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Topical Analgesics Provides Safe, Effective Treatment for Pain Management

Clarity Science, a division of Safe Harbor Compliance and Clinical Services LLC, report results of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) – approved Optimizing Patient Experience and Response to Topical Analgesics (OPERA) Study which evaluated patients with chronic pain who were treated with topical analgesics. Overall results, published in the Journal of Pain Research, suggest that topical treatments may provide an effective and safer treatment alternative to opioids and prescription NSAIDs for the management of chronic pain.

Oral cancer medications: High out-of-pocket costs may place these drugs out of reach

Sticker shock may be leading many insured Americans with cancer to forego treatment with a wide range of oral cancer drugs, suggests a study published online this week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Led by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the findings point to high out-of-pocket costs as a barrier to potentially life-saving or life-prolonging treatments. As breakthroughs in cancer care continue, the study raises questions about whether patients will able to take advantage of new treatment options.

Human trafficking: UofL, Harvard, USF provide model for medical schools to teach its signs

As many as 88% of human trafficking victims in the United States interact with a healthcare professional while they are being exploited. These professionals' ability to recognize the signs of human trafficking and intervene appropriately, however, is lacking due to an absence of training.

A new medical school curriculum to fill this training gap has been proposed and tested by researchers from the University of Louisville, Harvard University and the University of South Florida. Their research is published this month in Medical Education Online.

Lack of Communication Puts Elders at Risk of Health Problems

In America, old people take multiple medicines every day. However, according to a new poll , the people do not get or seek enough help to make sure those medicines actually mix safely. The lack of communication could be putting older adults at risk of health problems from drug interactions and their drugs and other substances such as over-the-counter medicines, supplements, food and alcohol.

Vitamin Deficiency in Elderly

One in two persons aged 65 and above has suboptimal levels of vitamin D in the blood, according to a study led conducted by researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, as part of the population-based KORA-Age study in the region of Augsburg. Moreover, as the authors of the study report in the peer-reviewed journalNutrients, one in four older adults have suboptimal vitamin B12 levels.

Expensive 3-D Mammography Provides Better Screening than Digital Mammography

Although 3-D mammography or digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), costs more than a digital mammography (DM) screening, it actually may help rein in cancer screening costs, according to preliminary findings (PD7-05) presented by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania during the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.The group analyzed 46,483 screening episodes — a single screening mammogram and all subsequent breast diagnosis related costs for the following year — in two hospitals within the University of Pennsylvania Health System in 2012 and 2013