Volume 7 Issue 182
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Jul-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Jul-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Prescription pain patch abuse blamed for increase in deaths

An American Cancer Society survey finds up to half of Americans mistakenly believe surgery can spread cancer, and more than one in four thinks a cure for cancer already exists but is being held back by a profit-driven industry. Results of the survey are published in the August 1, 2005 issue of Cancer. The authors say it shows the American public is significantly ill-informed about cancer, and that most overestimate how much they know. more  

Prescribing information: Duragesic® (fentanyl transdermal system)

The Duragesic® (fentanyl transdermal system)CII patch is a strong medication for moderate-to-severe chronic pain, available only by prescription, that can provide long-lasting relief from persistent pain. Through its unique patch technology, Duragesic delivers fentanyl, an opioid pain medication, slowly into the body through the skin where it works to relieve pain for up to 3 days (72 hours). Reports of misuse of the patch appear in today's issue of Vidyya. more

Help for osteoporosis sufferers in the primary care office

A primary care practitioner can help improve quality of life and mobility for those who suffer from pain resulting from osteoporosis-related fractures by referring a patient for two relatively new non-invasive procedures. more  

Weight-loss surgery produces unexpected drop in heart disease risk, Stanford researchers find

A Stanford University School of Medicine study using new measures of heart disease risk shows that gastric bypass surgery reduces the risk of heart disease even more than previously believed. The researchers say the finding underscores the value of the surgery for extremely overweight people, whose obesity puts them in danger of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular illness. more

UT Southwestern researchers discover master switch in cell death  

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found an enzyme vital for controlling the early stages of cell death - a beneficial and normal process when it works right, but malignant in a variety of cancers when it malfunctions. more

FDA issues information for consumers about claims for green tea and certain cancers  

Under the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) "Consumer Health for Better Nutrition Initiative," the Agency is announcing the results of a review of qualified health claims that green tea may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. more

Smoking deaths cost nation $92 billion in lost productivity annually

Smoking cost the nation about $92 billion in the form of lost productivity in 1997-2001, up about $10 billion from the annual mortality related productivity losses for the years 1995-1999, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new lost productivity estimate when combined with smoking-related health-care costs, which was reported at $75.5 billion in 1998, exceeds $167 billion per year in the United States. more


Drug abusers are increasingly turning to a slow-release form of a powerful painkiller for a quick and dangerous high.