Risky Prescribing Boosts Opioid Death Risk

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — When opioid pain medications, such as OxyContin, are prescribed in a risky manner, that increases a patient’s chances of death. That’s the conclusion of a new study by RAND Corporation researchers who analyzed prescribing data in Massachusetts from 2011 to 2015, and found that half of adults received…

Race Can Affect Many Skin Conditions

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Skin conditions are significantly impacted by your skin color, a dermatologist says. “Ethnicity and skin tone can make a big difference in terms of diagnosis and treatment options with a number of different skin conditions,” said Dr. Amy McMichael, chair of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center…

AHA: Can a Daily Cup of Tea Do a Heart Good?

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) — The latest study on the coffee alternative suggests at least a cup a day may help your body cling to heart-helping “good cholesterol” as you age. Previous research has suggested more tea may significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing low-density lipoprotein, or…

Sound Advice for a Sound Sleep

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Insomnia affects up to 15 percent of Americans, but sleeping pills aren’t the only — or the best — answer. A good sleep routine, exercise and mindfulness are all options to get the restorative sleep you need. Set up a daily sleep pattern by going to bed at…