Fed panel opposes CDC opioid guidelines


cdcA key government panel that oversees pain research will file a formal objection to proposed opioid prescribing guidelines being drafted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those guidelines, which are set to be released next month, would discourage primary care physicians from prescribing opioid pain medications.

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Researchers Develop New Painkiller from Lidocaine

Researchers Develop New Painkiller from Lidocaine

A fast acting pain reliever widely used to treat everything from itching to dental pain could be developed into a new medication that offers longer lasting pain relief.

“Because of its versatility and effectiveness at quickly numbing pain in targeted areas, lidocaine has been the gold standard in local anesthetics for more than 50 years,” said George Kracke, PhD, an associate professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Missouri (MU) School of Medicine.
“While lidocaine is effective as a short-term painkiller, its effects wear off quickly. We developed a new compound that can quickly provide longer lasting relief. This type of painkiller could be beneficial in treating sports injuries or in joint replacement procedures.”

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A Pained Life: Hey Handicap!

A Pained Life: Hey Handicap!

You may have seen a story in the news a few weeks ago about an Ohio woman with a prosthetic leg who left a note on the windshield of a car parked in a handicapped spot. The car had no handicapped ID, placard or license plate, so it appeared it was parked illegally, taking a place someone with a handicap (and proper ID) might have needed.
The owner of the car responded to the note in a very, very nasty way – leaving a note of her own:

“Hey handicap! First, never place your hands on my car again! Second, honey you ain’t the only one with ‘struggles.’ You want pity go to a one leg support group!” the note said.

There was no excuse for what she wrote. When a picture of the note was posted on Facebook, it went viral.
I abhor it when I see someone without proper ID parking in a handicapped spot. I have a handicapped license plate which allows me to park in the designated spots.

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New Drug May Treat Constipation Caused by Strong Painkillers


New Drug May Treat Constipation Caused by Strong Painkillers

A new drug holds promise as a safe and effective treatment for constipation caused by prescription narcotic painkillers, new research states.

Constipation is a common side effect experienced by patients taking these powerful medications for chronic pain. When laxatives failed to provide relief, two phase 3 trials found the once-daily drug naloxegol could help.

“The studies showed rapid and sustained improvement for these patients, without compromising their pain management,” study author Dr. William Chey, a gastroenterologist and professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System, said in a university news release.  To read more please go to this link: