Risky Painkillers Commonly Prescribed for Osteoarthritis

Published guidelines warn that treating osteoarthritis (OA) with opioids and benzodiazepines can boost patients’ risk of falling. Nevertheless, physicians in a large health system were prescribing those drugs for the condition nearly a third of the time, often in the vulnerable elderly, according to a study reported here. More alarmingly, 3% of the patients received […]

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Gabapentin Plus Opioids for Chronic Pain?

Combining gabapentin (Neurontin) with opioids showed no advantage over opioids alone for chronic pain patients, a small preliminary study presented here showed. Patients who had either treatment plan experienced statistically significant improvement in pain over baseline, but adding gabapentin to opioids was not superior in providing pain relief, reported N. Nick Knezevic, MD, PhD, of Advocate Illinois […]

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This is How Much Daily Fiber to Eat for Better Health

More appears better in meta-analysis — as in more than 30 g/day Eating more dietary fiber was linked with lower risk of disease and death, a meta-analysis showed. According to observational studies, risk was reduced most for a range of critical outcomes from all-cause mortality to stroke when daily fiber consumption was between 25 grams […]

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