This Safe Opioid ‘Alternative’ Is Fake News

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The opioid epidemic is a big problem for Big Pharma.

Not only are they being (rightfully) blamed for the thousands of addicts and overdoses caused by their pursuit of profits, but now they are being hit with a blizzard of lawsuits seeking damages. 

Drug companies have another problem: After promoting opioids as the go-to pain medication for years, what can they offer instead? 

In many cases, the answer has been tramadol.

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The Surprising Cause of Your Allergies

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More people have allergies than ever before.

More people are taking heartburn drugs than ever before.[1]

A new study shows it’s not a coincidence. 

Researchers from Austria’s Medical University of Vienna looked at health insurance data from more than 8 million people.

They found that patients who took stomach-acid inhibitors had a surge in anti-allergy prescriptions. They were twice as likely to need allergy medication.

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Don’t Fall for the Plastics Industry’s Name Game

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By now, most health-conscious people know to stay away from BPA.

It’s a chemical in some plastics linked to hormone problems, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, infertility, and migraines.

BPA (bisphenol A) was once in a wide range of products…the lining of food cans, water bottles, food storage containers, and many other items.

But there was such strong evidence of BPA’s dangers that manufacturers started to phase out the chemical.

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The Surprising Reason You’re Depressed

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Depression is a frustrating illness.

The cause is difficult to pin down. Episodes seem to come and go at random times. The standard treatment, antidepressant drugs, often don’t work.  

That’s why a new study is so important.

It pinpoints a surprising cause—and the cure—for many cases of depression, especially those that don’t respond to antidepressants. 

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University looked at 125 patients with depression and how their sleep affected their mood.

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Stomach Troubles? It Might Be Your Blood Pressure Med

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Diverticulitis can make your life miserable. 

It’s a common intestinal condition caused by small abscesses in the bowel which become inflamed or infected. This can lead to severe stomach pain and cramping. Constipation, bloating, and nausea are other symptoms. 

The most frustrating part?

Doctors often can’t pinpoint the cause. That makes it difficult to treat effectively. 

But a new study may reveal the hidden cause of diverticulitis in many people. 

The research appeared in the journal Circulation.

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Is Your Mattress Poisoning You in Your Sleep?

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Your bed is supposed to be a safe haven. Most of us spend a third of our lives there. Restorative sleep keeps your mind sharp and your body strong. 

But new research shows that many of us are sleeping on a mattress that may be harming our health.

Chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are the problem.

Mattresses have long been known to emit them in gaseous form.

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