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The opioid epidemic and the growing elderly population underscore the need for effective alternative therapies to treat chronic painMedscape Medical News
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“It is borderline genocide,” said DeLuca, 37. “You are allowing [chronic pain patients] to go home and essentially suffer until they kill themselves.” Last year, Lauren DeLuca went to the emergency room in the middle of the night, violently ill and in pain with a pancreatic attack. Despite the fact that she was passing out and vomiting profusely, DeLuca said that she received little help. “I was essentially turned away,” she told The Fix. “Everywhere [I went] I was being accused of lying, accused of making it up.” Over the next three weeks, DeLuca lost 20 pounds, unable to ea...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Disorders Health-related Medications Publishers Substance Abuse The Fix Chronic Pain opioid addiction Opioids Source Type: blogs
We  learned last week that the 2017 drug overdose numbers reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clearly show most opioid-related deaths are due to illicit fentanyl and heroin, while deaths due to prescription opioids have stabilized, continuing a steady trend for the past several years. I’ve encouraged using the term “Fentanyl Crisis” rather than “Opioid Crisis” to describe the situation, because it more accurately points to its cause—nonmedical users accessing drugs in the dangerous black market fueled by drug prohibition—hoping thi...
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This study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health; the National Institute on Drug Abuse; a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science; the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services; the UCLA Center for AIDS Research; and the UCLA Clinical Translational Science Institute.
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Implantable technologies have come a long way over the years, and advancements in micro and nanotechnologies have helped device developers continue to push the envelope even further. Within the realm of drug delivery, advances in nanotechnologies have consistently improved patient outcomes by enabling sustained drug delivery to help treat chronic conditions. These scalable technologies have even offered localized drug delivery that can further improve bioavailability. While many of these technologies offer a variety of opportunities, we’re still eagerly awaiting to see the impact of these advancements onc...
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ConclusionAmong RA patients, chronic opioid use doubled from 2002 to 2015. Pain and antidepressant use were the strongest predictors of chronic opioid use. To curb the rise in chronic opioid use, strategies for stringent control of RA disease activity and management of pain and depression should be research priorities.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Arthritis and Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Full Length Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: We present a unexpected acute in top of chronic cecal volvulus in patient two years post MGB. The uncommon serious complication should be considered one of the differential diagnosis of acute surgical abdomen in those patients.
Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 22 November 2018Source: Annals of Medicine and SurgeryAuthor(s): Deepthi ManiAbstractA 49-year-old lady with history of polysubstance use disorder, recurrent cutaneous abscesses, spinal diskitis and septic thrombophlebitis presented to the emergency room with complaints of intermittent fevers, worsening right hip pain and bilateral lower extremity edema. A month before the presentation, she had left another hospital against medical advice after being diagnosed with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia and right hip septic arthritis. Post discharge, she was off antibiotic...
Source: Annals of Medicine and Surgery - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionIn the differential diagnosis of chronic polyarthritis, Chikungunya virus disease should also be considered in areas in which it is not endemic.ResumenIntroducciónLa infección por virus de Chikunguña ocasiona artralgias y artritis en la fase aguda de la enfermedad, pero en más de la mitad de los casos las manifestaciones musculoesqueléticas pueden prolongarse en el tiempo y en algunos casos se hacen crónicas. Aunque la poliartralgia es la manifestación crónica más frecuente, también son comunes las formas con poliartritis, tenosinovitis y entes...
Source: Reumatologia Clinica - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Prescription opioid use has increased significantly over the past 25 years due to a number of factors including efforts to help patients struggling to cope with pain, overprescribing by providers and marketing by pharmaceutical companies. However, opioids provide euphoria as well as analgesia [1]. This euphoria coupled with iatrogenic physical dependence and addictive qualities has contributed to an epidemic of opioid abuse, addiction and overdose [2]. The increased use of opioids for treating non-cancer chronic pain and the increased use of higher-dose and higher bioavailability formulations has added to what the Centers ...
Source: Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions: All patients with SCD hospitalized with VOC were admitted with significant pain and treated with opioids. Pain decreased during the hospitalization, but did not fully resolve by discharge. Treatment combinations of short- and long-acting opioids and neuropathic pain medication suggest complex acute-on-chronic SCD pain with mixed pain types among this cohort of patients with high-severity SCD. Opioids are an integral component of treatment regimens for patients suffering from debilitating acute-on-chronic pain, such as those with SCD.DisclosuresParsons: Seattle Genetics: Research Funding.
Source: Blood - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: 903. Outcomes Research-Non-Malignant Hematology Source Type: research
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