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Opioid Tracking Is Killing Americans

The Heroin Gap in Opioid Tracking Is Killing Americans | Cato Institute By Jeffrey A. Singer – This article appeared on The Hill on August 24, 2017.

Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are state-based data banks that track opioid and other controlled substances prescribed by healthcare providers and filled by patients at pharmacies.

They are supposed to cut down on the abuse and overuse of such substances by reducing the rate at which physicians prescribe opioids.

While many policy makers think they’re a great idea, they may be actually contributing to the rise in opioid overdose deaths.   Continue reading


Most Americans Don’t Trust Others

Most People Say They Don’t Trust Each Other. So What? – 07.18.2017 / By Dalmeet Singh Chawla

Do people have a problem placing trust in one another? At least in an abstract, globalized sense, the answer is yes, according to a study published earlier this year.

More than half the citizens living in 68 countries didn’t trust one another, researchers reported in the Journal of Public Affairs.

Less trust usually has two direct effects on people’s livelihoods, said Holmberg, who is based at the University of Gothenburg.

  1. If you tend not to trust your fellow man, it’s not good for your health
  2. It also makes everyday processes less efficient and more time-consuming.  Continue reading

Pain, Not Catastrophizing, Predicts Opioid Use

Pain Severity Leading Predictor of Prolonged Opioid Use After SurgeryAmerican Pain Society – Sept. 5, 2017

Thank goodness, someone finally did research to prove the obvious:

It’s not catastrophizing that predicts who will still take opioids months after surgery, it’s the severity of the original pain/injury/illness.

New research reported in The Journal of Pain shows the strongest predictive factors for prolonged opioid use after a traumatic musculoskeletal injury and surgery are pain severity and a poor sense of control over pain.  The Journal of Pain is the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society.   Continue reading

Gabapentin (Neurontin) versus Pregabalin (Lyrica)

Gabapentin (Neurontin) versus Pregabalin (Lyrica)– Last update: July 21, 2017

This is an interesting site with “Comprehensive Information on Prescription Drugs” and offering many head-to-head comparisons of specific medications.

It has the HONcode seal, so the articles contain valid information with scientific references.

Difference between Gabapentin and Pregabalin  Continue reading

Better Analysis Needed on Non-Medical Use of Opioids

Better Analysis Needed on Non-Medical Use of Opioids — Pain News Network

There is a vast difference between prescription and prescribed opioids.

  • Prescription opioids are intended to be prescribed as medicines.
  • Prescribed medicines are actually prescribed by a physician and dispensed by a pharmacy.

Approximately 75 % of fatal overdoses from prescription opioids in the U.S. occur in people who have not been prescribed opioids during the three months preceding their deaths.   Continue reading

PEG: 3-item Scale Assessing Pain Intensity and Interference

Development and Initial Validation of the PEG, a Three-item Scale Assessing Pain Intensity and Interference  – free full-text PMC2686775

Inadequate pain assessment is a barrier to appropriate pain management, but single-item “pain screening” provides limited information about chronic pain.

Selected items assess

  1. average pain intensity (P),
  2. interference with enjoyment of life (E), and
  3. interference with general activity (G).  Continue reading

Vibration therapy: clinical applications in bone

Vibration therapy: clinical applications in bone – Free full-text PMC article – 2015 Jun

The musculoskeletal system is largely regulated through dynamic physical activity and is compromised by cessation of physical loading.

There is a need to recreate the anabolic effects of loading on the musculoskeletal system, especially in frail individuals who cannot exercise.

Vibration therapy is designed to be a nonpharmacological analogue of physical activity, with an intention to promote bone and muscle strength.   Continue reading

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life

A Tiny Tweak to Gut Bacteria Can Extend an Animal’s Life – The Atlantic – Ed Yong –  JUN 15, 2017

Most of the worms in Meng Wang’s lab die on schedule. They live their brief lives on Petri dishes, and after two to three weeks, they die of old age.

But some individuals beat the odds, surviving for several days longer than usual.These wormy Methuselahs were all genetically identical, so it wasn’t their genes that explained their decelerated aging. Instead, the secret to their longevity lay in the microbes within their gut.

This is part of a growing number of studies showing that an animal’s microbiome—the community of microbes that shares its body—can influence its lifespan.   Continue reading

Literal text analysis of death certificates

Using Literal Text From the Death Certificate to Enhance Mortality Statistics: Characterizing Drug Involvement in Deaths – National Vital Statistics Reports – December 20, 2016

Extracting more accurate data from death certificates is critical to the study of drug overdoses and drug suicides.

This report describes the development and use of a method for analyzing the literal text from death certificates to enhance national mortality statistics on drug-involved deaths.

Drug-involved deaths include drug overdose deaths as well as other deaths where, according to death certificate literal text, drugs were associated with or contributed to the death.  Continue reading