Is reducing opioids for pain patients linked to higher rates of overdose and mental health crisis?

Opioid therapy is complex. In recent years, a rise in opioid-related deaths and changing prescribing guidelines and regulatory policies have led many physicians to reduce daily doses for patients prescribed stable opioid therapy for chronic pain. Some patients have reported that this dose reduction process—called tapering –has been difficult, sometimes involving worsened pain, symptoms of opioid withdrawal and depressed mood. […]

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Home-visiting program shows promise of reducing risk of obesity among Native American children

Lessons on healthy feeding practices delivered to young mothers through a brief home-visiting intervention put Native American infants on a healthier growth trajectory, lowering their risks for obesity, according to a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior research suggests that adult obesity, which is linked to […]

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Disney World is reducing its hours, but not for the reason you might think

The happiest place on earth has some sad news for Mickey Mouse fans — but the reason why may surprise you. Sadly, Disney World is already operating at reduced hours and now will be decreasing them even more, according to the Washington Post. The safety of cast, crew, and guests amid a global pandemic is surely why the park is […]

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Best urban design for reducing road injuries

City design combining more public transport and rail networks with smaller, low speed blocks are the best to reduce road transport injuries, according to a new global study co-authored by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. The findings are published in The Lancet Planetary Health. The research identified the best and worst performing city designs with respect […]

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Reducing aluminium intake can minimize potential health risks

In addition, the contributions of the various sources of total aluminum intake by the population were compared with one another. A high intake of aluminum compounds can cause, among other things, neurotoxic developmental disorders as well as damage the kidneys, liver and bones. The BfR bases its assessment of the population’s aluminum intake from food on the latest consumption and […]

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Natural lipids in buttermilk could contribute to reducing cardiovascular risk in vulnerable populations

Dairy products contain a wide variety of lipids, including triglycerides and polar lipids, the latter being specific lipids that naturally stabilize fat droplets and are notably found in cream and buttermilk. Polar lipids play a crucial physiological role as they are essential components of cell membranes. Preliminary experiments in rodents had revealed the beneficial effects of milk polar lipids on […]

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Reducing B cells with CAR T cells is effective treatment of experimental lupus

Depleting the number of harmful B cells with a novel immunotherapy that employs modified T cells may offer an effective strategy to treat lupus, according to a new study funded by the Lupus Research Alliance. These findings offer a renewed optimism for the elimination of B cells to provide a therapeutic option in lupus and pave the way for clinical […]

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