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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Chest pain, stress tests warrant attention even if arteries are clear

Patients who experience chest pain and have abnormal results on a cardiac stress test but who do not have blocked arteries often experience changes in their symptoms and stress test results over time, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session Together with World Congress of Cardiology (ACC.20/WCC). “Even though these patients had very abnormal […]

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If you’re ageing and on medication, it might be time to re-assess your alcohol intake

Drinking patterns tend to change as we age. The older we get, the more likely we are to drink on a daily basis. But older adults often perceive that drinking is only a problem if a person appears drunk. Australia’s draft alcohol guidelines recommend healthy adults drink no more than ten standard drinks per week and no more than four […]

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Should we start asking our friends if they're in the right 'headspace' to chat?

When someone on Twitter shared an exchange where a friend asked if she was in the ‘right headspace’ before sharing something that might hurt them, the conversation quickly went viral. Yana Birt showed the message and posted; ‘I just want to say, a lot of y’all dump information on your friends at the wrong time without their consent. If you […]

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If your health care provider is nice, you’ll feel less pain

Having blood drawn by a courteous health care provider can really take the sting out of those procedures, suggests a study being presented at the Anesthesiology 2019 annual meeting. In fact, an empathetic provider—one who asks about patients’ previous experiences with needles and takes their preferences into account—could make all the difference when it comes to pain management. Patients in […]

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Can you still be healthy if you’re overweight?

(HealthDay)—If you’re overweight but have dodged chronic health issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, you might not think that losing weight is a priority. But an analysis of five years of records on 3.5 million people—underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese—has found reason for concern. The researchers discovered that even if people didn’t have any metabolic diseases at […]

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Full-fat milk is OK if you’re healthy, but reduced-fat dairy is still best if you’re not

The Heart Foundation now recommends full-fat milk, cheese and yogurt or reduced-fat options as part of its updated dietary advice released yesterday. This moves away from earlier advice that recommended only reduced-fat dairy when it comes to heart health. So, what’s behind the latest change? And what does this mean for people with high blood pressure or existing heart disease? […]

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How to tell if your upset stomach is a viral infection

An upset stomach can be a result of many things. When symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and fever, chances are it’s a viral infection. “A viral gastroenteritis, which we sometimes call ‘a stomach bug’ or ‘a stomach flu,” is a common reason for having an acute onset of vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes with fever,” says Dr. Tina Ardon, a Mayo […]

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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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