: ' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention'

New Blue Cross Rules Limit Access to Painkillers

The largest health insurer in Massachusetts is adopting a new program that could significantly limit the amount of pain medication patients receive. The policy, unveiled this week by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, is one [...]

Study Reveals Where Drug Abusers Get Their Painkillers

A new government survey reveals that over 70 percent of people who abuse prescription painkillers get their pills from a friend or relative – usually for free and with permission. The findings are based on data [...]

Many Older Cancer Patients Not Using Narcotics for Pain

Nearly one in three older cancer patients do not use narcotic painkillers even though they are in severe pain, according to a Canadian study. Researchers studied two years of data involving over 24,000 cancer patients in [...]

Returning Vets Using More Painkillers

Injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are much more likely to be prescribed opiate painkillers than other vets with chronic pain, according to a new study by researchers at the [...]

Hospitals Now Using a New System to Track Antibiotics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching an electronic tracking system allowing hospitals to monitor the use of antibiotics. Until now, the CDC was only able to track antibiotic use in doctor’s offices. [...]

20 Thousand Overdose Deaths from Prescription Drugs

When you talk to physicians who treat chronic pain patients, the conversation often turns to pain medication. A report this month from the Centers for Disease Control will tell you why. The CDC found a 400% [...]

Flu Season Underway–Are You Getting Your Shot?

The flu season is underway and public health officials around the country are reminding all of us about the importance of having a flu shot. But not everyone believes it is a good idea. An online [...]

FDA warning: E. coli O157:H7 cases linked to hazelnuts

DeFranco & Sons voluntarily recalling in-shell hazelnuts and mixed-nut products in bulk and bags Fast Facts DeFranco & Sons of Los Angeles, Calif. is voluntarily recalling bulk and consumer-packaged in-shell hazelnuts and mixed-nut products containing in-shell hazelnuts. The [...]