• Painkillers Could Increase Chronic Pain

    Painkillers Could Increase Chronic Pain

    Patients suffering from chronic pain may rely on painkillers to cope with their illness, and possible addiction and abuse is always a concern. However, researchers have found a new problem with opioid painkillers, with one study suggesting these drugs can actually increase pain when used long-term. Professors Peter Grace and Linda Watkins, along with colleagues

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  • Sickle Cell Kids Could Benefit from Underused Treatment

    Sickle Cell Kids Could Benefit from Underused Treatment

    Sickle cell disease can leave children weak and gasping for breath, but new research offers hope. Researchers have discovered that an existing but underused drug can help improve lung function in sickle cell kids with little risk of serious side effects. The study comes from Anya McLaren, MD and other researchers at the Hospital for

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  • Treating Addiction with OTC Drugs Could be Fatal

    Treating Addiction with OTC Drugs Could be Fatal

    While wanting to reduce dependence on drugs is a healthy goal, doing it wrong could be dangerous. A new trend involves people addicted to opioids using over-the-counter diarrhea medication to help with their withdrawal symptoms, or to get high, potentially putting themselves at risk for heart attack. The warning comes in a study published in

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  • Neurologists Recommend Botox for Migraine, Spasms

    Neurologists Recommend Botox for Migraine, Spasms

    Botox and similar drugs might be best known for their wrinkle-smoothing ability, but doctors use them for a wide variety of medical conditions. Now the drugs have received an official thumbs-up from neurologists who say Botox is an effective treatment for migraine and other neurological disorders. The new recommendations come in the form of guidelines

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  • Over-the-Counter Drugs Linked to Dementia

    Over-the-Counter Drugs Linked to Dementia

    Taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold or flu may seem harmless, but researchers have a new warning. A common ingredient in certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs has been linked to an increased risk of dementia. The study comes from Shannon Risacher, Ph.D., an assistant professor of radiology and imaging sciences, and other researchers at the

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  • Male Birth Control Method Shows Early Promise

    Male Birth Control Method Shows Early Promise

    While women have various options to protect themselves from pregnancy, the options for men are much more limited. Researchers may now be closer to an effective, reversible birth control method for men as a contraceptive injection shows promise in rabbits. The latest development comes from the Parsemus Foundation, which developed the contraceptive called Vasagel. They

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