Opioids

Digital pill biosensors for monitoring opioid medication use

In a research paper published in the Anesthesia & Analgesia, Brigham and women’s hospital investigators report on the results from a pilot study of 15 individuals who received a prescription to take oxycodone digital pills as needed following treatment for acute fractures. Recently first digital pill was approved by the FDA for use with the …

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Research uncovers link between long-term opioid use and preexisting psychiatric and behavioral disease

A 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 Journal Pain, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Using a nationwide insurance database, the researchers identified …

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Researchers find that acupuncture produces natural opioid enkephalin which reduce high blood pressure in mice

Researchers with the UCI Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine have found that regular electro-acupuncture treatment can lower hypertension by increasing the release of a kind of opioid in the brainstem region that controls blood pressure. In tests on rats, UCI cardiology researcher Zhi-Ling Guo and colleagues noted that reduced blood pressure lasted for at …

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