Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The bad news on opioids just keeps coming. Not only are these painkillers implicated in millions of cases of addiction and tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, new research now suggests that taking opioids can increase your risk of getting a pneumococcal infection by…

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…

MS Patients May Gain From Balance-Focused Workouts

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Problems with balance are a common hallmark of multiple sclerosis, but new research suggests a specially designed exercise program can help put patients on firmer ground. People with MS who enrolled in the 14-week program showed “greater improvements in balance, dizziness and fatigue,” compared to MS patients who…

Opioids Aren't America's Only Painkiller Problem

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — There’s a well-known crisis going on with opioid painkiller abuse, but new research reveals a sizeable chunk of Americans are popping far too many over-the-counter pain relievers, too. Among those surveyed who take over-the-counter ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), 15 percent admitted to exceeding daily maximum dosage when taking either…