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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 6, 2017 -- Far fewer opioid painkillers are needed than thought for people who have their gallbladder removed, a new study suggests.
Not only was pain still controlled in these patients following surgery, but the conservative prescribing strategy could help combat the opioid crisis in the United States, the researchers noted. Prescription opioid painkillers include drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin.
SATURDAY, Nov. 4, 2017 -- If you're one of the millions of Americans who takes one of a class of anti-reflux meds such as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid, take heed: These drugs have been linked to higher odds of kidney trouble.
The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect -- it's possible that folks who need these heartburn medicines are simply more prone to kidney disease for other reasons. But the review of data did show a link.
THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 -- A diet rich in fiber may lessen the chances of dying from colon cancer, a new study suggests.
Among people treated for non-metastatic colon cancer, every 5 grams of fiber added to their diet reduced their odds of dying by nearly 25 percent, said lead researcher Dr. Andrew Chan. He is an associate professor in the department of medicine at Harvard Medical School.