About one in three in ED for low back pain receive imaging

(HealthDay)—Imaging is obtained for about one in three patients with emergency department visits for low back pain, according to a study published online Nov. 19 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. Jina Pakpoor, M.D., from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues examined the use of…

US urges shared decisions with pain patients taking opioids

U.S. health officials again warned doctors Thursday against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services instead urged doctors to share such decisions with patients. The agency published steps for doctors in a six-page guide and an editorial in the…

A lukewarm blast of water to ease the pain of bowel ops

The ‘underwater’ colonoscopy that eases the pain of bowel operations and ‘improves the chances of detecting abnormal growths by 81 per cent’ Patients are being offered a pain-free alternative to colonoscopy procedures Instead of pumping air into the large bowel, water is used to ease discomfort  The so-called underwater colonoscopy…