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Many U.S. Vets Suffer Chronic Pain, Take Narcotic Painkillers: Study
Nearly half of U.S. soldiers returning home are caught in the grip of chronic pain, with a substantial number of them relying on addictive narcotic painkillers to help them cope, a new study finds. About 44 percent of the members of an Army infantry brigade reported chronic pain even three months after returning from their tour of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq, nearly double the estimate for the civilian population. Civilian chronic pain rates are about 26 p ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acetaminophen May Not Help Against Back Pain, Study Contends
Even though its use is often advised by doctors, the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol -- does not help treat lower back pain, according to a new Australian study. The researchers found the drug was no more effective than a dummy pill for more than 1,600 people suffering from acute lower back pain. Besides showing no effect in easing discomfort, the study also found the drug was no help in improving sleep woes tied to back pain, nor did it ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Lidocaine Injection May Help Treat Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests
The pain of fibromyalgia might be eased with injections of the painkiller lidocaine, a new study suggests. People with fibromyalgia complain of chronic pain throughout their body as well as an increased sensitivity to pain. Doctors often have trouble treating this pain because it s unclear what causes it, the study authors noted. In the new study, injecting lidocaine into peripheral tissues -- such as the muscles in the shoulders or buttocks -- effectively ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Many U.S. Workers on Disability Use Narcotic Painkillers, Study Finds
A growing number of Americans on work disability chronically use powerful prescription painkillers, according to a new study. Researchers found that between 2007 and 2011, about 44 percent of people receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were prescribed narcotic painkillers each year. And the percentage using the drugs long-term rose from 21 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2011. Experts said the trend is worrying because narcotic painkill ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture May Not Help Chronic Knee Pain, Study Finds
Acupuncture doesn t improve knee pain any more than sham acupuncture, according to a new study. Among patients older than 50 years with moderate to severe chronic knee pain, neither laser nor needle acupuncture conferred benefit over sham for pain or function, the study authors wrote. Our findings do not support acupuncture for these patients. Sham acupuncture is any form of fake acupuncture, used so that researchers can test whether benefits from the trad ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests
Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most. The poll of roughly 35,000 American households provides the first snapshot of the pain landscape in the United States, the survey authors said. The bottom line Significant and debilitating pain that endures for three months or more is now a common feature in the lives of an estimated 39 million Americans. I ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Breast cancer patients who experience pain and swelling related to their treatment may find relief in acupuncture and exercise, new research suggests. In one study, acupuncture helped reduce joint pain by up to 40 percent, said study author Dr. Jun Mao, director of the integrative oncology program at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. And it didn t matter if people thought it would work or not, he found. While ot ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
U.S. Doctors Cutting Back on Painkiller Prescriptions: Study
Nine out of 10 primary care doctors in the United States are concerned about prescription drug abuse in their communities, a new study finds. And, nearly half of the physicians surveyed said they were less likely to prescribe powerful painkillers than they were just a year ago. Researchers surveyed 580 internists, family doctors and general practitioners across the country. They found that 85 percent of doctors believe that narcotic painkillers opioids suc ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Many Women of Childbearing Age Take Narcotic Painkillers: CDC
Too many women of childbearing age take narcotic painkillers, putting any unborn babies at risk, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Thirty-nine percent of females aged 15 to 44 who were enrolled in Medicaid filled a prescription for a narcotic painkiller each year from 2008 to 2012, says a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC . Among privately insured women, that rate was 28 percent. We are concerned because we know tha ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
New Guidelines for People With Nasal Allergies
For the one in six Americans bothered by nasal allergies, new guidelines have been issued to help doctors diagnose and treat their sniffles and sneezes. The recommendations from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation spell out the do s and don ts for treating what s formally known as allergic rhinitis, and often called hay fever. What we re really talking about are allergies that are found all year-round and in every enviro ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
More Than Half of Women Have Hot Flashes for at Least 7 Years
Menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats aren t a short-term problem. More than half of women experience these unpleasant change-of-life symptoms for seven years or more, a new study finds. Women should not be surprised if their hot flashes last a number of years, said lead researcher Nancy Avis, a professor of social sciences and health policy at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. Four out of five women experience hot flashes and ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Belief in Acupuncture Key to Effect on Back Pain, Study Suggests
Acupuncture for back pain is more likely to help people who believe the treatment will work, new research suggests. The study included 485 people who received acupuncture for back pain and completed questionnaires before they began treatment, at two and three months into treatment, and then again at six months after treatment. Patients who had low expectations of acupuncture before they began the therapy gained less benefit than those who believed it would ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17