painkillers

Drug Overdose Deaths Spike Among Women Ages 45-64

Posted on 07/2/2013 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Mike Stobbe, Medical Writer, The Associated Press Overdose deaths in the U.S. are rising fastest among middle-aged women, and their drug of choice is usually prescription painkillers, the government reported Tuesday. “Mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are dying at rates that we have never seen before,” said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which compiled the data. The female overdose problem is one of the few health issues the CDC is working on …

Doctors’ Extreme Prescribing — Footprints of Medicare Fraud?

Posted on 06/21/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsDiagnosis: possible Medicare fraud. That’s the gist of a report from the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that found hundreds of doctors with “very extreme” prescribing practices — practices that could be harming Medicare patients and costing the government untold millions. Government investigators zeroed in on doctors writing hundreds of prescriptions per patient and large numbers of prescriptions for painkillers and other addictive drugs, among other practices. Related: 6 Common Medicare Scams After sifting through …

The Takeaway: Resveratrol Supplements Mimic Low-Calorie Diet; More Americans Overdosing On Painkillers

Posted on 11/2/2011 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayA small study of obese men found their metabolism improved when they took a daily supplement of resveratrol, the ingredient that’s thought to give red wine its health-promoting powers. And the number of overdose deaths from prescription painkillers more than tripled over the last decade, with middle-aged adults leading the pack.

Can painkillers increase the risk of hearing loss?

Posted on 03/9/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthI’ve never heard that one before. But it may be a reality, according to new research just published in the American Journal of Medicine. The LA Times covers these new findings that the use of aspirin, acetaminophen and other analgesics can potentially double the risk of hearing loss: Researchers reported recently in the American Journal of Medicine that use of acetaminophen more than twice a week by such men doubles the risk of hearing loss, use of ibuprofen and related …