WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) — A unique genetic brew has benefitted a Scottish woman who lives virtually pain-free, heals more rapidly and experiences reduced anxiety and fear, researchers from University College London report. Pain geneticists have been studying the woman, Jo Cameron, for a decade. She came toContinue Reading

MONDAY, May 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) — For the first time ever, researchers have recorded specific brain activity associated with real-world chronic pain, using electrode implants to figure out which regions become active when people are in agony. The results provide further evidence that chronic pain is essentially different fromContinue Reading

SUNDAY, May 14, 2023 (HealthDay News) — It’s important to ask questions when your doctor or dentist writes you a new prescription. This is especially true for opioid pain medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone or morphine. While these drugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for acuteContinue Reading

MONDAY, May 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) — When Ann Alexander underwent chemotherapy to treat breast cancer a decade ago, she was warned about potential hair loss, nausea and vomiting. The 73-year-old wasn’t, however, told about the potential side effects of radiation therapy, namely acute radiation dermatitis. Symptoms can range fromContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, May 3, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana can safely reduce cancer pain, and is apparently so effective that patients wind up taking lower amounts of opioids and other pain meds, a new study reports. Weed produced clinically significant reductions in cancer patients’ worst pain, average pain and overallContinue Reading

TUESDAY, April 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) — People with cerebral palsy are more likely to be prescribed opioids to manage pain, making them vulnerable to the ongoing opioid crisis in the United States, according to a new study. While pain is common among patients with cerebral palsy, opioids may notContinue Reading

MONDAY, April 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Sciatica can send searing, unrelenting pain down your legs, and surgery is often recommended if other less invasive measures fail to bring relief. Unfortunately, a new study review suggests that such operations likely only provide temporary results, with pain typically returning within aContinue Reading

MONDAY, April 24, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Most people have heard of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. But for some, psoriatic arthritis is the new kid on the block. Here’s what you need to know about psoriatic arthritis, including symptoms, types and treatments. What is psoriatic arthritis? Psoriatic arthritis (PsA), aContinue Reading

MONDAY, April 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Arthritis is a common disease that causes pain and inflammation in different body joints, making it difficult to enjoy everyday tasks and physical activity. Fortunately, there are many different medications for arthritis. Depending on what type of arthritis you have and its severity,Continue Reading

THURSDAY, April 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) — It sounds like the stuff of a vampire novel, but for people with a group of rare genetic disorders, exposure to sunlight can cause excruciating pain. Now, an experimental medication is showing promise for helping them better tolerate the light of day. InContinue Reading

TUESDAY, April 11, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Over the past few years the escalating opioid crisis has touched off a complex debate about how best to reign in suicide risk among patients who are prescribed the addictive painkillers. The question: Could rapidly cutting back on legal opioid prescriptions help, orContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, April 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) — New mothers who gave birth early in the pandemic filled far more opioid prescriptions than American women did previously, raising concerns about the potential for narcotic misuse. About 38% of more than 460,000 women who gave birth from July 2018 through December 2020Continue Reading