Family of heart surgeon given 'near-fatal dose of opioids' for back surgery pain sues hospital
Prominent Florida heart surgeon Dr J Lancelot Lester was given high doses of Dilaudid via IV after a back surgery and suffered a near fatal overdose a lawsuit against the hospital claims. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Viral tweets warn women their heart attacks can be different
"I almost died because I didn't call it chest pain," one woman tweeted after surviving a heart attack (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stomach bloating - three spices to add to you dinner for trapped wind pain
STOMACH bloating could be caused by eating certain foods in your diet, or by eating too much in one go. You could also be at risk of trapped wind pain and tummy aches by eating more of these spices. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some Kotex tampons were unraveling inside people’s bodies. Kimberly-Clark just recalled them.
Some consumers also reported irritation, infections, injuries and abdominal pain among other issues, related to some U by Kotex Sleek Tampons. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Meth Playing Bigger Role in US Drug Overdose Crisis
NEW YORK (AP) — A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The percentage of overdose deaths involving meth grew from less than 5 percent to nearly 11 percent. Meth is not the main killer among illicit drugs. Fentanyl was involved in the highest percentage of fatal overdoses in 2016, followed by heroin and cocaine. Meth was fourth. But it was only eighth as recently as 2012. It's not clear wh...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - December 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Meth Playing Bigger Role in US Drug Overdose Crisis
NEW YORK (AP) — A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. The percentage of overdose deaths involving meth grew from less than 5 percent to nearly 11 percent. Meth is not the main killer among illicit drugs. Fentanyl was involved in the highest percentage of fatal overdoses in 2016, followed by heroin and cocaine. Meth was fourth. But it was only eighth as recently as 2012. It's not clear wh...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Mike Stobbe, Associated Press Medical Writer Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

Researchers developing nonopioid drug for chronic pain
(Virginia Tech) Researchers from the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience are teaming with the University of California San Diego and the U.S. National Institutes of Health to develop a drug -- now in its earliest stages -- that can treat certain types of chronic pain without the addictive consequences of opioids. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Arthritis pain - the Christmas treat that could reduce your joint pain symptoms
ARTHRITIS pain affects around 10 million people in the UK. Adding this Christmas snack to your diet could reduce and lower your risk of arthritis joint pain symptoms, including inflammation and restricted movement. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes pelvic pain?
A wide range of infections and underlying conditions can cause pelvic pain, most of which are treatable. Learn about the possible causes of pelvic pain here, as well as when to see a doctor. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Body Aches Source Type: news

Inspired Organics Issues Voluntary Recall of Organic Sunflower Butter Due to Potential Health Risk
Inspired Organics, LLC has issued a voluntary recall of Organic Sunflower Butter due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. (Source: Food and Drug Administration)
Source: Food and Drug Administration - December 11, 2018 Category: Food Science Source Type: news

Boy, 6, is fighting for his life as flesh-eating bacteria spreads through his legs
Chance Wade, six, of McComb, Mississippi, began complaining of leg pain in mid-November. Doctors eventually discovered he had an infection that destroys tissue under the skin. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Prostate cancer and back pain
Back pain is a common complaint with many possible causes. In some cases, chronic, unexplained back pain can occur with advanced prostate cancer. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Prostate / Prostate Cancer Source Type: news

Prophylactic Mesh Implantation Reduces Hernia Formation
TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 -- Prophylactic mesh implantation reduces the incidence of hernia formation among patients undergoing elective open abdominal surgery but increases early postoperative pain and leads to prolonged wound healing of surgical site... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 11, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Gunman Fires at Mass in Brazil Cathedral, Kills at Least 4
Story updated at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A man opened fire in a cathedral in southern Brazil after Mass on Tuesday, killing four people and wounding four more before taking a bullet in the ribs in a firefight with police and then shooting himself in the head, authorities said. The shooting happened right after the midday service had ended at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Sao Paulo. "It's so sad," said Wilson Cassante, a press officer with the archdiocese. "It's hard to imagine the pain this has caused." Hours after pa...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - December 11, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Peter Prengaman & C.H. Gardiner, Associated Press Tags: News Terrorism & Active Shooter Source Type: news

In2Bones intros ‘ see-through ’ implant for flat feet
(Image courtesy of In2Bones) Orthopedic surgical device developer In2Bones announced the global launch of its “see-through” PitStop implant for children and adults with flat feet. One of the most common foot deformities, flat-foot often starts during adolescence and continues into adulthood. In2Bones (Memphis, Tenn.) developed the PitStop subtalar implant to restore the stability of a patient’s arch during the walking process. Several traditional metallic sublatar implants can be limiting because of material’s stiffness compared to the adjacent bones, causing pain and biomechanical adaptat...
Source: Mass Device - December 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Implants Orthopedics In2Bones Source Type: news

Stomach bloating - the simple drink that could prevent trapped wind pain after dinner
STOMACH bloating could be caused by certain foods in your diet, or even by standing up while eating. But you could lower your risk of trapped wind pain and stomach aches by adding this drink to your post-dinner routine. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lung cancer - the 10p vegetable to add to your shopping list to avoid symptoms
LUNG CANCER risk could be lowered by making some diet changes, and by giving up smoking, if you ’re a smoker. You could lower your chances of lung cancer symptoms, including coughs and chest pain, by eating more of this cheap vegetable. Are you at risk? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

So can you REALLY massage the pain away? It all depends if the gadget's any good
While nothing can replicate the feel of a hands-on massage, gadgets offer a useful alternative.But which ones are any good? We review and rate a selection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals
The Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) announces revisions to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) or CAHPS Hospital Survey. The revision removes three pain management questions to help address concerns related to opioid prescriptions. CMS also announces an extension of Student Health Insurance Coverage information collection. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - December 11, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Veterans Health Administration Hospitals Outperform Non - VHAs
When 121 regions were considered together, VHA care was better for 14 of 15 outcome measures (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - December 11, 2018 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Infections, Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Radiology, Surgery, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Geriatrics, Journal, Source Type: news

72 percent of Americans are willing to try CBD oil to treat pain, survey finds   
Among the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, nearly three quarters are willing to give CBD oil a shot at treating it instead of addictive prescription painkillers, a new Remedy Review survey suggests. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Back pain warning - drink this TEA every morning to avoid waking up with backache
BACK pain could be prevented by watching your diet, or by changing your sleep position. You could also lower your risk of lower back pain symptoms by drinking this tea every morning. It could even prevent backache, it ’s been claimed. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stomach bloating - 30p fruit you should eat after dinner to prevent trapped wind
STOMACH bloating could be caused by eating certain foods in your diet, or by eating too much in one go. You could lower your risk of trapped wind pain and tummy aches by eating this fruit after your dinner every day. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Smoking Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia
MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 -- Smoking tobacco is a risk factor for cognitive dysfunction in patients with fibromyalgia (FM), according to a study presented at the 17th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting, a meeting of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nagging Low Back Pain? Try Mindfulness
MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 -- Almost no one is immune to occasional low back pain. But when it's chronic, when simple movement seems impossible, it can keep you from enjoying life. And painkillers aren't always the answer. Why not try meditation rather... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nagging Low Back Pain? Try Mindfulness
Title: Nagging Low Back Pain? Try MindfulnessCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/10/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/10/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - December 10, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

'Doc, sometimes I'm in pain!': How do patients want to discuss symptoms with clinicians?
(Regenstrief Institute) A new Regenstrief Institute study has found that patients want to tell their doctors about their symptoms and would be willing to do so via a formal reporting system, but patients are reluctant to report symptoms if they perceive busy clinicians will not use that information to improve care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

First Nations children and youth experiencing more pain than non-First Nations children
(Canadian Medical Association Journal) First Nations children and youth are experiencing more pain than non-First Nations children, but do not access specialist or mental health services at the same rate as their non-First Nations peers, found new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Review aims to tackle ‘problematic polypharmacy’
Chief pharmaceutical officer to lead the review which will also look at efficiency and new technology Related items fromOnMedica Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine Public should ask GPs about drugs ’ relative risks and benefits GPs are letting down heart failure patients MPs want GPs to record prescription drug abuse Terminally ill patients get inadequate pain relief (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 10, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Stomach bloating - four dinner foods you should AVOID or risk trapped wind pain
STOMACH bloating could be caused by eating certain foods in your diet, or by eating too much in one go. If you often suffer from trapped wind pain or tummy aches, these are the foods you should avoid in your dinner. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tiny 'jellybean' in the thumb ends pain of hand arthritis and increases grip strength
A tiny ‘jellybean’ implanted in the thumb joint could relieve the pain and immobility of hand arthritis, according to new research. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Laugh in the Face of Anxiety
Anxiety occasionally visits us all. When we give an important presentation, take a test, go on a first date or walk down a dark alley our minds and bodies naturally respond by going on high alert and attuning to the potential dangers and risks of these endeavors. A healthy amount of anxiety prevents us from falling victim to those dangers and risks. Choosing not to go down that dark alley could be a life-saving response. But an excessive amount of anxiety can increase our risk of suffering negative consequences. The millions of people who suffer from social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder...
Source: Psych Central - December 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Nichole Force, M.A. Tags: Anxiety Creativity Amygdala Humor Laughter Neuroscience Source Type: news

High blood pressure warning - could your headache be ‘life-threatening’? Signs revealed
HIGH blood pressure symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and finding blood in your urine. But you could be at risk of “life-threatening” hypertension if your headache is accompanied by these signs. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High blood pressure warning - is your headache a sign of a ‘life-threatening’ stroke?
HIGH blood pressure symptoms include chest pain, shortness of breath, and finding blood in your urine. But you could be at risk of “life-threatening” hypertension if your headache is accompanied by these signs. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sharing Mayo Clinic: An active life restored, thanks to regenerative medicine
For years, Rick Amatuzio lived with severe back pain that kept him from the active life he'd always savored. But advanced diagnostic tests and regenerative medicine therapy at Mayo Clinic ultimately led to a complete recovery. Now Rick once again can play sports and enjoy the outdoors free from pain.? ? A typical weekend for [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - December 9, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Scientists find GARLIC may treat lingering Lyme disease
(Natural News) Lyme disease can be difficult to treat. If caught early, a round of antibiotics can clear up the infection and resolve symptoms, but that isn’t always the case. Roughly 10 to 20 percent of sufferers go on to experience ongoing symptoms like joint pain and fatigue. Known as persistent Lyme infection, it can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Altered global mRNA expressions of pain and aggression related genes in the blood of children with autism spectrum disorders - Sener EF, Taheri S, Sahin MC, Bayramov KK, Marasli MK, Zararsiz G, Mehmetbeyoglu E, Oztop DB, Canpolat M, Canatan H, Ozkul Y.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by repetitive stereotypic behaviors, restricted interests, social withdrawal, and communication deficits. Aggression and insensitivity to pain are largely unexplained in these cases. We analyzed nine mRNA exp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Ultrarestrictive Opioid Rx Protocol Cuts Postoperative Opioid Use
UROPP reduces opioids prescribed after gynecologic, abdominal surgery without negative effects (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - December 8, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gynecology, Oncology, Pharmacy, Surgery, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Medical marijuana user, 78, evicted from subsidized housing
A 78-year-old man who uses a wheelchair and takes marijuana for back pain has been evicted from his federally subsidized apartment in upstate New York (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Infant ibuprofen recalled from Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar
Three lots of liquid ibuprofen for infants sold as store brands by Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar have been recalled by the manufacturer, Tris Pharma, Inc. The recalled lots of the product have been found to potentially have higher concentrations of ibuprofen, and children inadvertently given a higher dose could suffer side effects including kidney damage, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea, the company said in a statement.  The recalled doses of the pain reliever and fever reducer… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

Infant ibuprofen recalled from Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar
Three lots of liquid ibuprofen for infants sold as store brands by Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar have been recalled by the manufacturer, Tris Pharma, Inc. The recalled lots of the product have been found to potentially have higher concentrations of ibuprofen, and children inadvertently given a higher dose could suffer side effects including kidney damage, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea, the company said in a statement.  The recalled doses of the pain reliever and fever reducer… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Anne Stych Source Type: news

The New Old Age: Older Americans Are Flocking to Medical Marijuana
Oils, tinctures and salves — and sometimes old-fashioned buds — are increasingly common in seniors ’ homes. Doctors warn that popularity has outstripped scientific evidence. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: PAULA SPAN Tags: Marijuana Medical Marijuana Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Elderly Sleep Chemotherapy Nausea Pain-Relieving Drugs Journal of the American Geriatrics Society JAMA Neurology (Journal) Duke University Medical Center Casarett, David J Orange Source Type: news

Arthritis pain - does cracking your knuckles cause the joint pain condition?
ARTHRITIS pain affects around 10 million people in the UK, and symptoms include joint pain and inflammation. Could you be at risk of arthritis symptoms by cracking your knuckles and the bones in your hands? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stomach bloating: The breakfast fruit that ‘beats bloating’ and could prevent trapped wind
STOMACH bloating could be caused by eating certain foods in your diet, or by eating too much in one go. You could also lower your risk of trapped wind and tummy pain by adding this breakfast fruit to your diet. It could “beat bloating” and prevent the condition from coming back. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SAPB for Minimal Invasive Heart Surgery SAPB for Minimal Invasive Heart Surgery
Can serratus anterior plane block reduce morphine consumption and improve management of post-operative pain when compared with continuous wound infiltration following minimal invasive heart surgery?BMC Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy associated with fewer pills dispensed
(JAMA Network) An ultrarestrictive opioid prescribing strategy was associated with a reduction in the number of pills dispensed in a study of patients having surgery   for gynecologic cancer, without changes in postoperative pain scores, complications or increases in prescription refill requests. Under the protocol,   patients having ambulatory or minimally invasive surgery weren't prescribed opioids at discharge unless they required more than five doses of oral or intravenous opioids while in the hospital. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Is Low-level Laser Therapy an effective method to alleviate pain induced by active orthodontic alignment arch-wire? A randomized clinical trial.
ConclusionsLLLT is effective in alleviating the intensity and duration of pain experienced by patients after the engagement of alignment arch-wire. However, there is no specific indication for the usage of LLLT according to the amount of crowding. (Source: Dental Technology Blog)
Source: Dental Technology Blog - December 6, 2018 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Despite concerns, opioids remain legitimate pain medications, says Health Canada
In an email, Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette said opioids are legitimate medications that help alleviate pain, and a recall may not be needed. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

These harmful habits may be contributing to your neck pain
(Natural News) Are you in constant pain because of a stiff neck? If you want to ease the discomfort in your neck, read on to learn more about three bad habits that could be causing neck pain. What causes neck pain? You may not be aware of it but sometimes common and repetitive actions can... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Artificial-Intelligence Smartphone App Significantly Reduced Severity of Cancer Patients ’ Pain and Hospital Admissions
A study of 112 people with metastatic solid tumors found that the use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based smartphone app reduced both the severity of patients ’ reported pain and hospital admissions.12/06/2018 (Source: Kidney Cancer Association)
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - December 6, 2018 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news