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2006-03-10 12:22:15

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An experimental "Pain Medication Appropriateness Scale" (PMAS) appears to be a useful tool for assessing the suitability of prescribing practices in nursing homes and for testing whether interventions to improve prescribing behavior are effective, investigators report. Improving pain management in nursing homes has become a priority for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission for Accrediting Health...

2005-10-10 15:00:33

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Chronic pain is a condition that affects one in five Americans without regard for their race or finances. But a new study finds that minorities and people with low incomes have less access than high-income white people to the medications that will help them endure their pain. In a wide-reaching study of 95 pharmacies in ZIP codes with predominantly white populations and 93 pharmacies in ZIP codes with predominantly minority populations, researchers at the University of...

2005-08-29 14:40:04

Washington -- A new study has found that opiate drugs such as morphine leave animals more vulnerable to stress. This means that stress and opiates are in a vicious cycle: Not only does stress trigger drug use, but in return the drug leaves animals more vulnerable to stress. The study, conducted at the University of New South Wales, helps to explain why people who use opiates such as heroin have very high rates of anxiety problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, even after they stop...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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