Now that Obamacare is a reality that our country is forced to deal with, many Americans are looking for alternatives to the traditional health care system. While thus far, Obamacare has failed to live up to its promises of higher rates of insured Americans and less expensive health care premiums, it has also created a…

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Concussion is an injury to the brain caused by either a blow to the head or body. A child’s developing brain is more at risk than an adult’s, so parents and caregivers may want to know the signs of concussion in children. A survey published in 2017, looking at more than 13,000 adolescents in the…

Many people find that making changes to their diet can help with osteoarthritis symptoms, which include pain, stiffness, and swelling. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 30 million adults in the United States. It develops when the cartilage in the joints breaks down over time. The condition can affect any joint…

A recent study demonstrates that pain relief drugs produce more pronounced side effects when taken by people with dementia. A second study uncovers why this might be the case. Pain relief for people with dementia may need to be reviewed. Dementia is a large and growing concern. Because it cannot be reversed, understanding the best…

Back pain is a common problem that can interfere with a person’s work and personal life. Fortunately, many home remedies exist to help relieve bothersome back pain. Lower back pain is a widespread problem, causing more global disability than any other condition. Up to 80 percent of adults will experience low back pain at least…

It is common for people to experience pain in the right side of the neck. In most cases, the pain occurs due to a muscle strain or another benign cause. People can often treat their pain using home remedies and medications. However, for severe or prolonged neck pain, it is best to see a doctor….

A recent meta-analysis pits the analgesic effect of ketamine against opioids in an emergency room setting. The authors conclude that ketamine could be a useful, safe alternative. Ketamine may be a viable alternative to opioids in the ER. Opioids, such as morphine, are an effective and relatively safe way to treat acute pain. However, with…

The drug used to manage some of the most salient symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is known to expose patients to more motor issues, as part of its side effects. Researchers suggest that ketamine could be used to neutralize those side effects. Researchers are planning a phase I clinical trial to test the dyskinesia-relieving effects of…

Researchers tested an alternative to opioids in a mouse model of chronic pain and found it to be safe, effective, and possess none of the side effects of opioids. A new compound may soon replace opioids in the treatment of chronic pain. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimate that in the United States, 25.3…