Safest, most effective medications for spine-related pain in older adults?
Acetaminophen has a favorable safety profile for spine-related pain but nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have greater efficacy.
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Antidepressants may curb opioid overdose
“If you are treating someone with pain, particularly chronic pain, it’s critically important to better assess their depression and not to...
Sleep-deprived physicians less empathetic to patient pain?
“Pain management is a major challenge, and a doctor’s perception of a patient’s subjective pain is susceptible to bias.”
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Persistent abdominal pain: Not always IBS
The challenge of diagnosing and treating persistent abdominal pain can be tackled by greater awareness of the multiple potential causes of this...
How we treat acute pain could be wrong
“What we’ve been doing for decades not only appears to be wrong, but appears to be 180 degrees wrong.”
Hope for quicker and more accurate endometriosis diagnosis
Researchers will investigate whether a 20-minute imaging scan with an experimental imaging marker can detect the most common types of...
PA convicted of distributing more than 1.2 million opioid pills
Using anti-inflammatory drugs may prolong back pain
“Inflammation occurs for a reason, and it looks like it’s dangerous to interfere with it.”
‘Goodie bag’ pill mill doctor sentenced to 2 decades in prison
Regardless of the patients’ complaints, the internist gave them tote bags with prescription drugs, including muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatories...
Medical ‘myths’ persist despite evidence, says professor of medicine
Dogma about shellfish allergies and contrast agents, “sinus headaches,” and other beliefs continue to affect patient care, even though the...
Antibiotic treatment alone less effective in children with more appendicitis pain
“Families need to be made aware that treatment failure is not uncommon, and they should be provided with anticipatory guidance on how to proceed...