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Implanted Pumps: Safety Communication - Use Caution When Selecting Pain Medicine for Intrathecal Administration

ISSUE: The FDA is aware that patients undergoing treatment or management of pain are commonly given pain medicines in the spinal fluid (intrathecal administration) that are not FDA approved for use with the implanted pump. While individual patients may experience some relief from using pain medicines not approved for intrathecal administration in their...

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Selecting the Right Style of Yoga for You

Yoga has many benefits, from increasing flexibility to reducing stress. The practice offers so much because of its multi-dimensional nature. In addition to its fluid exercises, called asanas or poses, it focuses on correct breathing, posture and meditation with a philosophy that strives for a balance of body, mind and spirit. There are many styles...

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Tracking Preemies' Head Size May Yield IQ Clues

Head-size measurements can help screen for long-term IQ problems in very premature or very low birth weight babies, researchers say. "Measuring head circumference and thus head growth in early childhood is a proxy measure of brain volume growth in early childhood," said study senior author Dieter Wolke, of the University of Warwick in England. It's...

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Online Tool Helps Patients With Advance Care Planning

The patient-facing PREPARE advance care planning program plus an easy-to-read advance directive significantly increases documentation of advance care planning and patient-reported engagement, according to a study published online Oct. 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Rebecca L. Sudore, M.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues...

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Health Tip: Manage Morning Sickness

-- Many women have nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy, sometimes called morning sickness. Symptoms tend to ease as the pregnancy progresses. The American Pregnancy Association suggests how to help manage morning sickness: Eat non-spicy foods rich in vitamin B6, including wholegrain wheat and other cereals, seeds and nuts, fruits such...

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All That Social Media May Boost Loneliness, Not Banish It

For the billions of young people who seek community and connection on social media, new research warns their search may be in vain. Instead, spending too much time on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram may actually increase the risk of depression and loneliness. So concludes a small analysis that tracked the impact such sites had on the mental health...

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Health Highlights: Nov. 14, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Primary Care Doctors Should Screen Adult Patients for Unhealthy Drinking: Task Force Primary care doctors should screen all adult patients for unhealthy drinking habits, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says in new statement. It also said...

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Health Tip: Long-Term Anxiety Can Affect Learning

-- A young child who has chronic anxiety may have trouble learning, Harvard University researchers say. Fears of the dark, monsters or strangers are common and are considered normal and usually temporary. But when fears extend to physical, sexual or emotional abuse, they can affect a child's developing brain, the researchers noted. The school's Center...

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Must Blood Pressure Rise Wth Age? Remote Tribes Hold Clues

Contrary to common belief, blood pressure doesn't have to rise as you age, a study of two remote South American tribes suggests. Looking at the isolated Yanomami tribe in the Venezuelan rainforest, researchers found their blood pressure remained low from youth to age 60. That's probably because as hunter-gatherer-gardeners, they don't eat the processed...

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America Is Worried About Antibiotic Resistance

A majority of Americans believe the health threat posed by antibiotic resistance is real and pressing, a new survey shows. The survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 65 percent believe antibiotic resistance is a public health problem, and 81 percent are worried that antibiotic resistance will make more infections difficult to treat or even deadly. The...

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When even colors hurt

Having battery acid poured on your brain, splitting your head in half with an ax, being in so much pain that colors hurt and the sun is too loud. These are all ways migraines have been described by people who endure them frequently, sometimes as often as three times a week. A migraine is not […]

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No Baby Plus No HIV

What if there was a device that could stop you from getting pregnant as well as protect you from HIV? Well, one day soon, there might be. Researchers are currently working on a vaginal ring that releases both levonorgestrel (a contraceptive hormone) and dapivirine (an antiviral effective against HIV) that can be left in place […]

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Vitamin D: Our most controversial vitamin?

Over the past two decades, we have learned a lot about vitamin D. For a start, it shouldn’t really be called a vitamin, because it isn’t. A vitamin is defined as “A compound that is vital for normal growth and nutrition that is required in small quantities in our diet because it is not made by […]

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