TUESDAY, Nov 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Addictive opioid painkillers aren’t the only option for patients seeking relief following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction, researchers say. As the United States wrestles with skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the findings may come as good news. AfterContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Nov. 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A widely available drug used to treat alcoholism has potential as a COVID-19 treatment, researchers say. The investigators found that people taking disulfiram (Antabuse) for alcoholism had a lower risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 and were less likely to die from COVID-19 ifContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who take medications that suppress the immune system don’t have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 than those with normal immune systems, a new study finds. Early in the pandemic, it was feared that people taking immunosuppressive drugs were atContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Tight blood pressure control — not too high and not too low — during surgery for spinal cord injuries may improve patients’ outcomes, a new study suggests. “Damage to neurons in spinal cord injuries leads to dysregulation of blood pressure, which in turnContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Nov. 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Most people know that sun-sourced vitamin D is good for their bones. So could avoiding the sun to reduce skin cancer risk weaken your bones? A new study brings a reassuring answer: “Sun-protective” behavior — wearing long sleeves, seeking shade or using sunscreenContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A few cups of your favorite brew — coffee or tea — each day might help keep stroke and dementia at bay, a large new study suggests. For close to 14 years, scientists stacked up coffee and tea consumption against the risk ofContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A 3-D virtual reality system to treat back pain was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday. The EaseVRx system is a prescription device for at-home use that combines cognitive behavioral therapy and other behavioral methods to treat patients 18Continue Reading

TUESDAY, Nov. 16, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A rare inflammatory condition associated with COVID-19 in children was more severe in the second wave of patients than in the first, researchers report. For the study, investigators examined the cases of 106 patients with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) who arrivedContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Certain commonly prescribed antidepressants appear to substantially lower the risk of dying among seriously ill COVID-19 patients, a large new study indicates. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are among the most widely prescribed drugs for the treatment of depression. They include drugs likeContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Nov. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Severe spinal cord injuries are incurable today in humans, but a new injectable therapy that restored motion in laboratory mice could pave the way for healing paralyzed people. The therapy — liquid nanofibers that gel around the damaged spinal cord like a soothingContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Nov. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Arm and shoulder pain are common for women after breast cancer surgery, and beginning a supervised exercise program soon afterwards can go a long way to easing the discomfort, new research suggests. As the team of British investigators explained, restricted shoulder movement andContinue Reading