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Health Tip: Beginning Yoga

Posted 3 days ago by

-- If you have arthritis and want to start practicing yoga, you'll need to make sure that your routine is safe and effective. The Harvard Medical School recommends: Avoiding vigorous types of yoga that could injure your joints. Move slowly and easily. Opting for forms of yoga such as Vinyasa or flow, which are less stressful on the joints. Talking to your instructor before your class about your condition and any precautions you should take. Practicing yoga in the afternoon or evening instead of the morning, when your joints may be stiffer. Talking to your doctor about adjusting your yoga movements during flares to accommodate painful joints. Read more

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Many Take Opioids Reluctantly for Back Pain: Survey

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MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 – Millions of Americans with back pain take powerful and potentially addictive opioid painkillers. But in a new survey, many say the drugs provide only limited relief and they worry about taking them. The survey included more than 2,000 people with low back pain. Of the nearly half who were currently taking opioids, only 13 percent said the drugs were very successful at relieving their pain. Forty-four percent said the drugs were somewhat successful, 31 percent said they were moderately successful and 12 percent said they were unsuccessful. Seventy-five percent said the drugs had side effects such as constipation (65 percent), sleepiness (37 percent), thinking and memory problems (32 percent) and drug dependence (29 percent). "Patients are increasingly aware that opioids are problematic, but don't know there are alternative treatment options," said survey author ... Read more

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'Fake Pills' May Help Ease Back Pain

Posted 8 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 – Even if they know the pills are fake, chronic back pain sufferers may get relief from placebo drugs, a new study indicates. Researchers found that patients who knowingly took a placebo pill while undergoing traditional treatment for lower back pain had less pain and disability than those who received traditional treatment alone. "These findings turn our understanding of the placebo effect on its head," said Ted Kaptchuk, a joint senior author of the study and director of the Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. "This new research demonstrates that the placebo effect is not necessarily elicited by patients' conscious expectation that they are getting an active medicine, as long thought," Kaptchuk added in a hospital news release. "Taking a pill in the context of a patient-clinician ... Read more

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Leave Those Raking Injuries Behind

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TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Jumping in piles of leaves can be great fun, but raking them up afterward can leave you with an aching back. Each year, more than 76,000 Americans are hurt while raking leaves or using other manual garden tools. That's according to The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at The Chester County Hospital at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia. One reason why these injuries may occur is that raking leaves forces people to use several different muscle groups, the center explained. But certain precautions can help people doing yard work avoid these injuries. Sports medicine and physical rehabilitation specialists advise taking the following steps: Warm up and cool down. Just like any physical activity, it's important to warm up before raking leaves. It's also a good idea to stretch first. Try trunk rotation, shoulder and wrist stretches. Once you're ... Read more

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Number of Americans With Severe Joint Pain Keeps Rising

Posted 6 Oct 2016 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 6, 2016 – Severe joint pain plagues an increasing number of aging, often arthritic Americans, a new report finds. In 2002, about 10.5 million people in the United States said they battled severe joint pain, but by 2014 that number had jumped to 14.6 million, said researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC team defined "severe" joint pain as discomfort measuring 7 or more on a 1-to-10 score on a questionnaire, with 1 being no pain and 10 being "pain and aching as bad as it can be." The problem may only get worse, the researchers said, since much of this joint pain is linked to arthritis. One in every four people with arthritis in the new study rated his or her pain as "severe," and arthritis cases among Americans are expected to rise. In the United States, "arthritis affected an estimated 52.5 million [22.7 percent] adults in 2010-2012 ... Read more

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Even at Cancer Centers, Finding Relief for Pain Can Be Tough

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Staff members at nearly one in 10 major U.S. cancer centers – all of which provide palliative care services – weren't certain such symptom-management and supportive care was actually available there, a new study reveals. The study suggests that for cancer patients, obtaining good relief for their stress and pain may not always be easy, the researchers said. Using an undercover "mystery shopper" approach, the Duke University team also had difficulty getting information about palliative care services during about one-third of calls to 40 U.S. National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. "We were surprised that when we did get in touch with people [at these centers], so frequently we weren't able to get these questions answered," said study author Kathryn Hutchins, a fourth-year medical student at Duke, in Durham, N.C. She said part of the problem ... Read more

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Do States With Medical Marijuana Have Less Opioid Abuse?

Posted 15 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 – A new study of drivers who died in auto accidents suggests people in states with medical marijuana laws may be using fewer opioid painkillers, the study authors contend. "After the implementation of a medical marijuana law, there appears to be less opioid use, at least among young and middle-aged adults," study lead author June Kim said. He's a graduate student in epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. However, two addiction experts not involved with the research were critical of the methodology used, saying the study authors did not prove the point they were trying to make. The study sought to understand how laws allowing the medical use of marijuana – now legal in 25 states and Washington, D.C. – might affect the use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (used in Vicodin and ... Read more

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Review Suggests Safe, Effective Ways to Relieve Pain Without Meds

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Popular drug-free methods of managing pain from such common conditions as headaches and arthritis appear to be effective, according to a new review. Millions of Americans seek pain relief through such alternatives as acupuncture, tai chi and yoga. But there has been little information to help doctors make recommendations about these approaches. "For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwanted side effects. As a result, many people may turn to nondrug approaches to help manage their pain," study lead author Richard Nahin said in a U.S. government news release. "Our goal for this study was to provide relevant, high-quality information for primary care providers and for patients who suffer from chronic pain," Nahin added. He is lead epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Complementary ... Read more

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Non-addictive Painkiller Shows Promise in Animal Trials

Posted 30 Aug 2016 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016 – Preliminary research in monkeys suggests that a new medication might be able to provide pain relief similar to opioid drugs such as OxyContin, but without the same potential for addiction or serious side effects. The experimental medication "has the potential to replace morphine as the gold standard for treating severe pain," said Andrew Coop. He's a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and is familiar with the new study findings. There's a critical need for a painkiller that packs the punch of drugs such as Percocet (acetaminophen/oxycodone), OxyContin (oxycodone) and morphine, but minus the negative effects, doctors say. The United States is currently in the throes of an opioid addiction epidemic. More than 40 Americans die every day due to the misuse of opioids, according to the U.S. Centers for ... Read more

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Backpack Smarts From a Pro

Posted 28 Aug 2016 by

SATURDAY, Aug. 27, 2016 – Ill-fitting backpacks may put school children at risk for muscle injuries as well as back, neck and shoulder pain, experts warn. "Heavy duty backpacks must be worn and used correctly in order to avoid injuries such as strains, sprains and posture problems," said orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Nitin Khanna, an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons spokesperson. "Use both shoulder straps to keep the weight of the backpack better distributed and adjust the shoulder straps to keep the load close to the back. Roller bags are also a good option, if easily used at your child's school," Khanna said in an academy news release. Between their textbooks and electronic gear, backpacks can easily weigh a kid down. Doctors and hospitals in the United States treated 10,000 children between the ages of 5 and 18 years for backpack-related injuries in 2015, according to the ... Read more

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Painkillers for Teen Athletes Won't Spur Addiction: Study

Posted 25 Jul 2016 by

MONDAY, July 25, 2016 – Teenage athletes are less likely to abuse prescription painkillers than kids who don't play sports or exercise, a new study finds. The study results run counter to some research in recent years detailing concerns about injured teen athletes abusing opioid painkillers prescribed by doctors and then moving on to use heroin. Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, said he was "surprised" by the findings. He said, "A key risk (for teenage athletes) is a desire to please and for acceptance. But this study shows overall rates (of use) are declining." For the study, University of Michigan researchers examined data from nearly 192,000 students in 8th and 10th grade who participated in a federally funded study between 1997 and 2014. Over these years, doctors wrote many more opioid painkiller prescriptions for children and teens, ... Read more

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Pain Raises Risk of Opioid Addiction

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – The more pain they have, the more likely people are to become addicted to powerful prescription opioid painkillers, a new study suggests. "In light of the national opioid abuse epidemic, these new results underscore the importance of developing effective ... approaches to managing common painful medical conditions," said senior author Dr. Mark Olfson. He is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. The study included results from a survey on alcohol and drug use. More than 34,000 Americans completed the survey. The researchers found that people with moderate to severe pain had a 41 percent higher risk of opioid addiction than those with no pain. That increased risk was independent of other factors such as age, gender, anxiety and mood disorders, and family history of drug, alcohol, and behavioral problems, the study ... Read more

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Why Kicking the Opioid Habit Can Be So Tough

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – He was 26, a specialist fifth class with the U.S. Army, and stationed abroad, when an accident on the German autobahn sent him careening through the windshield of his car. The now 60-year-old veteran prefers to withhold his name, but not his story, of a decades-long struggle against chronic back pain and an addiction to the opioid painkillers he'd hoped would help him. "At first I was taking 50 milligrams [mg] of Percocet," the Colorado resident recalled. "Every day I'd wake up in pain. And every day I'd automatically pop a pill right away and go back to work. I didn't think anything of it – I'd just take Percocet in combination with hydrocodone [Vicodin], and it worked." However, "eventually it wasn't working anymore," he said. "I felt like I was putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound, and I couldn't stand the pain." Then, over time, there was a "gradual ... Read more

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Alzheimer's May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – Alzheimer's disease may affect people's ability to recognize when they are in pain, a new study shows. Undetected pain may allow underlying health issues to go untreated, leading to serious complications, such as organ damage, researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville cautioned. For the three-year study, the researchers tested two groups of adults who were aged 65 or older. One group was made up of people diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, which affects thinking skills, memory and intellect. Members of the second group did not have the progressive neurological disease. The study used a device to subject participants to different heat sensations and asked them to report their pain levels. After the tests, the researchers analyzed self-reported pain. "We found that participants with Alzheimer's disease required higher temperatures to report sensing ... Read more

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Drug Monitoring Programs Do Curb Overdose Deaths: Study

Posted 23 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016 – Drug monitoring programs appear to help reduce deaths from prescription painkillers called opioids, a new study finds. In an effort to curb overdose deaths from powerful painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin, all states except Missouri have implemented prescription-drug monitoring programs to track high-risk patients and prescription providers. But there have been conflicting findings about the effectiveness of these programs. For instance, a study published June 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine found no change in opioid use or overdoses among disabled workers on Medicare between 2006 and 2012, despite tighter regulations. But the current study – based on data from 1999 to 2013 – found that monitoring programs were associated with the prevention of about one opioid painkiller overdose death every two hours nationwide. "Today, opioid overdose ... Read more

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