NIH leadership outlines interdisciplinary FY2018 research plan for HEAL Initiative

The plan focuses on improving treatments for opioid misuse and addiction, and enhancing strategies for pain management.
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - Category: American Health Source Type: news

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The cell phone blares out reveille. Your eyes open reluctantly and you realize it’s morning, having only gone to bed four hours earlier because of a late-night party. You creak out of bed to ready yourself for work, arthritic joints hurting much more than usual. A painful day lies ahead even after taking ibuprofen. Does this sound familiar? If it does, you are not alone. Nearly 70% of Americans report getting insufficient sleep on a regular basis, and approximately 20% of Americans suffer from chronic pain. Recently, the intersection between these two conditions has become more apparent. The association between sleep...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Fatigue Pain Management Sleep Source Type: blogs
Authors: Mercadante S Abstract INTRODUCTION: In the last few decades, the consumption of opioid analgesics in many countries, particularly the US, has dramatically increased. This rise has been paralleled by a proportional number of opioid-related deaths. Areas covered: The development of opioid guidelines was a response to this health crisis with the intention of reducing the risk of harm related to opioid prescribing. These guidelines have received varying responses ranging from support to criticism. Pain physicians may often provide multidimensional management as the paradigm for responsible opioid treatment. In...
Source: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Drug Saf Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: This is the first time BQ II has been used in this population. The results are consistent with the international academic studies in this area, but more research is needed. BQ II was found to be a valid and reliable scale for defining caregiver attitudes and barriers to effective pain management in homecare settings. Health professional training, interventions targeted to caregivers and trained home care teams may improve the quality of cancer care in these settings. PMID: 30722124 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of B.U.ON. - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J BUON Source Type: research
Surgery and pain pills used to go hand in hand. After all, you need a strong prescription pain medication to ensure you aren’t in pain after a procedure, right? Turns out not only is prescription pain medication not always needed, but often not advisable after surgery, because it can raise the risk of opioid addiction. As a result, surgeons today are rethinking post-surgical pain management strategies. And if you’re going under the knife, you should too. In the 1990s, the number of opioid prescriptions written for people undergoing surgery or experiencing pain conditions grew — and so did related problems...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health Pain Management Surgery Source Type: blogs
By COLIN KONSCHAK, FACHE and DAVE LEVIN, MD  Dave Levin Colin Konschak The opioid crisis in the United States is having a devastating impact on individuals, their families, and the health care industry. This multi-part series will focus on the role technology can play in addressing this crisis. Part one of the series proposed a strategic framework for evaluating and pursuing technical solutions. A Framework for Innovation In part one of our series, we declared the opioid crisis an “All Hands-On Deck” moment and made the case that health IT (HIT) has a lot to offer. Given the many different possibilities, h...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Tech Access to care Colin Konschak Dave Levin Divurgent Health IT Sansoro Health Source Type: blogs
By COLIN KONSCHAK, FACHE and DAVE LEVIN, MD Dave Levin Colin Konschak The opioid crisis in the United States is having a devastating impact on individuals, their families, and the health care industry. This multi-part series will focus on the role technology can play in addressing this crisis. Part one of the series proposed a strategic framework for evaluating and pursuing technical solutions. A Framework for Innovation As noted in part one of our series, we believe the opioid crisis is an “All Hands-On Deck” moment and health IT (HIT) has a lot to offer. Given the many different possibilities, having a method...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Data Tech THCB APIs clinical support Colin Konschak Dave Levin Opioid epidemic Source Type: blogs
According to this study, CBD causes hormonal changes that can lessen the intensity of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, and social anxiety. Regulates Behaviour &Cognition CBD interacts with a broad range of receptors, and through complicated processes, it works as a therapeutic agent. While behavioral patterns tend to be complicated for many people, there are ways that CBD can reduce destructive behavior and facilitate positive change. For instance, addiction is one of the areas that lead to unproductive behavioral patterns, and CBD has been used successfully to treat different forms of ad...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement brain cbd oil pickthebrain Source Type: blogs
Feb 15 - 17, 2019. AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, Austin, TX. Sponsored by Superior HealthPlan, Texas Health Institute, Texas Society of Addiction Medicine
Source: Rural events via the Rural Assistance Center - Category: Rural Health Source Type: events
This Viewpoint questions recent US state regulations authorizing the use of cannabis as a substitute for opioids in treatment of opioid addiction and chronic pain, citing the absence of evidence of cannabis equivalency, the risks of marijuana use, and ample evidence supporting the use of methadone and buprenorphine for management of opioid use disorder (OID).
Source: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
What is a Benzodiazepine? Benzodiazepines are a prescription drug sedative used to treat a variety of conditions. They are classified as Schedule IV in the Controlled Substances Act. Some of the conditions that Benzodiazepine can treat include: Insomnia Anxiety Seizures Muscle tension Panic disorders When used as prescribed under the supervision of a medical professional, Benzodiazepines can be very useful in the treatment of these disorders. Many people are able to live healthy, happy lives while taking Benzodiazepines to curb the symptoms of their various conditions. However, because of the addictive nature of Benzodia...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Uncategorized benzo benzodiazepines prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug use prescription pills Source Type: blogs
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