleep-disordered breathing, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. (2019-11-19)
Opioid prescription doses are increasingly being tapered, often more rapidly than recommended
Stigma and safety fears have made daily dose tapering of opioid prescriptions more common. (2019-11-18)
Patients with advanced breast cancer are being denied access to life-prolonging drug
Survival for patients with the most common forms of advanced breast cancer could be substantially improved if both younger and older patients had access to a group of anti-cancer drugs called CDK4/6 inhibitors, according to experts at the Advanced Breast Cancer Fifth International Consensus Conference (ABC5) in Lisbon today (Saturday). (2019-11-18)
Older Mexican American adults experiencing pain are at risk of developing frailty
Researchers funded by NIH have found that older Mexican Americans who suffer from pain were 1.7 times likelier to become frail, compared to study participants who did not report pain. (2019-11-15)
Improving trauma pain outcomes
A 7-year prospective cohort study from the Corporal Michael J. (2019-11-13)
Regular use of prescription drugs for pain and sleep increases frailty risk by 95 percent
Regular use of prescription drugs for pain and sleep increases frailty risk by 95 percent among older adults. (2019-11-13)
Depression linked to nutrition in middle-aged and older Canadians
Your diet can put you at risk of depression, according to a new study. (2019-11-12)
Australian women turning to cannabis to treat endometriosis symptoms
A new study published today in Journal of Obstetrics Gynaecology Canada has found one in eight Australian women with endometriosis use cannabis to alleviate pain and other symptoms, rating the plant based medicine as the most effective way to self-manage the disorder. (2019-11-11)
Injectable, flexible electrode could replace rigid nerve-stimulating implants
By electrically stimulating nerves, neuromodulation therapies can reduce epileptic seizures, soothe chronic pain, and treat depression and a host of other health conditions without the use of conventional drugs like opioids. (2019-11-11)
Opioids offer minor pain relief and function benefits, but no quality of life benefit
New research presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting suggests that opioids contribute no measurable benefit to quality of life or depression for patients with osteoarthritis (OA). (2019-11-09)
Opioid use hospitalization rates increased for patients with common rheumatic diseases
New research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting show an increase in opioid-use disorder (OUD) hospitalizations among patients with five musculoskeletal conditions, trends that healthcare providers, policy makers and patients need to be more aware of to help prevent opioid use disorder-related morbidity and mortality. (2019-11-09)
Low-dose oral prednisolone substantially improves pain and function in hand OA
Research presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting found that a six-week treatment with low-dose oral prednisolone substantially improves pain and decreases signs of inflammation in patients with painful hand osteoarthritis. (2019-11-09)
Methotrexate reduces joint damage progression over placebo in erosive hand OA
According to new research findings presented at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, methotrexate did not demonstrate superior efficacy over placebo for pain relief and function evolution at three and 12 months in patients with erosive hand osteoarthritis, but did significantly reduce the progression of joint damage over placebo and seems to facilitate bone remodeling in these patients. (2019-11-09)
Immersion in virtual reality scenes of the Arctic helps to ease people's pain
Watching immersive 360 videos of icy Arctic scenes helps to relieve intense burning pain and could hold hope for treating chronic pain, a small study has found. (2019-11-08)
New tool predicts five-year risk of chronic kidney disease
A new risk calculator tool that uses a mix of variables including age, hypertension, and diabetes status can be used to predict accurately whether someone is likely to develop chronic kidney disease within five years. (2019-11-08)
AI could help diagnose dogs suffering from chronic pain and Chiari-like malformation
A new artificial intelligence (AI) technique developed by the University of Surrey could eventually help veterinarians quickly identify Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (CKCS) dogs with a chronic disease that causes crippling pain. (2019-11-07)
Poor sleep may affect cognitive abilities and behavior of children with kidney disease
Many children with chronic kidney disease report fatigue and problems with sleep. (2019-11-07)
VA investigates impact of opioids, sedatives on veterans
Nearly 20 veterans kill themselves each day in the United States, a statistic that has led the Department of Veterans Affairs to make suicide prevention its highest priority and to recognize the risks from the simultaneous use of opioids and benzodiazepines. (2019-11-06)
'Vaping': The BfR advises against self-mixing e-liquids
'Vapers' should avoid mixing e-liquids for their electronic (e-) cigarettes themselves. (2019-11-06)
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