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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Minority Patients Less Likely to Receive Analgesic Medications for Abdominal Pain

Nov. 17, 2015 — Minority patients with acute abdominal pain are less likely to receive analgesic medications, compared to their white counterparts, new American research ... read more

Researchers Find New Risk Posed by Opioid Pain Medication

Nov. 17, 2015 — Patients with no recent history of taking opioid pain medication had a 25 percent higher risk of chronically using the drugs if they received them when discharged from the hospital, according to ... read more

Researchers Call for Investment in Cancer Control in Low And Middle-Income Countries

Nov. 12, 2015 — Investments in cancer control -- prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care -- are increasingly needed in low- and, particularly, middle-income countries, where most of the ... read more

Angina Is Linked With Abnormal Heart Blood Flow in Patients With Female-Pattern Heart Disease

Nov. 11, 2015 — Chest pain in female-pattern heart disease is linked with abnormal heart blood flow, demonstrated with a drug commonly used to alleviate chest pain patients with coronary artery disease, which was ... read more

PCI Reduces Need for Additional Drug Even When Blockages Remain

Nov. 10, 2015 — Heart patients who had undergone an angioplasty procedure that opened only some blocked arteries tended to have a resolution of their chest pain, making it unnecessary to add another medication to ... read more

Prescription Painkillers Source of Addiction for Most Women

Nov. 9, 2015 — More than half (52%) of women and a third (38%) of men reported doctor-prescribed painkillers as their first contact with opioid drugs, a family of drugs which include prescription medicines such ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research. If the finding, discovered in rats, is confirmed in ... read more

Poverty Influences Effects of Race and Education on Pain After Knee Replacement Surgery

Nov. 9, 2015 — Findings suggest that lower socioeconomic status at the community level significantly increases the risk of pain and poor function following a knee ... read more

Body Mass Index May Be a Key to Achieving Sustained Remission in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis

Nov. 8, 2015 — Being overweight or obese can reduce the likelihood of achieving sustained remission of early rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research ... read more

Promising Treatment for Scleroderma-Related Interstitial Lung Disease

Nov. 8, 2015 — Mycophenolate mofitil is as effective as cyclophosphamide in treating interstitial lung disease in people with scleroderma, according to new ... read more

Effectiveness and Cost-Effectivness of Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

Nov. 8, 2015 — Spacing exercise-based physical therapy sessions over a 12-month period while using three additional “booster” sessions periodically has been shown to be more cost effective than alternative ... read more

Ozone Gas Injections May Do the Trick for Knee Osteoarthritis Sufferers

Nov. 8, 2015 — Injecting ozone gas into the knee reduces pain and improves functioning and quality of life in people with knee osteoarthritis, according to new ... read more

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms Curbed by Bariatric Surgery

Nov. 8, 2015 — Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis symptoms were significantly lessened in patients who underwent bariatric -- or weight loss -- surgery, according to researchers. According to the study's ... read more

Tai Chi Found to Be as Effective as Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

Nov. 7, 2015 — Both Tai Chi and physical therapy positively impact pain, function and other symptoms of knee osteoarthritis – making Tai Chi a viable treatment alternative for people suffering with the ... read more

Exercise Program in Senior Centers Helps Decrease Participants' Pain and Improve Mobility

Nov. 7, 2015 — A study finds that a low-impact exercise program is improving quality of life for many older adults with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. The program, offered by Hospital for Special ... read more

Most Patients Still Have Improved Mobility, Less Joint Pain Three Years After Weight-Loss Surgery

Nov. 4, 2015 — After weight-loss surgery, 57 percent of patients with significant mobility issues before surgery no longer had them and about 70 percent of those with severe knee and hip pain or disability, ... read more

Resistance Exercise During Pregnancy Has Perceived Positive Effects

Nov. 4, 2015 — Resistance exercise during pregnancy has perceived positive effects. Swimming, walking and other mild physical activities, along with avoidance of resistance exercise, are often recommended for ... read more

Study Identifies Patients Most Likely to Have Joint Pain Reduction After Bariatric Surgery

Nov. 4, 2015 — In the three years following bariatric surgery, the majority of patients experience an improvement in pain and walking ability. A new study went on to identify key patient characteristics that can ... read more

Trial Reveals Evidence of Long-Term Benefits for People With Chronic Neck Pain

Nov. 2, 2015 — Chronic neck pain is a difficult condition to treat, and previous research shows that single interventions generally do not provide long term benefits. Now a large scale investigation has found that ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A new study of sleepwalkers found an intriguing paradox: Although sleepwalkers have an increased risk for headaches and migraines while awake, during sleepwalking episodes they are unlikely to feel ... read more

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