Pneumonia is often relatively mild in healthy people, but it can be life-threatening for older adults, young children, and people whose immune systems are compromised by disease or medications. The good news is that there is an effective pneumonia vaccine available to fight it. In fact, according to the Centers
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According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 90 percent of people with low back pain will recover within a month even without any treatment. Thus, acute and subacute pain is best managed conservatively.
The latest guidelines by the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2017) strongly
What are opioids? That’s simple: Morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and fentanyl are opiods. Heroin is an illegal opioid. Opioids are derived from the opium poppy (or synthetic derivatives) and act on the nervous system to relieve pain.
What’s not so simple is why the United States is in the midst of
The number of first-time prescriptions for opioid drugs has not risen since about 2010. But according to new UCLA research, patients taking a class of drug known to increase the risk for overdoses were likelier to receive a first-time opioid prescription — a combination that could be linked to the
The statistics speak for themselves: Sales of precription opioid medications quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, and opioid-related deaths more than tripled from 1999 to 2012, according to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One question that has repeatedly been asked is, “How did
illions of Americans suffer on a daily basis from the pain, reduced mobility, and loss of function caused by arthritis. The condition can significantly affect work, leisure, and home life. Chronic pain, a common feature in arthritis, can rob the sufferer of his or her joy and zest for life.
DNA in Blood May Help With Early Cancer Detection
Researchers have discovered that DNA from cancerous tumors can be detected in the blood, which may help make it possible to detect and treat cancers earlier. The researchers analyzed blood samples taken from 44 healthy people and 200 patients with different stages
Persistent pain is a devastating condition that affects as many as 90 million Americans. Unlike short-term, acute pain—the kind that happens when you sprain an ankle—persistent pain may last for months, or even years. Whether the source of your suffering is arthritis, back pain, or nerve pain, it is important
Opioids Less Effective Than Expected.
While the U.S. is undergoing an opioid epidemic, new findings show that the millions of people who take opioids for back pain may not experience pain relief, and suffer side effects in addition. In a study of 2,030 people with low back pain, almost half took
If you are one of the millions of women with the degenerative joint disease called osteoarthritis (OA), you know how much of a toll it takes. OA of the knee is one of the top five causes of disability among community-living adults; more than 75 percent of OA patients report