FSMB Issues New Guidelines for Opioid Therapy, Chronic Pain Management

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) recently released an updated version of its guidelines for prescribers in the use of opioid therapy for chronic pain. The revised document draws on recent advisories from the CDC and the FDA, and...

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Genetic Testing Could Refine Opioid Prescribing Practice for Patients

A review of available research conducted by a team from Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands has identified 10 genes that may help prescribers to anticipate individual patient responses to opioid therapy. The genetic markers...

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Antifungal Medications May Ease Symptoms of Crohn's Disease?

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine report that high levels of the fungus Candida tropicalis may trigger inflammation and intensify painful colitis in sufferers of Crohn's disease. In their study of mouse models, the team induced...

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T-Cell Exhaustion Triggers Irritable Bowel Syndrome

New research conducted by a team in Australia reports that immune system exhaustion is associated with diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D), a specific type of the disease. The study followed patients with various types of IBS, comparing blood work over...

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Loperamide: The Newest Drug of Abuse Instead of Opioid Narcotics?

Researchers from Texas A&M Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy have recently highlighted a new concern emanating from the public health crisis of opioid abuse: the substitution of large doses of...

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Stem Cells to the Rescue in Prevention of Osteoarthritis

Researchers from Beaumont Health System, Michigan, have been studying the mechanism of stem cell response to injury that may have clinical implications for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Working with rodent models, they report that injury to...

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