Does Your Race Determine Your Opioid Dose?

A recent study presented at the American Pain Society 2019 Scientific Meeting looked into opioid prescription across different racial groups. The study found that minorities and people of color were prescribed opioid medication less frequently at a lower potency than their white counterparts for similar injuries. Hispanic, black, and Asian people were all prescribed opioids at lower MME units than white people for long bone fracture cases. For example, white patients are more likely to get prescribed oxycodone, which is…

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Can a smartphone app cure your headaches?

Headaches and migraines can be incredibly debilitating. Many treatments are ineffective and have side effects. What if there was a way for you to manage your migraine pain with an app on your phone?  Thanks to a new device, you can. The FDA recently approved a wearable device that connects to your smartphone for acute migraine treatment. The device is called the Nerivio Migra, and it is produced by Theranica Bio-Electorinics. The device is placed on the upper arm and…

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Why is Naloxone Under Prescribed?

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a relatively harmless drug that combats the effects of an opioid overdose. Naloxone works by fighting the depression of the central nervous system and allows the respiratory and cardiovascular systems to continue to function in the event of an overdose. This medication can be life saving, but why are Naloxone prescriptions lower than anticipated? A recent study published in JAMA Network Open describes the low percentage of Naloxone prescriptions despite the large number of…

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Excessive Opioids May Be Prescribed to Kids

No one ever wants to see kids in pain. Everyone wants to do everything they can to protect children, but sometimes situations occur in which some pain is necessary. Certain surgeries can vastly improve a child’s quality of life, or even save it in some cases. After a surgery, the road to recovery can be long and painful. In an attempt to decrease the amount of time that a child is in pain and the severity of that pain, some…

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