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Ice Pack For Freezing Surgical Pain
Lessening the pain that frequently follows major abdominal surgery is critical as patients begin their recovery. Strong, pain-relieving opioid medications typically are prescribed at the start of that healing process.
FDA Requiring Color Changes to Duragesic Pain Patches to Aid Safety
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring color changes to the writing on Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patches so they can be seen more easily.
Orthopedists Name Needless Kinds of Care
Knowing which medical treatments are needed and which aren't plays an important role in personal wellness and in creating an efficient healthcare system. Now, individuals with arthritis and other difficulties getting around have a shortlist of procedures many of them can do without.
FDA Investigating Rare Brain Infection in Patient Taking Gilenya (fingolimod)
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting the public that a patient in Europe diagnosed with possible multiple sclerosis (MS) has developed a rare and serious brain infection after taking the drug Gilenya (fingolimod).
FDA Requires Label Changes for Fluoroquinolone Drugs Taken by Mouth or by Injection
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required the drug labels and Medication Guides for all fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs be updated to better describe the serious side effect of peripheral neuropathy.
ER Docs Know Bell’s Palsy
The sudden onset of muscle weakness on one side of the face can be scary, to the point that it sends people rushing to the ER. This muscle weakness can be caused by a number of conditions. But when it's Bell 's palsy, ER doctors usually diagnose it correctly.
Kids' Headaches Don't Need More Radiation
Often, getting more tests and treatment for an illness is not better. In fact, it might actually lead to other problems. That's part of the reason CT scans aren't recommended for kids' headaches.
Valproate Anti-seizure Products Contraindicated for Migraine Prevention in Pregnant Women
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising healthcare professionals and women that the anti-seizure medication valproate sodium and related products, valproic acid and divalproex sodium, are contraindicated and should not be taken by pregnant women for the prevention of migraine headaches.
A Pregnancy Dilemma for a Medication?
Some medications are linked to disorders such as autism or to birth defects when taken during pregnancy. However, that risk must also be balanced against the medication's benefits.
These Shoes Were Made for Walking
When patients with knee osteoarthritis are walking, their knees may jut out to the side. Shoes that imitate barefoot walking can help with that.