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New guidelines on prescribing fewer opioids could have massive impact: Study
WoodysPhotos/iStock BY DR. NITHIN PAUL (NEW YORK) -- Surgeons in Michigan are prescribing fewer opioid medications after operations, but here's the kicker: Their patients are not complaining. A new study further explores whether too many opioids were being given to patients and how new guidelines can help surgeons curb usage without affecting pain relief. In the study, opioid dosages often were decreased to 18 pills from 26 pills, with "no clinically important changes in pain scores." "The results here are promising," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, co-author of "The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs To Know" and professor of practice at...
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Potentially toxic ‘miracle cure’ touted by fringe ‘church’ is back on FDA's radar
Doug Nash (NEW YORK) -- Reports of health problems from a dangerous so-called “miracle cure” marketed widely online in recent years as a mineral solution known as “MMS” -- whose promoters tout it as a treatment or cure everything from HIV/AIDS and cancer to autism and fibromyalgia –- are back on the rise, according to a new warning issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In a statement released earlier this month, FDA officials warn that ingesting MMS is “the same as drinking bleach” – a warning that was echoed by medical experts, toxicologists and chemists contacted by...
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New guidelines on prescribing fewer opioids could have massive impact: Study
Moussa81/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Surgeons in Michigan are prescribing fewer opioid medications after operations, but here's the kicker: Their patients are not complaining.A new study further explores whether too many opioids were being given to patients and how new guidelines can help surgeons curb usage without affecting pain relief.In the study, opioid dosages often were decreased to 18 pills from 26 pills, with "no clinically important changes in pain scores.""The results here are promising," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, co-author of "The Opioid Epidemic: What Everyone Needs To Know" and professor of practice at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public...
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Woman says she was told by doctor to lose weight, then diagnosed with cancer
Jen Curran (LOS ANGELES) -- A California woman who gave birth six months ago says seeking a second opinion after one doctor told her to lose weight may have saved her life.Jen Curran, 38, of Los Angeles, said her blood pressure was high and her OBGYN detected a high amount of protein in her urine during the second trimester of her pregnancy, which was her first.She was quickly diagnosed with the pregnancy complication preeclampsia and put on bed rest."My reaction was, 'Let me stay relaxed because of this baby,'" Curran told ABC News' Good Morning America. "I definitely put it...
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Three ways to stop the dreaded 'Sunday scaries'
Just_Human/iStock (NEW YORK) -- It's 5:00 on Sunday night and a familiar feeling of dread starts to set in, as the weekend slips away.Sunday scaries, Sunday night blues and Sunday depression are all terms used to describe the anticipatory anxiety for the week ahead.It's a phenomenon that has become commonplace, experienced by 81% of Americans, according to a survey by The Sleep Judge, a mattress review website.It's also become an extremely popular hashtag, with more than 160,000 #sundayscaries posts on Instagram.The good news for those suffering from Sunday night anxiety is that there are ways to ease the dread in...
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New product line is helping people embrace their baldness
Courtesy Comprehensive Cranium Care (NEW YORK) -- Kylie Bamberger was diagnosed with alopecia areata, also known as patchy hair loss, at age 12.By her 15th birthday, as her condition become more severe, Bamberger said she decided to shave her head. "I really wasn't comfortable with my bald head at all," Bamberger told ABC News' Good Morning America. So for years, she hid behind a wig full-time and didn't face her hair loss head-on.But ultimately, she accepted her journey and learned to embrace her baldness."I found my tribe, and once I became comfortable with myself ... I was able to embrace...
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FCC proposes 3-digit number, similar to 911, to combat national 'suicide epidemic'
releon8211/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with a plan to create a new three-digit hotline number, similar to 911, to enable quick access to national suicide prevention resources.In a report sent to Congress earlier this week, the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and Office of Economics laid out its recommendation to designate 988 as the three-digit dialing number to quickly access the nationwide suicide prevention and mental health hotline, the agency said on Thursday."The Lifeline has become the nation’s mental health and suicide prevention safety net," the report said. "In many communities the only immediately available...
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Virtual reality may mean real pain relief for hospitalized patients
bombuscreative/iStock (NEW YORK) -- For many hospital patients, pain is part of their reality. According to a new study, however, an unreal environment could help. Virtual reality can help.Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center tried virtual reality (VR) technology as a new treatment for pain -- and it seemed to work. From orthopedic pain to cancer pain, the patient's pain level went down across the board. Adults who were enrolled in the study were admitted patients of Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and had different types of pain. VR worlds were as different as mountain scenery with meditations and cartoon worlds...
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Minnesota Dept. of Health says 'severe lung injury' cases might be related to vaping
Paolo_Toffanin/iStock (SAINT PAUL, Minn.) -- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is asking health care providers to be on alert for lung diseases related to vaping and e-cigarette use among young adults after a Minnesota hospital reported several “severe” cases. Children’s Minnesota hospital has reported four cases of “severe lung injury” in the Minneapolis area that it says are similar to cases recently reported in Wisconsin and Illinois. The hospital also said it is “too early to say whether they are connected.” The patients spent several weeks in the hospital and some were admitted to the intensive care unit for...
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Study: Social media is harmful to teen girls’ mental health
JosuOzkaritz/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Teenage girls are affected by social media use more than boys, with the harmful effects being driven by three factors, according to a new study. In girls, frequent use of social media harmed their health by leading to inadequate sleep, inadequate physical activity and exposing them to cyberbullying, according to the study published Tuesday in the journal Lancet. The same did not hold true for boys who frequently use social media. Researchers from University College London tracked the social media use of nearly 13,000 teens in the U.K. from when they were 13 to 16 years...
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Surprise medical bills are on the rise: STUDY
LIgorko/iStock BY: DR. LAITH ALEXANDER(NEW YORK) -- A new study from Stanford University published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows surprise medical bills – when you visit a hospital and, some time later, get charged a bill – are on the rise.Dr. Eric Sun, lead author of the study and assistant professor of anesthesiology, pain medicine and health research and policy at Stanford University, and his colleagues used a national database to look at surprise billing from 2010 to 2016, all from one large commercial insurer."We looked at situations where people were admitted to an emergency room – where people have...
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What to know about BootySprout, an at-home glute training workout device
BootySprout (NEW YORK) -- Behold the BootySprout -- the at-home, glute-training device that will soon be taking over your Instagram.The BootySprout is designed to tone your butt by simulating weighted hip thrusts, but without any heavy weights. Ever since Kim Kardashian's infamous Paper magazine cover in 2014, booty workouts have become all the rage. The $155 BootySprout, which is lightweight and folds up for easy storage, is designed to make them easier to do without leaving your home.The device is designed and engineered by Michael Ballestero of California, who created it after trying the exercise at the gym and finding...
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