Packing for Allergies: 8 Essential Tips for Travelling with Allergy Symptoms

1) Pack allergy medications Refill prescriptions and/or over-the-counter medications for allergy symptoms like sinus pain and pressure. If you’ll be flying, a decongestant like Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) and saline sprays can be helpful to keep your nasal membranes moist. Pack your medications, keeping their original labels on, and bring duplicate prescriptions if possible in case you lose any. When checking-in for […]

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Study finds no strong evidence that cannabis reduces chronic pain

A four-year study suggests medicinal cannabis is not as effective at relieving chronic non-cancer pain as commonly assumed. Researchers at UNSW Sydney who conducted one of the world’s longest community studies of its type have found no clear role for cannabis in treating chronic non-cancer pain. The study, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and led by […]

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Blueprint Medicines Initiates VOYAGER Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Avapritinib in Patients with Advanced Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 21, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Blueprint Medicines Corporation (NASDAQ: BPMC), a leader in discovering and developing targeted kinase medicines for patients with genomically defined diseases, today announced it has dosed the first patient in the VOYAGER Phase 3 clinical trial, which is evaluating the safety and efficacy of avapritinib compared to regorafenib in patients with advanced gastrointestinal stromal […]

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Chronic pain remains the same or gets better after stopping opioid treatment: study

Stopping long-term opioid treatment does not make chronic, non-cancer-related pain worse and, in some cases, makes it better, Washington State University researchers have found. The research marks a crucial first step towards understanding how ending long-term opioid therapy affects patients with different types of chronic pain and could help medical practitioners identify effective, alternative treatments to opioids. “On average, pain […]

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New rules may constrain docs’ ability to treat chronic pain

(HealthDay)—New laws and regulations designed to limit the use of prescription narcotics may further constrain doctors’ ability to treat patients, according to an article published online May 30 in Medical Economics. Physicians and public health and pain management experts are concerned that laws and regulations may represent another constraint on doctors’ ability to treat patients in the way they think […]

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FDA approves epidiolex for severe forms of epilepsy

(HealthDay)—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome for patients age 2 years and older. The rare, genetic Dravet syndrome appears during the first year of life with frequent fever-related seizures; other types of seizures arise later, and status epilepticus may occur. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome begins […]

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