Opioids: Why 'dangerous' drugs are still being used to treat pain
Despite links to UK hospital deaths and a US addiction crisis, opioids remain the painkiller of choice. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low-Dose Ketamine May Be a Safe Opioid Alternative Low-Dose Ketamine May Be a Safe Opioid Alternative
A literature analysis shows ketamine is as effective as morphine for short-term pain relief in emergency departments but had more nonsevere side effects.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

FDA announces halt to U.S. Essure sales by Bayer
The FDA said today that Bayer will no longer sell or distribute its Essure permanent birth control device in the US, effective December 31. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the action follows a “series of earlier actions that the FDA took to address the reports of serious adverse events associated with its use,” according to an FDA release. “For women who have received an Essure implant, the postmarket safety of Essure will continue to be a top priority for the FDA. We expect Bayer to meet its postmarket obligations concerning this device,” Gottlieb said in a prepared statement. In April, the fe...
Source: Mass Device - July 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Regulatory/Compliance Women's Health Bayer Source Type: news

Arthritic pain can be reduced with sinew acupuncture
(Natural News) Acupuncture has been proven by numerous studies to be an effective treatment against various types of pain. Sinew acupuncture, a new modality of this ancient practice, was observed to provide almost immediate benefits for specific types of injuries. A team of scientists is seeking to understand the mechanisms of sinew acupuncture and determine... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Treating that pain in your butt: Relieve piriformis syndrome with these little-known non-invasive treatments
(Natural News) Have you ever felt pain or tenderness in one of your buttocks? Has an inexplicable tingling or numbness spread from that area down to the rest of your leg? If you’ve ever experienced either of these sensations, then you may have piriformis syndrome. Taking its name from the piriformis muscle, this condition occurs... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia symptoms: Five signs you need to visit your GP for help
FIBROMYALGIA symptoms usually consist of widespread pain in the body, but other signs are also linked to the condition, such as feeling tired. If you have the symptoms for at least three months you should go see your GP for help. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low Back Pain: Do Guidelines Get it Right?
Are you up-to-date on current LBP guidelines for primary care? Find out with our 11-question quiz. ©Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com   (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - July 20, 2018 Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: news

Stomach bloating - the yoga pose that could relieve trapped wind pain
STOMACH bloating can be caused by certain foods in your diet, or by eating too much in one sitting. But you could get rid of trapped wind or an uncomfortable belly by doing this quick and easy ‘arching pigeon’ yoga exercise. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Raise Alarm About Shortages Of Pain Medications
Hospitals across the country are reporting significant shortages of pain medication. A survey of anesthesiologists found that 95 percent say it is impacting patient care.(Image credit: Rick Bowmer/AP) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Wade Goodwyn Source Type: news

Could Botox Cousin Combat the Opioid Epidemic?
FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 -- A modified type of botulinum toxin -- botox -- gave mice long-term pain relief and may someday be a safer alternative to opioids as a treatment for chronic pain, according to British researchers. They " deconstructed " the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Could Botox Cousin Combat the Opioid Epidemic?
Title: Could Botox Cousin Combat the Opioid Epidemic?Category: Health NewsCreated: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 20, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Where Are Opioid Painkillers Prescribed the Most?
Title: Where Are Opioid Painkillers Prescribed the Most?Category: Health NewsCreated: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/20/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 20, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

A 36-Year-Old Woman in Undetermined Pain: USMLE Question A 36-Year-Old Woman in Undetermined Pain: USMLE Question
A 36-year-old woman frequently presents to the emergency department with pain-related complaints. What is the cause?Osmosis (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Med Students Interactive Quiz Source Type: news

Needle-Free Option for Collecting Blood Adopted
Designed to draw blood from in-dwelling peripheral IV catheters and eliminate the need for multiple needle-sticks, PIVO is being implemented at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for inpatient blood draws. “UH is rolling out PIVO in 20- and 22-gauge sizes,” which are commonly used for most patients, including some toddlers, Velano Vascular chief executive and co-founder Eric Stone told MD+DI. The company had won 510(k) clearance from FDA for an updated design last year. “As an institution, we continually look for innovative new technologies that improve the delivery and quality of care we provi...
Source: MDDI - July 20, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: IV Products Source Type: news

Eye drops to stop blindness?
Tests have already shown they can work on rats but now Birmingham University researchers have proven the pain-free method can work on larger mammals. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health care utilization following motor vehicle collision is poorly stratified by chronic pain risk: lessons from the CRASH study - Beaudoin FL, Rosellini AJ, Bortsov A, McLean SA.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

As Q2 revenue takes expected dip, NeuroMetrix looks to recoup with updated product launch, GSK partnership
Earnings reports shared by neurostimulation and digital medicine company NeuroMetrix during a Q2 investors ’ call showed a slight drop in total revenue as the company is preparing to place its marketing weight behind the launch of its updated wearable pain relief product, Quell. However, the company remained profitable during the quarter thanks to sales of its other product, DPNCheck. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 19, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

& lt;small & gt;L & lt;/small & gt; - Glutamine Reduces Number of Pain Crises in Sickle Cell Disease
Significantly fewer pain crises, hospitalizations compared with those receiving placebo (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - July 19, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Oncology, Pediatrics, Pharmacy, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Botulinum toxin compound may be effective against chronic pain
Researchers have found a modified form of botulinum toxin -- used to treat facial fine lines and wrinkles -- relieved pain without adverse side effects in mice. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Weight Loss May Be Better for Patients With Arthritis More Weight Loss May Be Better for Patients With Arthritis
Dropping 10% of body weight reduced pain and improved function in overweight patients with knee OA. Losing an additional 10% further reduced knee joint loading and improved quality of life.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

FDA to review Ocular Therapeutix ’ s resubmitted NDA for Dextenza implant
Ocular Therapeutix (NSDQ:OCUL) said today that the FDA formally accepted its resubmitted new drug application for Dextenza, an ocular implant designed to administer pain-relief drugs following ophthalmic surgery. The FDA issued a complete response letter to the Bedford, Mass.-based company last year, rejecting Ocular’s Dextenza application for the second time. The U.S. regulatory agency is set to decide whether or not to approve Dextenza based on its revised application by Dec. 28. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business News. The post FDA to review Ocular Therapeutix’s resubmitt...
Source: Mass Device - July 19, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Implants Optical/Ophthalmic Pharmaceuticals Wall Street Beat oculartherapeutix Source Type: news

L-Glutamine Reduces Number of Pain Crises in Sickle Cell Disease
THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 -- For patients with sickle cell-related pain, those receiving oral therapy with L-glutamine have a lower median number of pain crises, according to a study published in the July 19 issue of the New England Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Short and long arm cast and pain after discharge in children who underwent reduction of distal forearm fracture in the emergency department: a study protocol for a randomized comparative effectiveness study - Giacalone M, Capua T, Shavit I.
Distal forearm fracture is the most common fracture in childhood. Patients with this type of injury suffer from meaningful pain after Emergency Department (ED) discharge. Previous studies demonstrated that short arm (below-the-elbow) casts perform as well ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Lung cancer: Most common warning signs of deadly tumour - are you at risk?
LUNG cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, and symptoms may be difficult to spot in its early stages. These are the warning signs of the lung condition, including chest pain and coughing up blood. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Signs and symptoms of medullary thyroid cancer
Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is a rare type of thyroid cancer. The earliest sign of MTC is typically a painless lump in the neck. Later symptoms can include pain or discomfort, hoarseness, coughing, and difficulty swallowing or breathing. If caught early, the outlook for MTC is often very good. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Head and Neck Cancer Source Type: news

A dangerous waiting game? A review of patient access to inguinal hernia surgery in England
This report argues that thousands of predominately-male patients are being made to suffer in pain and, in rare cases, are at risk of death due to the NHS restricting access to groin hernia operations. The research findings, produced in conjunction with the British Hernia Society reveals that 57 per cent of clinical commissioning groups are denying patients quick access to the procedure. This is despite the fact that the only curative treatment for patients with a groin hernia is surgery (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stomach bloating - avoid eating this ‘nutritious’ food or risk trapped wind pain
STOMACH bloating can be caused by certain foods in your diet, or by eating too much in one go. You can get rid of trapped wind pain or a swollen belly by avoiding eating this “nutritious” food. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa:Life Esidimeni - Compensation Paid, but Justice Delayed
[Daily Maverick] Affected families have received compensation for the Life Esidimeni disaster, but the pain lingers as they mourn their loved ones and wait for the responsible officials to face justice. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

High blood pressure - this toilet routine could be a sign of hypertension
HIGH blood pressure symptoms include chest pain, difficulty breathing and severe headaches. But you could also be at risk of hypertension if you do this every time you visit the toilet to pass urine. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supplement May Ease the Pain of Sickle Cell Disease
Title: Supplement May Ease the Pain of Sickle Cell DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 19, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Resetting E-Prescriptions for Opioids Helps Curb Use: Study
Title: Resetting E-Prescriptions for Opioids Helps Curb Use: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/19/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 19, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Chronic pain: New compound may replace opioids
Researchers have designed a drug that may soon be a safe, effective alternative to opioids for treating moderate-to-severe chronic pain. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pain / Anesthetics Source Type: news

Most common shoulder operation is no more beneficial than placebo surgery
(University of Helsinki) In a landmark study published this week in the BMJ, Finnish researchers show that one of the most common surgical procedures in the Western world is probably unnecessary. Keyhole surgeries of the shoulder are useless for patients with 'shoulder impingement', the most common diagnosis in patients with shoulder pain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Transporting Patients to Appropriate Receiving Destinations
You and your partner find Mark, a 48-year-old male, sitting at the dining room table complaining of difficulty breathing and weakness. His skin is pale and clammy. He appears lethargic and is struggling to breathe. He looks at you as you enter the room and responds by thanking you for coming. As you begin to assess Mark, you note that his skin is warm and his pulse rate is fast. Your partner applies oxygen and you see Mark’s pulse oximetry increase from 91% to 95%. Mark tells you he had a cancerous tumor surgically removed from his lung and was released from the hospital a few weeks ago. He denies any ...
Source: JEMS Operations - July 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Dennis Edgerly, MEd, EMT-P Tags: Columns Operations Source Type: news

Acute poisoning in children from Jatropha curcas seeds - Moshobane MC, Wium C, Mokgola LV.
The semi-evergreen shrub, Jatropha curcas is native to Central and South America, but now occurs worldwide. Four children suffered severe symptoms of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting after ingesting the seeds of J. curcas. These cases support the listin... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Relieving pain with botox
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - July 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Maroso, M. Tags: twis Source Type: news

Driving Medical IoT Concepts with Force-Sensitive Resistor Technology
The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a growing wave of change that brings several new challenges to design engineers across all industries and markets. While it is a somewhat nebulous concept, IoT is broadly defined as a network of smart devices that communicate with one another wirelessly, with little-to-no direct human interaction. In general, physicians and patients are becoming more accepting of medical treatment methods that offer the best opportunity for patients to live a normal life. Human contact will always be an important part in all medical treatment, but the development of smart medical devices, systems, an...
Source: MDDI - July 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Rob Podoloff and  Andy Dambeck Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Disk Degeneration: Pain Medicine News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, provider type influences whether patient receives opioid Rx (Source: MedPage Today Neurology)
Source: MedPage Today Neurology - July 18, 2018 Category: Neurology Source Type: news

Supplement May Ease Sickle Cell Pain
Endari, a medicine-grade version of the dietary supplement L-glutamine, reduced sickle cell patients' number of acute pain crises by 25 percent compared with a placebo, researchers have found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CCTA biomarker spots high-risk plaques in heart disease
An increase in pericoronary adipose tissue attenuation -- a biomarker associated...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CCTA reduces unnecessary invasive coronary procedures Stress echo beats CCTA for evaluating chest pain CCTA usage rate rises sharply, but still eclipsed by MPI CCTA predicts heart events in stable chest pain patients Radiologists now use CCTA more than cardiologists do (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Endari (L-Glutamine) Supplement May Ease the Pain of Sickle Cell Disease
WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 -- An FDA-approved supplement reduces episodes of severe pain in people with sickle cell disease, a new clinical trial shows. Endari, a medicine-grade version of the dietary supplement L-glutamine, reduced sickle cell... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Supplement May Ease the Pain of Sickle Cell Disease
WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 -- An FDA-approved supplement reduces episodes of severe pain in people with sickle cell disease, a new clinical trial shows. Endari, a medicine-grade version of the dietary supplement L-glutamine, reduced sickle cell... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

More Women Are Having Heart Attacks During Pregnancy and Birth
The number of women who have a heart attack during pregnancy, labor or in the weeks following birth appears to be rising. In a new study, published Wednesday in the journal Mayo Clinical Proceedings, researchers looked at more than 49 million births.Among the women who gave birth, 1,061 had a heart attack during their labor and delivery; 922 had heart attacks during their pregnancy, and 2,390 women had heart attacks after they gave birth. Overall, the risk of having a heart attack was relatively low. But the risk increased 25% from 2002 to 2014, the researchers found, which they call a concerning rise. Among women who had...
Source: TIME: Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Heart Disease Pregnancy Source Type: news

Synthetic Botox Treats Chronic Pain in Mice
Researchers silence pain neurons in the mouse spinal cord with injections of botulinum toxins modified to bind to the neurons' receptors. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - July 18, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Pfizer-Lilly pain drug meets late-stage trial goals
An experimental osteoarthritis drug developed by Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly and Co achieved its main goal of lowering pain in a late stage trial, the companies said on Wednesday, potentially offering a safer alternative to opioids. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Viewpoint: How Maryland is playing a leading role in the primary care revolution
This is the third time this year the 72-year-old man has landed in the emergency department of his community hospital with chest pain. After a thorough assessment that includes an ECG, blood tests, chest X-ray, and CT scan, the treating physician determines the patient is not having a heart attack — he forgot to refill his angina medication prescription and had missed several doses. This scenario is far more common than it should be, especially for people age 65 and older. According to the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pain, Sleeplessness Often Precede MS: Study
WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 -- Pain, sleep problems and mental health disorders are common in the five years before someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a new study reveals. Knowing about these symptoms could help doctors diagnose and start... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 18, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Pfizer-Lilly pain drug found effective in late-stage study
An experimental drug developed by Pfizer Inc and Eli Lilly and Co achieved its main goal of reducing pain in osteoarthritis patients in a late stage trial, the companies said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Back pain - 85p ‘top superfood’ could prevent lower backache
BACK pain could be prevented by watching your diet, or by changing your sleep position. You could also slash your risk of lower back pain symptoms by eating more of this “top superfood” fruit. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Latest on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Title: The Latest on Chronic Fatigue SyndromeCategory: Health NewsCreated: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/18/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - July 18, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news