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Better Storage Practice and Improved Packaging Technology can Protect More Children

Results of a national survey conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health conclude that up to 70% of opioid prescriptions kept in homes with children are not being safely stored. Safe storage was defined by the survey as...

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Compound Targets Non-opioid Pain Pathway, Provides Long-Duration Pain Relief

Researchers at the University of Utah have isolated a compound derived from snail venom that appears to target a pain pathway not associated with opioids. The compound, Rg1A, was tested in rodent models, and was found to...

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Study Finds Correlation Between Serum Vitamin D Levels and Incidence of Relapse

New research undertaken at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reports that the risk of clinical relapse for patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) is higher for those with lower serum vitamin D levels. The work builds on the previously known association between...

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Measures of Peripheral Vison Reaction Time - Quick, Inexpensive, and Objective

A research team with affiliations at a number of universities and funded by a grant from the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has reported that a new test of peripheral vision reaction time (PVRT) may permit better diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion. Corresponding author Peter Bergold, PhD, professor of...

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Risk for Reoperation Increases with Amount Smoked

New research conducted at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia concludes that smoking contributes to higher risk of septic complication for patients who have undergone total hip or knee replacement surgery. These infections frequently result in the need for repeat surgery. Senior author Matthew Austin, MD, commented...

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Wealth, Education as Risk Factors for Incidence of Severe Pain and Disability

New research led by a medical sociologist from University at Buffalo, New York, concludes that older Americans who are less educated and poorer are much more likely to be impacted by chronic pain than their wealthier, better-educated counterparts. The findings deliver bad news...

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Updated Clinical Guideline Reaffirms Efficacy of Radiation Therapy, Could Spur Increased Utilization for Bone Metastases

An updated clinical guideline released by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) reaffirms the efficacy and safety of palliative radiation therapy in the treatment of symptoms of painful bone metastases. The new guideline is...

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Effective Knee OA Therapy Should Target Both Strength and Speed of Force

An observational study conducted by researchers at University of Kansas Medical Center has provided further insight into the association between lower limb muscle tone and risk for development or worsening of knee osteoarthritis (OA). Quadricep muscle weakness has...

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Properly Timed Prophylactic Ketamine Administration and PTSD Symptom Onset Prevention

Results of new research from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) suggest that ketamine, administered prophylactically as a single dose, may be effective in preventing the onset of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The study, based on research on mice, was...

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Respiratory Depression: Synergistic Effect of Opioids + Alcohol = Increased Risk

The risk of opioid induced respiratory depression (OIRD), especially among elderly patients, may be even more pronounced than previously thought, according to findings from a new study published online this week in the journal Anesthesiology. The study reports that...

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