Do You Think This Review Will Throw A Spanner In The Works For The Nth Time?
This appeared last week:Crossing bordersSheshtyn Paola 26/06/2019There is a “pressing need” for real-time prescription monitoring in NSW, says coroner, following a man’s death after buying opioids in both ACT and NSWNSW needs to urgently join Tasmania, Victoria and the ACT in implementing real-time prescription monitoring, the ACT Chief Coroner Lorraine Walker has sai d following another opioid-related death.Jay Alan Paterson, 43, died in 4 September 2017 at Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra after experiencing a polypharmacy overdose related to opioid painkillers.Mr Paterson had injured his knee and had extensive s...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - July 2, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Eat, Pray, Push
Here’s an excerpt from chapter 4 of Wheat Belly Total Health, Your Bowels Have Been Fouled: Intestinal Indignities From Grains: “A condition as pedestrian as constipation serves to perfectly illustrate many of the ways in which grains mess with normal body functions, as well as just how wrong conventional ‘solutions’ can be. Constipation remedies are like the Keystone Kops of health, stumbling, fumbling, and bumping into each other, but never quite putting out the fire. “Drop a rock from the top of a building and it predictably hits the ground—not sometimes, not half the time, but every time. That’s how the b...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 25, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: News & Updates Gliadin gluten grain-free wheat belly Wheat Belly Total Health Source Type: blogs

Toward a Healthy Relationship with Opioids
In the June 14thWall Street Journal, Johns Hopkins University bioethicist Travis Rieder, in an excellent  essay, shared with readers his battle with pain resulting from a devastating accident, the effectiveness of opioids in controlling the pain, and the hell he went through when he was too rapidly tapered off of the opioids to which he had become physically dependent. Like most patients requiring long term pain management with opioids, he developed a physical dependence, which is often  mistakenly equated with addiction by policymakers and many in the media. The aggressive schedule launched me into withdrawal, and I l...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - June 17, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

Is tramadol a risky pain medication?
All medications come with a dose of risk. From minor side effects to life-threatening allergic reactions, every decision to take a medication should be made only after the expected benefits are weighed against the known risks. You aren’t on your own in this: your doctor, your pharmacist, and a trove of information are available for your review. Recently, I wrote about how newly approved drugs often accumulate new warnings about their safety, including a gout medication that garnered a new warning due to an increased risk of death. Now, according to a new study, the common prescription pain medication tramadol may earn a...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - June 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert H. Shmerling, MD Tags: Addiction Pain Management Source Type: blogs

Gluteomorphin: The opiate in your food
Yes: there are opiates that derive from various food proteins that exert peculiar effects on the human brain. The worst? The opiates that come from the gliadin protein of wheat and related grains. Opiate receptor researchers at the National Institutes of Health originally coined the term “gluteomorphin” nearly 40 years ago when it was determined that the gliadin protein of wheat undergoes partial digestion (since humans lack the digestive enzymes to fully digest proline-rich amino acid sequences in proteins from seeds of grasses) to yield peptides that are 4- to 5-amino acids long. Some of these peptides were ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - June 10, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Opioids addictive binge eating bulimia eating disorders Gliadin opiates wheat belly Source Type: blogs

The Coroner Gives The WA Government A Serve On Delays In Implementation Of Prescription Monitoring.
This appeared last week:Coroner questions chief pharmacist ’s real-time monitoring optimism He says former soldier would not have sourced drugs if a system was in place22nd May 2019By Heather SaxenaA coroner has expressed frustration at ongoing delays in the provision of real-time monitoring and suggested that a young former soldier might not have died if WA had such a system.During an inquest into the oxycodone toxicity death of the 24-year-old Afghanistan veteran, Coroner Barry King also scoffed at a suggestion by the state’s chief pharmacist that the state would soon have a system.The inquest heard that the former s...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 30, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 27th May, 2019.
Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.General Comment-----Another interesting week. Waiting to see if Mr Hunt comes back and what he might do in the Digital Health Domain. We should know by the time you read this.Lots of other stories this week. Enjoy!-----https://www.ausdoc.com.au/news/coroner-questions-chief-pharmacists-real-time-monitoring-optimismCoroner questions chief pharmacist ...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - May 26, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

Options to Opioids: How to Manage Chronic Pain Without Prescribing Pain-Killers
You're reading Options to Opioids: How to Manage Chronic Pain Without Prescribing Pain-Killers, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. While there is considerable debate as to how much blame doctors should be assigned for the ongoing opioid crisis, there is little doubt they can do something to curtail it -- that instead of prescribing drugs that have been found to be highly addictive they can resort to alternate forms of pain management. Doctors’ prescription of powerful painkillers like OxyContin is frequentl...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DrStanleyMatthew Tags: health and fitness addiction health and wellness opioids self improvement Source Type: blogs

Undoing the harm: Tapering down from high-dose opioids
For many years, health care providers like me were told that we were undertreating pain and that pain was a vital sign that needed to be measured. Concurrently, we were reassured that opioids were a safe and effective way to treat pain, with very little potential for development of abuse. As a result, opioid prescriptions in the United States skyrocketed. A common way to compare opioids is to calculate their strength relative to morphine, called morphine milligram equivalents, or MMEs. In 1992, our country dispensed 25 billion MMEs of prescription opioids; by 2011, that number had reached 242 billion. Meanwhile, opioid-rel...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - May 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Weiner, MD Tags: Addiction Pain Management Risks and Prevention Source Type: blogs

What are the Different Drugs Used for Heroin and Opioid Detox?
Understanding Heroin and Opioid Detox When someone is struggling with addiction to heroin or opioids, it can be almost impossible to quit cold turkey. This is due to unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, as well as intense drug cravings. When someone quits cold turkey, they will have to experience all these debilitating withdrawal symptoms and manage strong cravings on their own. This is extremely hard to do without the assistance of medication during heroin and opioid detox. According to Medline, about 948,000 people used heroin during the past year. In the same year, about 11.5 million people were nonmedical users of narcotic ...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - May 7, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction Recovery Addiction Treatment and Program Resources Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates Painkiller Substance Abuse drug detox heroin heroin addiction heroin users luxury heroin rehab medical medical det Source Type: blogs

Podcast: From Homeless to Prisoner to Olympian
 In his teens, Tony Hoffman was a BMX Amateur being featured on magazine covers. But soon after, he was a drug addict living in the streets and ultimately ending in prison. After his parole, a now clean Tony returned to the BMX world in a big way: by taking the silver medal in the 2016 Olympics. Since then, Tony has dedicated his life to helping others with addiction issues with his motivational speaking and special projects. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! About Our Guest After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with his addiction behind...
Source: World of Psychology - April 4, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: General Recovery Sports The Psych Central Show Addiction BMX Gabe Howard Olympics prison Tony Hoffman Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

Podcast: From Homeless to Prisoner to Olympic Coach
 In his teens, Tony Hoffman was a BMX Amateur being featured on magazine covers. But soon after, he was a drug addict living in the streets and ultimately ending in prison. After his parole, a now clean Tony returned to the BMX world in a big way: by taking the silver medal in the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships. Since then, Tony has dedicated his life to helping others with addiction issues with his motivational speaking and special projects. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! About Our Guest After paroling prison on December 13, 2008, Tony Hoffman started living out his dream, with h...
Source: World of Psychology - April 4, 2019 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: The Psych Central Show Tags: General Recovery Sports The Psych Central Show Addiction BMX Gabe Howard Olympics prison Tony Hoffman Vincent M. Wales Source Type: blogs

Are pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis?
Steve Phillips Recently a major pharmaceutical company settled a lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma for $270 million. The state had alleged that the company’s marketing of OxyContin had helped to fuel the opioid epidemic in the state. Pharmaceutical companies in general do some things that are very good and have many times had some … Continue reading "Are pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis?" (Source: blog.bioethics.net)
Source: blog.bioethics.net - April 3, 2019 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Steve Phillips Tags: Health Care Allocation / Access / Public Health bioethics Health Care Practice syndicated Source Type: blogs

Fentanyl, How Bad Is It?
How Bad Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid. Unlike some other opioids that occur naturally, it is man-made for the purpose of helping aid people suffering from extreme pain. It can be administered for recovery after surgery, during cancer treatments or for recovery after a painful injury. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies fentanyl as a Schedule II controlled substance. This means that it is legal for medical use, however, it has an extremely high potential for abuse and addiction. Understanding Fentanyl Significantly stronger than morphine or oxycodone, Fentanyl can be fatal...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - April 2, 2019 Category: Addiction Authors: Jaclyn Uloth Tags: Addiction Addiction to Pharmaceuticals Drug Rehab Information Drug Treatment Heroin Painkiller Substance Abuse Synthetic fentanyl prescription drug abuse prescription drug addiction prescription drug detox prescription drug use p Source Type: blogs

The iovera ° Cryoanalgesia Device: Interview with Tim Still, CEO of Myoscience
Myoscience, a medtech company based in California, has developed the iovera° cryoanalgesia device. The device was FDA cleared in 2013, with an additional clearance in 2017 for knee pain, and uses cryotherapy to freeze peripheral nerves to reduce pain without affecting nearby tissues. The company claims that the device is a useful alternative to opioid therapy for chronic pain. The iovera° is handheld, and can deliver precise, controlled doses of cryotherapy to specific sensory nerves through a series of needles. The needles create a cold zone around the nerve which is −20°C (-4° F). This causes the myelin sheath and ...
Source: Medgadget - March 28, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Orthopedic Surgery Pain Management Source Type: blogs