Duncan James Health: Blue singer ‘I could have spent the rest of my life in a wheelchair’

Duncan, 41, is an English singer, actor and television presenter. He gained notoriety as the one of five members from the UK boy band, Blue and also made a name for himself as an actor appearing on Hollyoaks in 2016. It was during his stint on the local soap however, when Duncan had to postpone filming due to a serious […]

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Opioid use and misuse three months after ED visit for acute pain

Opioid use at the three-month follow-up in emergency department patients discharged with an opioid prescription for acute pain is relatively low and not necessarily synonymous with opioid misuse. That is the conclusion of a study to be published in the August 2019 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM), a journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). The lead […]

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Stomach bloating: Doing this activity in ‘moderation’ can still cause you grief

Stomach bloating is caused by too much gas filling up the gastrointestinal tract. The feeling can cause intense discomfort, resulting in a stretched tummy and abdominal cramps. It is usually brought on by overindulging in gassy foods and fizzy drinks. One study reveals the extent to which alcohol can pose a risk. According to research presented at the American College […]

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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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