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Light therapy could replace opioids as main treatment for cancer treatment side effect

Worldwide research coalition offers new guidelines for healing oral mucositis in head, neck cancer patients By Marcene Robinson BUFFALO, N.Y. — A worldwide coalition of researchers and clinicians has agreed that light therapy is among the most effective interventions for the prevention of oral mucositis, painful ulcers in the mouth resulting from cancer therapy. The… Read More »

Drug monitoring platform to help Maryland combat opioids

The State of Maryland is getting new software to collect information about controlled substances dispensed in the state to facilitate better data sharing. The RxGov prescription drug monitoring platform, from NIC, provides near real-time data that will integrate with the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), the state health information exchange. Data also… Read More »

How to Wean Off Opioids

Opioids, narcotic painkillers, killed 33,000 Americans in 2015,1,2,3 and nearly 42,250 in 2016 — over 1,000 more deaths than were caused by breast cancer that same year4 — and the addiction trend shows absolutely no signs of leveling off or declining. On the contrary, recent statistics suggest the death toll is still trending upward, with… Read More »