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Infants Suffering From Opiate Addiction Withdrawal On The Rise
2012-05-01 09:34:18

Opiate withdrawal among infants increased three-fold between 2000 and 2009 due to prescription painkiller abuse among mothers-to-be, according to a first-of-its-kind study in the United States. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that the number of women testing positive for illegal or legal opiates increased fivefold in the same period. That´s more than 13,500 infants per year, or one drug-addicted baby born every hour, said lead...

2012-04-23 23:00:49

Former NBA Star Chris Herren´s message of hope and perserverence in a triumphant battle with the scourge of drug addiction has captured the imagination of young people across the country. Once one of the most highly touted Division 1 basketball prospects ever to emerge from the Northeast, Herren lost it all to cocaine, oxycodone, and heroin addictions, then clawed his way back from the brink of death to fashion a new life as an exemplar of courage and generosity. Now Chris Herren will...

2012-04-23 21:20:09

Patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and shortness of breath found that opioids provided relief and improved their quality of life, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). However, physicians are reluctant to prescribe opioids for this condition, meaning many people will not benefit from this treatment. The prevalence of COPD in Canada is increasing, and shortness of breath (dyspnea) is a major symptom that is difficult to treat and...

2012-04-18 13:42:36

Strong associations with circulatory diseases, respiratory conditions and cancer Long term opium use, even in relatively low doses, is associated with almost double the risk of death from many causes, particularly circulatory diseases, respiratory conditions and cancer, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. The findings remind us not only that opium is harmful, but raise questions about the risks of long term prescription opioids for treatment of chronic pain. The research...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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