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High-dose opioid prescribing continues to climb in Canada

High-dose opioid prescribing continues to climb in Canada

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English: 2D structure of 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

High-dose opioid prescribing increased by 23 per cent in Canada between 2006 and 2011, despite clinical guidelines recommending that most patients should avoid high-doses of these drugs, according to new research.

Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) found…

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PAINKILLER EPIDEMIC: Thousands die but few doctors disciplined

PAINKILLER EPIDEMIC: Thousands die but few doctors disciplined

English: Pre-war Bayer heroin bottle, original...

English: Pre-war Bayer heroin bottle, originally containing 5 grams of Heroin substance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An ambulette driver in her 40s suffered a back injury. A medical assistant, 40, had a hysterectomy. A young mother had problem feet that ached after waitressing.

Each had pain. Each saw a local doctor. Each became addicted to painkillers in the same chemical family as heroin.

“If it…

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Significant increase in painkillers prescribed to U.S. adults visiting emergency departments

Significant increase in painkillers prescribed to U.S. adults visiting emergency departments

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English: Emergency Department of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, opened 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George Washington University (GW) researchers report dramatic increases in prescriptions of opioid analgesics, such as Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone and Dilaudid, during U.S. emergency department visits from 2001 to 2010. These findings were not explained by higher visit rates for painful conditions,…

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Pre-pregnancy risk drinking predicts toddler behavior problems

Pre-pregnancy risk drinking predicts toddler behavior problems

A 3D ultrasound taken of a fetus at 17 weeks.

A 3D ultrasound taken of a fetus at 17 weeks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Risk drinking before pregnancy can increase the risk of the development behavioural problems in toddlers. This comes from a new study using data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Early intervention to help and support mothers and their children could help to prevent these problems from developing into…

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Problem drinking in midlife doubles chance of memory problems in later life

Problem drinking in midlife doubles chance of memory problems in later life

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English: World map showing countries by annual alcohol consumption per capita (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry indicates that middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking are more than twice as likely to suffer from severe memory impairment in later life.

The study highlights the hitherto largely unknown link between harmful…

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