Kratom herbal supplement used to treat addiction and pain found unsafe by researchers

The herb kratom is increasingly being used to manage pain and treat opioid addiction, but it’s not safe to use as an herbal supplement, according to new research led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. William Eggleston, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Binghamton University, had been seeing more and more patients presenting with toxicity […]

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They’re cutting opioid prescriptions by stopping pain before it starts

Doctors today are reducing their patients’ need for strong opioid medications after surgery by pre-treating patients with other pain relievers before they even enter the operating room. While opioids relieve patients’ pain and suffering, between 8% and 12% of those who take these drugs develop an opioid use disorder. At Keck Medicine of USC, health professionals are part of a […]

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Arthritis: Having a dull sensation in this body part could mean you have the condition

Arthritis is a condition which effects various tissues inside joints. Arthritis can occur as a result of acute or chronic inflammation in a joint and its surrounding soft tissues. Having a feeling of dullness or even a burning sensation in your hands is usually an early symptom of arthritis. This pain often occurs after periods of increased joint use, such […]

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Antidepressants can lead to reductions in behavioral and neural responses to pain empathy

Depression is a disorder that often comes along with strong impairments of social functioning. Until recently, researchers assumed that acute episodes of depression also impair empathy, an essential skill for successful social interactions and understanding others. However, previous research had been mostly carried out in groups of patients who were on antidepressant medication. Novel insights of an interdisciplinary collaboration involving […]

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Researchers pioneer new model of care for patients with back pain in NZ

Researchers are pioneering a new model of care for patients with back pain in New Zealand, in a bid to address what is a costly and growing problem. University of Otago researchers, together with their colleagues at AUT have been working to develop the stratified care model for management of low back pain (STarT Back) in New Zealand. The model, […]

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Claire King health: The Emmerdale star’s ‘really bad’ health battle

Born in 1962, Emmerdale star Claire King was raised in Harrogate and started out in the music industry before embarking in a career as an actress. King’s first acting experience was when she was 25 years old in a film called Eat The Rich. In 2000, King joined the cast of Bad Girls, playing a wing governor in the hard-hitting […]

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New discovery in how mammals sense the cold could lead to new pain relief drugs

Researchers at UCL have shown for the first time that mammals detect different intensities of cold using distinct sensory neuron systems, a finding which could lead to the development of new drugs to treat cold pain. The study on mice, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, set out to understand more about the two known sensory neuron […]

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‘Alexa, I’m in pain’: Smart assistants could help combat opioid crisis

For patients suffering with chronic pain, relief could soon be found as close as their nearest smart assistant. Researchers at Penn State are developing a way to deliver on-demand, guided mindfulness practices via Amazon Alexa to patients experiencing chronic pain. Through their method, a smart assistant will provide Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practices to individuals in their homes. MBSR is […]

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Combination of music and painkillers allows for improved treatment of pain

Music for pain? In various previous studies already investigated the therapeutic effect of music. Researchers found that the combination of music with one of four painkillers a promising Complementary strategy to the pain, allows treatment. In a recent study by the University of Utah, it was found that a combination of music and analgesics is beneficial in the treatment of […]

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