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Cutting Out Gluten May Help Some Battle Nerve Pain

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 28, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A sensitivity to gluten in the diet has been tied to the nerve damage known as neuropathy, and a new study seems to strengthen that link. The research showed that a gluten-free diet may help reduce nerve pain in some people with gluten sensitivity. “These findings are exciting because it might mean that a relatively simple change in diet could help alleviate painful symptoms tied to gluten neuropathy,” study lead author Dr. Panagiotis Zis, of

Herbal Drug Kratom Contains Opioids, FDA Says

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The popular botanical drug kratom essentially is an opioid, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared Tuesday. Nearly all of kratom’s major compounds bind to opioid receptors in the human brain, and two of the top five most prevalent compounds activate those receptors, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. In addition, there have been 44 reported deaths associated with the use of kratom, often in combination with other substances, Gottlieb said.Kratom grows naturally

Some In Pain Can Cut Opioids and Still Get Relief

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Some potentially good news for folks taking opioids for chronic pain: It’s possible to slowly reduce the dosage without increasing discomfort, new research suggests. That’s even true for people who’ve taken the drugs for a long time. One patient in the new study had used opioids for 38 years, the researchers said. “For some people, long-term opioids are necessary, but it’s pretty well known that there has been a high rate of overprescribing of opioids

Tamper-Resistant Opioids May Not Stop Addiction

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Tamper-resistant opioid pills — one attempt to curb prescription painkiller abuse — aren’t stopping overuse and overdosing, at least in Australia, new research shows. “This formulation was developed with the specific aim of reducing tampering, targeting behaviors such as injection or snorting,” said the study’s lead author, Briony Larance.But there was also the hope that tamper-resistant formulations of oxycodone might reduce opioid-related harms — such as overdose — more broadly, she said. Larance is

Rain May Not Cause Achy Joints After All

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Many people insist their joints ache more when it rains. But that popular notion might be all wet, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1.5 million older Americans found that people were no more likely to visit the doctor with joint or back pain during rainy weeks than sunny ones. Even among people with arthritis, there was no connection between rainfall and patient complaints about aches and pains. The findings