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August 29, 2015

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August 29, 2015

Quitting Smoking After Heart Attack Gives Quick Boost to Mental Health, Quality of Life

Aug. 25, 2015 — A new study shows that quitting smoking after a heart attack has immediate benefits, including less chest pain, better quality of daily life and improved mental health. Many of these improvements ... read more

Reducing Pain During Vaccination: New Guideline to Help Manage Pain in Children and Adults

Aug. 24, 2015 — A new guideline aims to ensure that pain during vaccination is minimized in both children and ... read more

Dentists Tapped for New Role: Drug Screenings

Aug. 13, 2015 — A visit to the dentist has the potential to be more than a checkup of our teeth as patients are increasingly screened for medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes. A new study focuses on ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — More and more mothers facing childbirth are asking for a cesarean. There are many reasons for this, ranging from the social and cultural to the personal, such as fear about the birth. A review ... read more

Generalized Anxiety Disorders Twice as Likely in Those With Inflammatory Bowel Disease

July 29, 2015 — People who have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, have twice the odds of having a generalized anxiety disorder at some point in their lives when ... read more

Anti-Inflammatory Drug Acts Against Ovarian Cancer, Scientists Find

July 28, 2015 — A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called ketorolac helped women with ovarian cancer to survive longer, researchers report. Ketorolac, marketed as Toradol®, is approved for clinical use ... read more

New Therapy Delivers Long-Term Relief for Chronic Back, Leg Pain, Study Finds

July 28, 2015 — Patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy experienced significantly greater, long-term relief for both chronic back and leg pain, when compared to a ... read more

Link Between Mood, Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

July 28, 2015 — Depressive symptoms and mood in the moment may predict momentary pain among rheumatoid arthritis patients, according to researchers. Individuals in the study who reported greater depressive symptoms ... read more

Know It's a Placebo? Study Shows the 'Medicine' Could Still Work

July 24, 2015 — A new study shoes that under certain conditions, research participants who know a treatment they are receiving to ease pain is a placebo with no medical value, it still ... read more

'Watch' Helps Surgeons Minimize Potential Risks of All-Inside Meniscal Repair

July 24, 2015 — A 'Watch' has been issued regarding potential risks with anchor-based all-inside meniscal repairs. While all-inside techniques have many advantages, including shorter surgical time and ... read more

Patient Satisfaction Is Good Indicator of Success After Spinal Surgery

July 24, 2015 — Patient satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease--especially in terms of reduced pain and disability--are a good indicator of the procedure's effectiveness, reports a ... read more

Preventing Knee Pain in at-Risk Adults With Diabetes

July 23, 2015 — An intensive program of diet and exercise had a small but statistically significant protective effect against the development of knee pain in the short term among overweight adults with diabetes, a ... read more

U.S. South Asians More Reluctant to Seek Medication for Pain

July 23, 2015 — When compared with other ethnicities, Asians are the most unsatisfied with the health care they received in the United States, previous research has shown. This dissatisfaction with health care ... read more

Acupuncture Impacts Same Biologic Pathways in Rats That Pain Drugs Target in Humans

July 21, 2015 — In animal models, acupuncture appears to impact the same biologic pathways ramped up by pain and stress, analogous to what drugs do in humans. The researchers say their animal study provides the ... read more

Former Professional Rugby Players Have Greater Cervical Spine Degeneration

July 21, 2015 — Clinical examinations and magnetic resonance imaging studies have determined whether retired professional rugby players experience more serious symptoms of cervical spine degeneration than people in ... read more

Inhaled Cannabis Shown Effective for Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

July 20, 2015 — Inhaled cannabis reduces diabetic neuropathy and the analgesic effect is dose-dependent, new research suggests. Researchers conducted a randomized, double-blind study evaluating 16 subjects to assess ... read more

Most Chronic Pain Patients Use Alternative Therapies, but Many Don't Tell Their Doctors

July 20, 2015 — More than half of chronic pain patients in a managed care setting reported using chiropractic care or acupuncture or both, but many of these patients didn't discuss this care with their primary ... read more

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technique Could Transform Learning

July 16, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a new technique to enhance brain excitability that could improve physical performance in healthy individuals such as athletes and ... read more

Many Opioid Overdoses Linked to Lower Prescribed Doses, Intermittent Use

July 15, 2015 — Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who aren't chronic users with high prescribed opioid doses -- the groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines, ... read more

Combined Use of Antidepressants and Painkillers Linked to Bleeding Risk

July 14, 2015 — Taking a combination of antidepressants and common painkillers is associated with an increased risk of bleeding soon after starting treatment, finds a new study. The researchers say their results may ... read more

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