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2014-06-30 23:05:32

In an article published by JAMA Internal Medicine, LTC Wayne B. Jonas, MD, USA (Ret.), President and CEO of Samueli Institute, and LTG Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD, USA (Ret.) discuss the excessive use of opioids in the U.S. military and present a call to action to integrate medical practices that have proven to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain. Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) June 30, 2014 With thousands of military personnel returning from war, the issue of chronic pain and its long-term...

2014-06-19 23:02:42

The Makers of Topricin® Natural Pain Relief & Healing products invite their customers and community to join them in mission to help those in need who suffer with pain and addiction. Rhinebeck, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2014 For over 20 years, the Topricin project has humbly and positively assisted hundreds of thousands of people suffering with pain and those addicted to painkillers to achieve fully restored and robust healthy living. Unfortunately, millions of people continue to...

2014-06-19 16:26:04

SAN FRANCISCO, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) reported that partner AstraZeneca today announced that the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has published results of two pivotal Phase III studies - KODIAC-4 and KODIAC-5 of naloxegol, an investigational treatment for opioid-induced constipation (OIC). Opioids play an important role in chronic pain relief by binding to mu-receptors in the brain, but they also bind to mu-receptors in the bowel. That is why...

2014-06-19 16:25:52

LONDON, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AstraZeneca today announced that the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has published results of two pivotal Phase III studies - KODIAC-4 and KODIAC-5 of naloxegol, an investigational treatment for opioid-induced constipation (OIC). Opioids play an important role in chronic pain relief by binding to mu-receptors in the brain, but they also bind to mu-receptors in the bowel. That is why patients taking opioids for chronic pain can develop OIC. In...

Prescription Pain Killer Deaths Outnumber Heroin, Cocaine Overdoses
2014-06-18 07:35:39

Rebekah Eliason for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Reports from a new study at McGill University indicate that there are a greater number of deaths from commonly prescribed painkillers than from heroin and cocaine overdose combined. This study is the first of its kind and highlights a huge public health issue. Death from prescribed painkillers has dramatically increased in recent years with 16,000 US deaths in 2010. In per capita opioid consumption, the United States and Canada...

2014-06-12 16:26:24

SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) reported today that partner AstraZeneca announced that the majority of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC) members voted that the FDA should not require cardiovascular outcomes trials for the peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist (PAMORA) class of drugs, which includes MOVANTIK(TM )(naloxegol oxalate), an investigational...

2014-06-11 08:28:42

SAN FRANCISCO, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), a biopharmaceutical company developing novel pain and cancer therapeutics, today announced that NASDAQ has halted trading of the company's common stock. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee (AADPAC) is meeting on June 11-12, 2014 to discuss potential cardiovascular risk associated with peripherally-acting opioid receptor antagonists which...

2014-06-10 12:29:31

CHICAGO, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- At the International Anesthesia Research Society annual conference, which took place May 17-20, 2014, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety presented results from the first national survey of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) practice. The survey results showed good news and bad news for patients receiving opioids. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131024/CG03341LOGO Attendees present at the results lecture expressed...

2014-06-09 08:28:46

New Express Scripts Research Identifies High Prescribers Among Peer Groups SAN DIEGO, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty percent of U.S. narcotic prescriptions in 2011-2012 were written by only five percent of opioid prescribers, according to a study Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX) presented today at AcademyHealth's annual research meeting. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20080827/EXPRESSSCRIPTSLOGO The study identifies prescribers who prescribe opioids at a much higher rate...

2014-06-05 13:33:09

University of Michigan Health System With naloxegol, adults found relief from opioid-induced constipation Pain medicines often lead to constipation for patients seeking long-term pain relief, but an investigational once-daily drug may help, according to study led by the University of Michigan Health System. Globally, approximately 28 million to 35 million, or nearly half, of patients taking opioids for long-term pain develop constipation. Laxatives provide sub-optimal relief. The...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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