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A Guide to Smoking-Cessation Options
People who want to quit smoking cigarettes no longer have to suffer through cold-turkey withdrawal. A number of options now exist, and though most have some side effects, experts generally believe that the benefits of quitting smoking far exceed the risks posed by side effects. Current options include Nicotine replacement therapy A variety of nicotine replacement products have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They include the nicotin ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
Making Acupuncture Even Safer
Uniformly improving the quality of acupuncture needles would help prevent potential problems such as skin reactions and pain, according to a new study. Acupuncture needle manufacturers, including the well-established ones, should review and improve their quality-control procedures for fabrication of needles, said researcher Yi Min Xie, of the Center for Innovative Structures and Materials at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Acupuncture, a centuries ...
Healthday - Thu. Sep 17
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