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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...

2012-04-12 23:00:48

As published on March 27th, 2012 in the Pharmaceutical Business Review, Insys Therapeutics launched Subsys (Fentanyl sublingual spray) for the management of persistent cancer pain. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic narcotic analgesic used to treat breakthrough cancer pain and is commonly used in pre-procedures as a pain reliever as well as an anesthetic. On September 2nd 2011, the widower of a New York woman, Steven Shemelia filed a lawsuit (case no. 2:2011cv05559) at the Philadelphia Court of...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.