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Doctors May Be Over-Prescribing Seizure Drugs to Treat Pain
Physicians might be relying too heavily on off-label use of epilepsy drugs as an alternative to prescribing narcotic painkillers, two experts in internal medicine contend. Doctors are prescribing the anti-seizure drugs gabapentin Neurontin and pregabalin Lyrica to treat pain more frequently, partly in response to the opioid epidemic in the United States, said Dr. Allan Brett. He s a professor of clinical internal medicine with the University of South Carol ...
Healthday - Mon. Feb 26
My Off Switch Is Broken
For the first time in a long time, I managed to get a one-hour massage for myself and some quiet time with no kids to worry about. It basically came to the point of necessity, because I pulled my back, and I was in quite a bit of pain, and we moms always wait until we can barely function before taking care of ourselves. But that s another post for another day. As I laid there, in a silent room with no interruptions, waiting for the masseuse to come in, I c ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Feb 22
What To Do If You're Still Grieving
You might not understand the degree to which your personality your unique way of being in the world plays into your way of grieving. You may not have allowed for the circumstances of your loss and their impact on you. The importance, power, and uniqueness of your loss is sometimes overshadowed by analyzing your grief and attempting to gauge its correctness. This is why it is so helpful to write or tell your grief story an honest account of what happened to ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Feb 22
Nearly 200 Women Have Accused Massage Envy Of Sexual Assault
Nearly 200 women say they were sexually assaulted while visiting Massage Envy locations across the U.S., BuzzFeed News reported on Sunday. The investigative report said more than 180 women have filed sexual assault lawsuits, police reports and state board complaints against the massage chain, its franchised locations, and employees. Massage Envy provides little guidance to its 1,170 franchised locations in 49 states on how to properly handle sexual assault ...
Huffington Post - Thu. Feb 22
Aromatherapy: The Scent of Dispute
Aromatherapy is an affordable, accessible natural path to relief for a variety of health problems, ranging from arthritis pain to nausea to drowsiness, supporters insist. But skeptics dismiss any claims that the use of essential oils from flowers, herbs and trees can promote health in any way. And both sides are unlikely to relinquish their positions anytime soon. Aromatherapy works for so many different things, it is amazing, said Kelly Holland Azzaro, a ...
Healthday - Mon. Feb 19
Sex Lives Often an Overlooked Casualty of Traumatic Brain Injury
For the more than 3 million Americans living with traumatic brain injury, there is often an unspoken problem Many suffer from sexual dysfunction, something that is easily overlooked as patients struggle with overwhelming physical and emotional issues that can last for years, new research has found. The sexual difficulties usually become most apparent about six months after the injury and, if left unaddressed, worsen with time, said study author Jhon Alexan ...
Healthday - Mon. Feb 19
Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?
The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking opioids can increase your risk of getting a pneumococcal infection by about 60 percent. The risk was increased even more for long-acting formulations, high-potency opioids and high doses of opioids, said the study s lead author, Andrew Wies ...
Healthday - Sat. Feb 17
Physical Therapist Challenges 'No Pain, No Gain' Theory
Many people think if they re not sore after a workout, they didn t push themselves hard enough. But some experts challenge this view. There s no evidence that shows individuals with muscle soreness get stronger versus those that don t, said physical therapist Heather Henry, from University Hospitals Avon Health Center in Avon, Ohio. Soreness after a workout is caused by microscopic tears in muscle fibers. As the body repairs these tears, people can also de ...
Healthday - Wed. Feb 7
'Facial Stretches' Could Trim Years Off Your Look
Could facial yoga be a new fountain of youth A new, small study suggests it s possible. Investigators asked 27 middle-aged women between 40 and 65 to embark on a 20-week facial exercise regimen. For the first half of the study, the women were asked to perform 32 specific facial exercises daily, for about a half hour in total. For the remainder of the study period, the exercise regimen was performed every other day. Two dermatologists then compared photogra ...
Healthday - Wed. Feb 7
Aromatherapy: More Than Just a Pleasant Scent?
Aromatherapy is beginning to enter the medical mainstream, with groups as diverse as the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs touting the use of fragrance as a therapy that can complement traditional health care. There s little evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can directly cure illness, but research has found it can help reduce a wide range of symptoms and side effects in some people. Many specific ailments can benefit f ...
Healthday - Wed. Feb 7
Regular Phys Ed Builds More Than Fitness
Rules requiring regular physical education for young teens stem from good science, researchers say. Frequent phys ed classes not only improve fitness, they also encourage healthy living, finds a study from Oregon State University. Researchers looked at more than 400 students, ages 12 to 15. They found that more than one in five received no physical education, and only about 27 percent met federal government physical activity guidelines. Nearly 40 percent w ...
Healthday - Wed. Feb 7
Healing Hands: Massage May Ease Chronic Back Pain
Chronic low back pain can be a challenge to treat, but new research suggests that massage therapy may provide some relief. Current medical guidelines actually recommend massage therapy prior to the use of opioid medications for lower back pain, explained William Elder, the study s principle investigator. Yet even with those guidelines, physicians and nurse practitioners are not recommending massage therapy, said Elder. He s with the University of Kentucky ...
Healthday - Sat. Dec 9
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