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BU researchers find opioid prescriptions linked to obesity
Two new studies from the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) shed light on the relationship between obesity and the use of prescription opioids in the United States. (2020-04-02)
Researchers gain new insights into pain signaling in the brain
In a new study, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have mapped how a potent neuropeptide binds to a brain receptor involved in causing human pain. (2020-03-31)
More research on addiction potential needed for use of opioids to treat children's pain
A pair of new studies led by University of Alberta pediatricians indicate that parents are more reluctant to have opioids prescribed for their children than doctors are to prescribe them. (2020-03-25)
UC identifies populations most at risk of opiate addiction
UC's Health Geography and Disease Modeling Laboratory found that white males ages 30 to 39 were most at risk of fatal overdoses in Ohio. (2020-03-19)
Opioid withdrawal increases health risks for people who inject drugs
Experiencing the symptoms of opioid withdrawal increases the odds that a person who injects drugs will share needles or have a non-fatal overdose, according to new USC study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence. (2020-03-18)
A new strategy for the management of inflammatory pain
A group of researchers from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin has discovered a new mechanism of long-lasting pain relief. (2020-03-16)
Ouch: Patients prescribed opioids after tooth extraction report worse pain
The use of opioids to soothe the pain of a pulled tooth could be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether from dentistry, say University of Michigan researchers. (2020-03-13)
Predicting appropriate opioid prescriptions post-cesarean delivery
Knowing the amount of opioids taken following cesarean section surgery and before discharge can inform individualized prescriptions and cut down on unnecessary, leftover pills that could be used for non-medical purposes, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (2020-03-09)
UArizona study identifies hormone that causes women to experience more pain than men
A University of Arizona Health Sciences research team led by Dr. (2020-03-04)
On the path toward non-addictive painkillers
Opioid-containing painkillers have severe side effects and have also been associated with extensive misuse, particularly in the United States. (2020-03-03)
'Start low, go slow' still applies for pain management, especially for older patients
Chronic pain affects a large proportion of older adults and most long-term care residents. (2020-03-02)
Surgeons cut opioid prescriptions by 64 percent using a new multipronged program
Surgeons in a large health-care system in central Texas implemented a pain management program that reduced longer-term opioid prescriptions by two-thirds. (2020-03-02)
Opioids for chronic non-cancer pain doubled in quarter century
A review of 24 years of global research has shown opioid prescribing doubled between 1991-2015, with demand most common for chronic conditions such as chronic lower back pain, finds University of Sydney-led research. (2020-02-25)
Study: Patients commonly prescribed opioids and antibiotics for dental conditions at EDs
A study in the March issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that antibiotics and opioids are frequently prescribed during emergency department visits for dental conditions, further emphasizing the need for continued efforts to combat both opioid abuse and overuse of antibiotics. (2020-02-24)
Outreach effective for opioid use disorder long-term treatment
Proactive outreach, including knocking on the doors of individuals who recently overdosed on opioids, can be an effective way to engage more people who have opioid use disorder with long-term care, according to researchers at UTHealth. (2020-02-20)
Study points to better medical diagnosis through levitating human blood
New research from the UBC's Okanagan campus, Harvard Medical School and Michigan State University suggests that levitating human plasma may lead to faster, more reliable, portable and simpler disease detection. (2020-02-19)
Cancer screening among women prescribed opioids
US women who take prescription opioids are no less likely to receive key cancer screenings when compared to women who are not prescribed opioids. (2020-02-18)
Telemedicine helps pregnant women tackle taboo issue
Getting pregnant while on opioids is a serious concern. Research by Medical University of South Carolina investigators reported in JAMA Network Open could ensure more women get the right help via telemedicine. (2020-02-11)
Study: Higher opioid doses fail to lessen pain
Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and three universities looked at prescribing data on more than 50,000 VA patients taking opioids and found that increased doses did not improve pain control. (2020-02-05)
More than half of US opioid prescriptions for dental procedures exceeded 3-day supply recommendations from CDC 2016 guidelines
Dentists are among top prescribers of opioids in the US, however, whether their opioid prescribing exceeds guidance had not been investigated. (2020-02-04)
More than half of dental prescriptions for opioids exceed pain-management guidelines
A new study suggests that roughly half of the opioid prescriptions written by dentists in the United States exceed the 3-day supply recommended by federal dental pain-management guidelines. (2020-02-04)
'Levitating' proteins could help diagnose opioid abuse, other diseases
Researchers at the Precision Health Program have helped develop a new method called 'magnetic levitation' for detecting the density of proteins in the blood -- a method that could vastly improve the rate at which diseases are detected and diagnosed. (2020-02-04)
Natural herb kratom may have therapeutic effects and relatively low potential for abuse or harm, according to a user survey
Using results of a survey of more than 2,700 self-reported users of the herbal supplement kratom, sold online and in smoke shops around the U.S., Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers conclude that the psychoactive compound somewhat similar to opioids likely has a lower rate of harm than prescription opioids for treating pain, anxiety, depression and addiction. (2020-02-03)
Siri, help me quit -- what does your smart device say when you ask for help with addiction?
A new study published in Nature Partner Journal's Digital Medicine finds that the leading intelligent virtual assistants fail to understand questions about where to find help for substance misuse. (2020-01-29)
Opioid dependence found to permanently change brains of rats
Approximately one-quarter of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them, with five to 10 percent developing an opioid use disorder or addiction. (2020-01-24)
UCI researchers identify a connection between early life adversity and opioid addiction
Individuals with a history of early life adversity (ELA) are disproportionately prone to opioid addiction. (2020-01-24)
For low back pain in older adults, treatment doesn't match guidelines
Many Medicare patients with new episodes of low back pain receive care inconsistent with current guidelines -- including high use of opioids and advanced imaging tests, reports a study in the February issue of Medical Care. (2020-01-23)
Program reduces narcotic prescriptions after surgery with over-the-counter pain medicine
Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital are stemming the tide of addiction to prescription opioids by managing patients' pain after surgery. (2020-01-22)
Controlled-release opioid may be leading to heart infections in persons who inject drugs
A new study from ICES, Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University suggests that injection drug users prescribed controlled-release hydromorphone are three times more likely to develop endocarditis, a serious bacterial heart infection, when compared to those prescribed other opioids. (2020-01-22)
Opioid prescriptions affected by computer settings
Researchers found that when default settings, showing a preset number of opioid pills, were modified downward, physicians prescribed fewer pills. (2020-01-21)
Most youths surviving opioid overdose not getting timely treatment to avoid recurrence
A study of more than 4 million Medicaid claims records during a recent seven-year period concludes that less than a third of the nearly 3,800 US adolescents and young adults who experienced a nonfatal opioid overdose got timely (within 30 days) follow-up addiction treatment to curb or prevent future misuse and reduce the risk of a second overdose. (2020-01-16)
Focus on opioids and cannabis in chronic pain media coverage
New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found. (2020-01-16)
Study examines opioid involvement in US drug overdoses
A recent analysis published in Addiction reveals how fatal overdoses involving stimulants (cocaine and other psychostimulants, primarily methamphetamine) have been increasing over the past few years. (2020-01-08)
Views of rural US adults on serious health, economic issues in their communities
Nationally representative surveys from 2018 and 2019 were used to examine the views of adults in the rural US on the serious health and economic problems facing their communities, including the cost and access to health care and addiction to opioids. (2020-01-08)
This drug could save their lives, but less than 2% of them get it
Only a tiny minority of people at risk for an opioid overdose actually are prescribed a drug that could save their lives, a new study suggests. (2020-01-08)
Shifting clinic culture to address the opioid epidemic
At a family medicine clinic in the Boston area, a team led by faculty from Tufts University School of Medicine conducted a five-year case study where they found medical facilities can help physicians to treat chronic pain in a way that will deter opioid misuse, while creating better processes to identify and treat patients who develop an opioid use disorder. (2020-01-08)
Federal data undercounts fatal overdose deaths caused by specific drugs
The number of drug overdose deaths is severely undercounted by the federal government. (2020-01-07)
FDA documents analysis reveals inadequate monitoring of safe opioid use program
A risk-management program set up in 2012 by the US Food and Drug Administration to curb improper prescribing of extended-release and long-acting opioids may not have been effective because of shortcomings in the program's design and execution, according to a paper from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2020-01-07)
Cannabis edibles present novel health risks
With the recent legalization of cannabis edibles in Canada, physicians and the public must be aware of the novel risks of cannabis edibles, argue authors in a commentary in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2020-01-06)
When automotive assembly plants close, deaths from opioid overdoses rise
Closing of local automotive assembly plants may lead to increases in deaths from opioid overdose, according to a study led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts General Hospital. (2019-12-30)
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