opioids

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Newswise — Many Medicare patients with new episodes of low back pain receive care inconsistent with current guidelines – including high use of opioids and advanced imaging tests, reports a study in the February issue of Medical Care. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters...

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The crisis of opioid overdose has led us to the challenge of balancing compassionate and effective treatment of pain against the risks of medication misuse, all in an environment of political and regulatory reactiveness. What are the core ethical principles to help ensure that the needs of patients...

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The crisis of opioid overdose has led us to the challenge of balancing compassionate and effective treatment of pain against the risks of medication misuse—in an environment of political and regulatory reactiveness. Dr. Zacharoff reminds of some core ethical principles to help ensure that the needs...

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Newswise — Opioid overdoses take the lives of tens of thousands of Americans annually. Two researchers from Penn State College of Medicine have received nearly $5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study whether an already-approved drug can be used to reduce cravings and prevent...

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New opportunities: looking for nonopioids. Some make a lot of sense. Some are uninspiring: when I think about the world relying on them, and them alone, as opioids become harder and harder to get. That’s the world we presently live in. However, prescribing is going down, and the death rate is going...

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Newswise — People suffering from opioid addiction and chronic pain may have fewer cravings and less pain if they use both mindfulness techniques and medication for opioid dependence, according to Rutgers and other researchers.

The study, published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence,...

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Noted key opinion leader Lynn McPherson, PharmD, MA, BCPS, CPE, answers our questions about what’s happening now in pharmacotherapy, palliative care, and opioid therapy.

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Newswise – Routine use of opioids after vasectomy doesn't improve pain control, but is associated with a substantial rate of persistent opioid use in the months after the procedure, reports a study in the October issue of The Journal of Urology®, Official Journal of the American Urological...

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Newswise — Although there is little evidence that opioids effectively reduce pain from rheumatic diseases, a new study finds nearly one in three patients with lupus uses prescription opioids, often lasting longer than a year.

Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, often leaves those affected with...

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The opioid pendulum probably has been swinging back and forth for thousands of years. How incredibly polarized opinions about opioids has been at various points in time—from “They are a gift from god” to “They are the devil personified.” And whenever I speak on it, I’ve started virtually every talk...

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