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Health Tip: When a Child Complains of Back Pain

Posted 6 days ago by

-- Back pain is not typical in children, and can signal something more serious. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says your child should see a doctor if your child complains of back pain along with any of these additional symptoms: Losing weight, or running a fever. Having weakness or numbness. Having difficulty walking. Having pain that travels down both legs. Developing trouble with the bladder or bowels. Having pain that interferes with sleep. Read more

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Chronic Pain May Trigger Many Cases of Painkiller Addiction: Survey

Posted 19 days ago by

THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Chronic pain may be a major driver behind the recent surge in addiction to prescription painkillers, a new survey finds. Opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse in the United States are among the country's biggest public health threats, the researchers said. And, more than eight in 10 people abusing prescription drugs said they were doing so to treat pain. "While the association between chronic pain and drug addiction has been observed in prior studies, this study goes one step further to quantify how many of these patients are using these substances specifically to treat chronic pain," said study corresponding author Dr. Daniel Alford. "It also measures the prevalence of chronic pain in patients who screen positive for illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse," Alford said in a Boston University news release. He is director of the Safe and Competent ... Read more

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Seniors: Pump Iron, Live Longer

Posted 4 May 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – You probably already know that strength training, such as lifting weights or doing pushups, is good for you, but now new research suggests it may help you live longer, too. When people 65 and older did strength training twice a week, they lowered their odds of dying from any cause by almost half during a 15-year study. "The secret to a longer and healthier life may not be available in pill form, but it may look like a barbell," said lead study author Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski. She's an assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, in Hershey, Pa. "Strength training can substantially decrease mortality risk, and more importantly, some of our other work demonstrates the impact of strength training on improving functional limitations [in older people]," she added. The study included data on more than 30,000 adults, ... Read more

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Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Spinal fusion surgery is too often used to treat lower back pain when a simpler procedure would suffice for many patients, according to a pair of new clinical trials. People suffering from spinal stenosis – pinched nerves caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal – received similar pain relief with fewer complications when doctors performed a simpler spine surgery called decompression, as opposed to a full-fledged spinal fusion, a study from Sweden found. "Fusion was associated with longer operating time, longer hospital stay and was more expensive than decompression alone," said lead researcher Dr. Peter Forsth, an orthopedic surgeon with the Stockholm Spine Center. However, certain patients would do better with a spinal fusion, the other clinical trial concludes. That trial found that spinal fusion provided better results for low-back pain patients who ... Read more

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Obama Administration Steps Up Efforts to Beat Painkiller, Heroin Epidemic

Posted 29 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 29, 2016 – The Obama administration announced Tuesday additional measures in its $1.1 billion funding request to expand medication-based treatment for Americans addicted to prescription painkillers and heroin. President Barack Obama is scheduled to propose the measures at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit in Atlanta. The White House said the increased initiative could offer hope to tens of thousands of Americans addicted to prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet, as well as illegal drugs like heroin. "The President has made clear that addressing this epidemic is a priority for his Administration, and today's actions represent further steps to expand access to treatment, prevent overdose deaths and increase community prevention strategies," the White House said in a statement. Most of the funding requested from Congress would enable ... Read more

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Nearly All U.S. Doctors 'Overprescribe' Addictive Narcotic Painkillers: Survey

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – When American doctors give their patients narcotic painkillers, 99 percent of them hand out prescriptions that exceed the federally recommended three-day dosage limit, new research suggests. And some doctors exceeded that limit by a lot: Nearly one-quarter gave out month-long dosages, despite the fact that research has shown that a month's use of prescription narcotic painkillers can cause brain changes, the National Safety Council survey found. "Opioids do not kill pain. They kill people," Dr. Donald Teater, a medical advisor at the safety council, said in a news release. "Doctors are well-intentioned and want to help their patients, but these findings are further proof that we need more education and training if we want to treat pain most effectively." The problem has reached the point where these highly addictive painkillers, which include commonly ... Read more

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FDA Orders Warning Labels on Prescription Narcotic Painkillers

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – Hoping to curb a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, U.S. officials on Tuesday announced that certain drugs will get new "boxed warnings" about the dangers of misuse. The move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes one week after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced tough new guidelines to doctors for "opioid" drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin. "We are at a time when the unfathomable tragedies resulting from addiction, overdose and death has become one of the most urgent, devastating public health crises facing our country," FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf told reporters at a Tuesday news briefing. He said the agency is working with other agencies, drug makers, doctors and patients "to prevent abuse, save lives and treat dependence while still providing patients in pain access to effective ... Read more

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Meditation May Help Ease Chronic Low Back Pain

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – Meditation may work better than painkillers when it comes to soothing chronic low back pain, a new clinical trial suggests. The study found that a program called mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) beat standard medical care for managing low back pain. After one year, people who attended MBSR classes were more than 40 percent likely to show "meaningful" improvements in their pain and daily activities compared to people who sought conventional care for their aching backs. MBSR involves group sessions in meditation and some simple yoga poses. The focus is on becoming aware of body sensations, thoughts and emotions – without trying to change them, explained study leader Daniel Cherkin. He's a senior investigator at Group Health Research Institute, in Seattle. It's not exactly clear why the mindfulness approach can ease back pain, according to Cherkin. But, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Use Proper Lifting Technique

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by

-- Lifting heavy things without the proper technique is an easy way to hurt your back. To help prevent back injury and pain, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises: Plan before you lift, and don't rush. Standing near the object, place your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend at the knees. As you stand, use your leg muscles to lift. Ask someone for help if the object is too heavy or awkward. Read more

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Health Tip: Help Prevent Back Pain During Sleep

Posted 2 Mar 2016 by

-- If back pain prevents you from getting a good night's sleep, your position and mattress may be to blame. The National Sleep Foundation suggests: If you're a back sleeper, place a pillow beneath your knees to ease pressure on your back. If you're a stomach sleeper, place the pillow under your belly. Side sleepers should place the pillow between the knees. Invest in a new mattress. Medium to medium-firm is best for back support. If you can't buy a new one, place some plywood beneath the mattress. Carefully ease in and out of bed, avoiding quick movements. Roll to your side, use your arms to push yourself up and carefully swing your legs over the side of the bed. Exercise regularly, making sure to work your abdominal and back muscles. Read more

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Potentially Deadly Painkiller Being Disguised as Less Powerful Drugs

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by

Officials across the United States say they are seeing a growing number of cases where the potent painkiller fentanyl is disguised as less powerful pain drugs. In recent months, there have been two dozen cases of fentanyl marked as oxycodone or Percocet, according to Tennessee authorities, the Associated Press reported. Last summer, the San Francisco health department said several overdoses were caused by tablets that were labeled as Xanax but contained fentanyl. In Cleveland, a man was arrested after federal agents seized more than 900 fentanyl pills marked as oxycodone. And in Canada, officals have issued warnings about recent cases of supposed oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl. "These pills are truly a fatal overdose waiting to happen," Carole Rendon, acting U.S. attorney in Cleveland, told the AP. Fentanyl is cheap to make illegally, so dealers can make more money by ... Read more

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For Cancer Patients, Pain May Rise as Finances Dwindle

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 – Cancer patients skating near financial ruin will likely suffer more pain and worse symptoms than those who have some savings to fall back on, a new study reports. Lung or colon cancer patients with two or fewer months of financial reserves had a significantly poorer quality of life than those who had more than a year of funds, according to a study involving more than 3,400 patients. Patients already stretched thin financially at the time of diagnosis tended to have worse overall health, more pain, greater physical impairment and deeper depression than those with more money on hand, the researchers reported. A person's suffering tended to increase as finances dwindled, said study lead author Dr. Christopher Lathan, medical director of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, in Boston. "There was a very clear relationship," Lathan said. ... Read more

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Nerve Block Technique Might Help Ease Chronic Back Pain

Posted 24 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – A procedure that uses radio waves to treat chronic low back pain provided long-lasting relief to a small group of patients, researchers report. Called intradiscal biacuplasty (IDB), the procedure uses two water-cooled needles to blast radiofrequency energy at the nerve fibers within and around a spinal disc that's begun to degenerate but has not ruptured, explained lead researcher Dr. Michael Gofeld. "Basically you're destroying the nerve fibers, which will lead to the elimination of pain," he said. Gofeld is a chronic pain management specialist at St. Michael's Hospital and Women's College Hospital in Toronto. A year out from treatment, half of the patients who received IDB in the study said they still were experiencing significant pain reduction, Gofeld and his colleagues reported. The treatment is specifically to help people with discogenic back pain, Gofeld ... Read more

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'Mindfulness' Might Help Older Adults With Back Pain

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Mindful meditation may offer a measure of pain relief to seniors suffering from chronic lower back pain, new research suggests. The study involved nearly 300 older adults with long-term lower back pain, half of whom were assigned to a two-month mindful meditation course. "Mindfulness meditation is a method to learn how to be fully engaged in the present moment and not let the mind get so easily distracted," explained study lead author Dr. Natalia Morone. She is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. As patients practiced mindfulness meditation and tried to stay more focused on the present moment, "participants found they experienced less pain," Morone said. They also saw short-term benefits in physical function, the study found. More than half of adults older than 65 suffer from chronic pain, most commonly in the back, according to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Low Back Pain?

Posted 22 Feb 2016 by

-- Low back pain is among the most common reasons for missing work. About 80 percent of people have the condition at some point during their lives, U.S. government statistics show. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke mentions these risk factors: Growing older. The first signs of low back pain usually surface between ages 30 and 50, and your risk increases as you age. Being in poor physical condition. Being pregnant. Quickly gaining a large amount of weight, or being overweight or obese. Having a genetic predisposition to back pain. Working at a job that involves lifting heavy objects, or working a desk job with a chair lacking back support. Having depression, anxiety or other conditions that may worsen the perception of pain. Read more

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