Tag: addiction

Acetaminophen Beats Fentanyl in STEMI

Swapping out intravenous fentanyl in favor of IV acetaminophen in patients with ST-elevation MI (STEMI) provides comparable pain relief but with desirably higher blood levels...

High Rate of Stimulant Use in Opioid ED Cases

Nearly 40% of hundreds of opioid abusers at several emergency departments tested positive for stimulants, and they were more likely to be white than other...

Too Many Children Receive Opioids for Pneumonia and Sinusitis

A significant percentage of children receive opioids and systemic corticosteroids for pneumonia and sinusitis despite guidelines, according to an analysis of 2016 Medicaid data from...

PCI Comes Up Short for Most, but Not All Multivessel CTOs

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with greater risks for long-term adverse cardiovascular events than surgery in patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO) and multivessel...

App Links Overdosing People to Nearby Volunteers With Naloxone

Naloxone can reverse opioid overdoses, but time is crucial and its effectiveness wanes if medics can’t arrive right away. Now, a new app links overdose...

Take-home Test Strips Allow Drug Users to Detect Fentanyl

Illicit drug users seem to overwhelmingly appreciate being able to use take-home test strips to detect the extremely common presence of dangerous fentanyl in opioids...

Topline Results for Intranasal Med to Treat Opioid Overdose

Topline results show positive results for the experimental intranasal nalmefene product OX125 (Orexo) for opioid overdose reversal, the manufacturer announced earlier today. A crossover, comparative...

Smokers Unmotivated to Quit Smoke More With e-Cigarettes

Not only does the use of e-cigarettes not help cigarette smokers who are unmotivated to quit, it has the opposite effect, according to results from...

ED Docs Willing, But Not Ready, to Give Buprenorphine for OUD

Few emergency department (ED) physicians in the US are ready to prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) in this setting, new research...

Quitting Smoking 2 Years Before Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Quitting smoking prior to a lung cancer diagnosis is associated with a survival benefit, even among patients who recently stopped smoking, according to results of...

COVID-19 Daily: Hazard Pay, Dangerous Mistakes

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Here are the coronavirus stories Medscape’s editors around the globe think...

Multiple Sclerosis Tied to Increased Risk for Stroke, CVD, Death

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is associated with an increased risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), stroke, and death, a finding is unexplained by traditional risk factors,...

Age, Lung, Mental Health Problems Can Make Vaping Lung Illness Fatal: CDC

(Reuters Health) – Vapers who died because their lungs were damaged by e-cigarettes were nine times more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)...

Primary Care Docs Unsupportive of Meds to Treat Opioid Addiction

Despite conclusive evidence showing that medications such as buprenorphine are the gold standard treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), a significant proportion of primary care...

Is COVID-19 in the Water?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. When Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia issued his state’s stay-at-home order,...

Advice for Lessening Your Pandemic Anxiety

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: MARCH 31, 2020 — The COVID-19 pandemic is an experience that is unprecedented in our lifetime....

Opioid Epidemic Continues to Wreak Havoc Among Young Children

Children younger than 6 years are exposed to fewer prescription narcotics now than they were in 2010, but the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc...