If prescribed opioids for pain, ask lots of questions: FDA

(HealthDay)—If your doctor prescribes opioid painkillers such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine or morphine for you, there are a number of questions you should ask, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises. Opioids can be used to treat certain kinds of acute and chronic pain, but can have some serious side effects, most notably addiction. If you’re prescribed opioids, the FDA […]

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Why the US might ask people to wear face masks to fight coronavirus

After months of telling the public not to use face masks, the United States is looking into revising its recommendations, following the example set by some Asian countries that have been more successful in fighting the coronavirus. The reason? Many people without symptoms are contagious without knowing it—and the thin barrier provided by a simple surgical mask, or even a […]

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Toddler has such bad eczema strangers ask if he’s a BURNS victim

Toddler has such bad eczema strangers ask if he’s a BURNS victim and he ‘only sleeps for four hours a night’ because of the constant itching Theo Burchell developed patches of red, itchy skin at just six months old The now two-year-old claws at his skin every night until it bleeds His mother Hannah Burchell even had to call 999 when he […]

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You’re having a heart attack. Why not ask for help?

A perceived inability to act on symptoms could signify a life-threatening situation, according to research published today in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). Most deaths from heart attack occur in the first few hours after the start of symptoms. Quick treatment is crucial to restore blood flow to blocked arteries […]

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ASK THE GP: Dr Martin Scurr answers your health questions

ASK THE GP: Has my bowel operation damaged my little finger? Dr Martin Scurr answers your health questions Shortly after having a bowel operation I discovered that both my little fingers were numb — the one on the right being particularly bothersome. The orthopaedic doctor examined the nerves of the elbow regions for a possible cause, promising further appointments. Is […]

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