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High opioid use in older people with COPD raises safety concerns

Researchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with COPD, according to a study. Opioids, such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine might be prescribed more frequently among older adults with COPD to treat chronic muscle pain, breathlessness and insomnia. Common side effects of opioids include falls and fractures, confusion, memory impairment, fatigue, constipation, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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New clues found to vision loss in macular degeneration

Scientists have identified a pathway that leads to the formation of atypical blood vessels that can cause blindness in people with age-related macular degeneration. The research sheds light on one of the leading causes of blindness in industrialized countries and offers potential targets for treating the disease.

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Controlling inflammation to reduce chronic disease risk

An unresolved inflammatory response is likely to be involved from the early stages of disease development, scientists say. Controlling inflammation is crucial to human health and a key future preventative and therapeutic target. In a recent article, a coalition of experts explains how nutrition influences inflammatory processes and help reduce chronic diseases risk.

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Elderly schemes ‘supplement family support’

While new measures such as the Silver Support scheme give financial help to the elderly, the responsibility of caring for the elderly still lies with family members, said Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob yesterday. In her speech at a charity lunch, she noted that these schemes are good ways to help seniors with very little savings, but stressed that they are meant only to supplement family …

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