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Opioids produce analgesia via immune cells

Posted by - January 17, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteOpioids are the most powerful painkillers. Researchers at the Charité — Universitätsmedizin Berlin have now found that the analgesic effects of opioids are not exclusively mediated by opioid receptors in the brain, but can also be mediated via the activation of receptors in immune cells. These findings represent

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American effort reduced risky opioid prescriptions for veterans, study finds

Posted by - January 10, 2017

This post was originally published on this siteFewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study finds. Over a two-year period, high-dose opioid prescribing declined by 16 percent, and very-high-dose opioid prescribing dropped by 24 percent.

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Psychiatric conditions linked to increased risk of long-term opioid use

Posted by - December 29, 2016

This post was originally published on this siteA wide range of pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions and the use of psychoactive drugs could be important risk factors leading to long-term use of opioid pain medications, reports a study in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Using a

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