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Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill during their recuperation, said lead researcher Elizabeth Habermann. She is scientific director for surgical outcomes at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, ...

Coffee Safe for Many With Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Review

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Caffeine can send the heart racing, but for some people coffee may help prevent abnormal heartbeats, Australian researchers report. Many doctors advise patients with abnormal heart rhythms ("arrhythmias") to avoid caffeine. But, for most heart patients, coffee and tea are safe and may sometimes reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, the researchers said. "Although coffee ...

FDA Cracks Down on Caffeine-Loaded Supplements

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday that it has issued tough new restrictions on the sale of dietary supplements that contain dangerously high amounts of caffeine. Supplements that contain pure or highly concentrated caffeine in powder or liquid forms are no longer permitted to be sold in bulk quantities directly to consumers, the agency said. The new ...

U.S. Opioid ODs Cluster in Centers of Poverty

Posted 26 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March, 26, 2018 – Poverty may be fueling America's opioid crisis, a new study suggests. Of the more than 515,000 Americans who have died from drug overdoses since 2006, most lived in poor areas where there were few job opportunities, researchers discovered. It turns out that economic and social conditions appear to be driving the geographic differences in overdose rates, with some parts ...

Millions Get Wrong Treatment for Back Pain: Study

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 21, 2018 – Low back pain affects 540 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of disability, but it's often treated improperly, researchers report. Their review of evidence from around the world suggests low back pain should be managed in primary care and that the first step should be education and urging patients to stay active and working. But inappropriate tests and ...

Coffee May Have Bigger Effect on Your Body Than Thought: Study

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 15, 2018 – Coffee has been tied to many health benefits. Now, a small study suggests a daily java habit may affect the body's metabolism more extensively than thought. The study, of 47 adults, found that heavy coffee consumption – four to eight cups a day – altered blood levels of more than 100 metabolites. That refers to a broad range of chemicals that change after eating or ...

Managing Pain With Fewer Opioids After Joint Replacement

Posted 15 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – Using two or more pain control methods after hip and knee replacement surgery rather than opioid painkillers alone reduces risks to patients, a new study finds. "Patients need to be aware that there are ways to treat their pain during and after surgery in addition to opioids," said study author Dr. Stavros Memtsoudis. "If the doctor prescribes more than one type of ...

Opioid ODs Outpacing Other 'Deaths of Despair'

Posted 13 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Though fewer Americans are dying from alcohol abuse, suicide and murder, opioid overdose deaths have risen dramatically in recent decades, a new report finds. And some regions of the United States are bearing the brunt of these "deaths of despair," the researchers discovered. "Unless more effective policies are developed and programs implemented, drug use disorders will ...

Certain Teens More Likely to Get Hooked on Opioids

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Teenagers with any mental health problem are more prone to painkiller dependence after receiving a prescription opioid, a new study finds. The odds of progressing to long-term opioid therapy can double, triple or more, depending on the kid's diagnosis and the other drugs prescribed to treat their disorder, the researchers said. The findings mirror earlier studies showing ...

ER Visits for Opioid Overdoses Soaring: CDC

Posted 6 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – America's opioid epidemic is escalating at breakneck speed, with tens of thousands of overdose victims spilling into the nation's emergency rooms seeking lifesaving treatment, a new government report shows. Emergency room visits for opioid overdoses increased nationwide and across all demographic groups between July 2016 and September 2017, according to ER records ...

Fatal Opioid ODs Drop for People Treated While Jailed

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – An opioid addiction treatment program for Rhode Island prison inmates appears to have significantly reduced overdose deaths among those who are released, researchers say. The program screens all inmates for opioid addiction and provides medications to treat the addiction. It was launched in 2016 and is the only program of its kind in the United States, according to the ...

Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

Posted 13 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking opioids can increase your risk of getting a pneumococcal infection by about 60 percent. "The risk was increased even more for long-acting formulations, ...

Hey Kids, Just Say No to Energy Drinks

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2018 – Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday released an official statement about the beverages. "Energy drinks are extremely popular, and concerns about their consumption are coming from every sector of society, ...

Long-Term Opioid Use Down Among U.S. Vets: Study

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 – Recent efforts by the U.S. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to promote safe prescribing of opioid painkillers seem to be working. Opioid prescriptions by the VHA have declined since peaking in 2012, a new study finds. Key to the drop is decreases in long-term prescriptions, which carry greater risk for overdose and addiction, said the study's lead author, Katherine ...

Do Over-the-Counter Painkillers Alter Emotions, Reasoning?

Posted 7 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – Sure, an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil can help ease aches and pains, but could it mess with your thoughts and emotions, too? That's the finding from a new review of recently published studies. The studies focused on how nonprescription painkillers might temporarily alter emotions such as empathy, or even a person's reasoning skills. "In many ways, the ...

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