Chronic pain in one body part may distort the intensity with which a key brain region perceives pain everywhere else, says a new study in eLife. Continue reading
Experts are developing compounds that could allow the pain-relieving effects of ibuprofen to last longer, they report in Molecular Pharmaceutics. And the approach could also be used to deliver other drugs orally that currently can only be taken intravenously.
Metal-organic frameworks are compounds made of metal ions linked to organic ligands, for drug delivery. Active ingredients can be packed inside the metal organic frameworks. They are porous, and some dissolve in water so are good candidates for drug couriers.
The researchers loaded ibuprofen into metal organic frameworks. The compounds were found to reach the bloodstream (of mice) quickly and lasted for twice as long as ibuprofen salts, which are the active ingredient in liquid gel formulations.
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People with acute low back pain may experience modest improvements in pain and function after spinal manipulation therapy, says research in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Experts reviewed 26 studies about spinal manipulation (how well it works and whether it can be harmful) and compared it to other therapies for adults with acute low back pain. Continue reading
Commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen may have little benefit in terms of reducing back pain, and potentially put people at risk of side effects, says research in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Common pain relievers – NSAIDs – may increase heart attack risk when people have severe colds and flu
Widely used pain relievers may increase the risk of heart attack when used during respiratory infections, experts warn in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Healthcare professionals and patients should be careful when prescribing or taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease symptoms of acute respiratory infections. Continue reading