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Vitamin D deficiency may increase risk for addiction to opioids and ultraviolet rays

Vitamin D deficiency strongly exaggerates the craving for and effects of opioids, potentially increasing the risk for dependence and addiction, according to a new study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). These findings, published in Science Advances, suggest that addressing the common problem of vitamin D deficiency with inexpensive supplements could play a… Read More »

Older Patients at Risk When Dentists Prescribe Opioids

MONDAY, Sept. 28, 2020 — Seniors who take depression and anxiety drugs shouldn’t be prescribed opioid painkillers by their dentist because it puts them at increased risk for problems, researchers warn. They analyzed 2011-15 dental and medical data for 40,800 patients aged 65 and older across the United States. There were 947 emergency room visits… Read More »

Use of Prescription Opioids During Pregnancy Is Relatively Common

According to the most recent Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) survey conducted in 2019, 6.6% of the respondents reported prescription opioid use during pregnancy.  Use of prescription opioids was more common in certain groups. Prescription opioid use was the highest (10%) in women 19 years and under.  Among women who smoked cigarettes during pregnancy,… Read More »

Fighting opioids with an unlikely supplemental painkiller: Anti-itch medicine – Science Daily

Pain is a mosaic. From a distance, it looks like one big “ouch.” But if you step closer, many types of pain — like tiles of different shades — emerge. A headache doesn’t feel like a papercut. The sting of denim against a sunburn is nothing like the jolt of ice against a sensitive tooth.… Read More »

Johnson & Johnson earnings beat expectations despite legal challenges from opioids and talc

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday reported third-quarter earnings and revenue that beat expectations, boosted by higher sales of cancer and other prescription drugs, despite multimillion-dollar legal problems from talc and opioids. Here’s what the company reported compared with Wall Street estimates, based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv: Adjusted earnings per share: $ 2.12… Read More »