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Chronic back pain stem cell treatment could cut need for opioids

A stem cell treatment could bring relief to millions of people with chronic lower back pain. If it works, it may help curb the opioid painkiller epidemic
Source: New Scientist - Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: research

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Authors: Borenstein DG, Hassett AL, Pisetsky D Abstract The Pain Management Task Force of the American College of Rheumatology published a report in 2010 highlighting pain management as a fundamental aspect of clinical practice, training and research. In the interim, the consideration of pain as a focus of attention of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals has become even more challenging than in 2010 because of the epidemic of opiate addiction and overdose death. The characterisation of categories of pain by mechanism (e.g., inflammation, joint degeneration, abnormalities of central pain processing...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Clin Exp Rheumatol Source Type: research
In Reply My editorial published inJAMA Psychiatry elicited a thoughtful response from Weeks and Goertz. Notwithstanding the need for multidimensional solutions to the opioid crisis, the authors add to a compendium of proposals to reduce opioid prescriptions. They highlight the Low Back Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians, which endorses alternatives to opioids for treating this common manifestation of pain. Analogously, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a generalized set of practice guidelines and evidence-based alternatives to reduce opioid prescribing for ...
Source: JAMA Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
Conclusion Research and analysis have found that those suffering with long-term lower back pain and who practise the ancient Asian discipline of yoga are far more likely to reduce their back pain levels and improve their mobility. It’s a wonderful healing method, adopted by people of all ages to calm the restless mind so that the health of the body doesn’t suffer. Copyright: John Muller at http://ergonomictrends.com FB: https://facebook.com/ergonomictrendsYou've read 6 Yoga Poses to Help Alleviate Back Pain, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please vi...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement back pain health benefits of yoga pickthebrain stop back pain yoga and back pain Source Type: blogs
When I was in medical school, doctors only wrote prescriptions for opioid painkillers for terminal cancer patients, surgical patients and critical emergencies. That's because they knew these drugs were lethal. Opioids come from the same poppy plant used to make opium and heroin. And just like those addictive street drugs, the risk of getting hooked on them is extremely high. It's incredible how things have changed since then… What are opioids prescribed for? Today, you're likely to get a prescription for opioids for just about any kind of pain. That includes chronic pain, fibromyalgia, depression, heada...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Health Natural Cures Source Type: news
Low back pain (LBP) is a significant health challenge of epidemic proportions that results in substantial personal, community, and financial burdens, globally. In industrialized countries, LBP has been cited as the second most frequent chronic condition that warrants visiting a doctor, the fifth most common reason for hospitalization, and the third most frequent cause for undergoing a surgical procedure [1]. Examination and treatment of the muscles of the trunk have long been advocated as important parts in the physical therapy of chronic low back pain patients [2 –4].
Source: Medical Engineering and Physics - Category: Biomedical Engineering Authors: Source Type: research
Telemedicine is revolutionizing medicine, connecting doctors and patients quickly while attempting to shave off unnecessary expenses. It turns out the modern electronic convenience includes the $6.7 billion medical marijuana industry, the fastest growing industry in the United States. In the San Francisco Bay Area, where pot and tech start-ups are as ubiquitous as saltwater, California doctors are leveraging basic technology to clear patients of minimal legal hurdles to obtain marijuana. Full legalization for recreational purposes is on the November ballot in California as Proposition 64. For now, patients seeking to o...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Conclusion This systematic review aimed to combine available data on the prevalence of chronic pain in the UK adult population. The 19 identified studies suggested that 43% of people in the UK experience chronic pain. However, there are both strengths and limitations to this review that may affect the reliability of this finding. The review has strengths in the careful search methods which aimed to identify only studies relevant to the general population. The researchers also did their best to provide the most reliable estimate by performing a quality assessment of studies and excluding those at particularly high risk of ...
Source: NHS News Feed - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Mental health Neurology Older people Source Type: news
In April, the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, attended a meeting of the Association of Health Care Journalists. In an exclusive interview with MedPage Today, he shared his mounting concerns about two matters: the impact of burnout on physicians and our society’s current opioid crisis. Dr. Murthy stated that he views physicians as being an essential part of the solution to the epidemic of drug overdoses, which have exceeded motor vehicle accidents as one of the leading causes of death. Dr. Murthy correctly linked the well-being of health professionals with that of the general public, stating, “As I think...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Addiction Behavioral Health Health care Pain Management Source Type: news
"Please, I need my Oxycodone! " my patient, M, pleaded with me. My eyes met his. I observed every fleeting facial expression, hoping to gauge his intentions. The discussion about whether to continue to prescribe this medication was one I 'd had too many times with too many patients over the past few months. "My arthritis is always worst in the winter, " he said, rubbing his lower back. It was a snowy afternoon in clinic, and M and I were in the midst of a debate. Oxycodone is an opioid medication, and, like other painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin, it carries...
Source: Psychology of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs
"Please, I need my Oxycodone!" my patient, M, pleaded with me. My eyes met his. I observed every fleeting facial expression, hoping to gauge his intentions. The discussion about whether to continue to prescribe this medication was one I'd had too many times with too many patients over the past few months. "My arthritis is always worst in the winter," he said, rubbing his lower back. It was a snowy afternoon in clinic, and M and I were in the midst of a debate. Oxycodone is an opioid medication, and, like other painkillers such as Oxycontin, Percocet, and Vicodin, it carries a significant risk of ...
Source: Psychology of Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: blogs
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