Medical Minute 3-16-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

March 16, 2012 - A new study finds that women who drink a low to moderate amount of alcohol are at a reduced risk of stroke. According a report in Stroke Journal of the American Heart Association, women who drank a glass of wine a day were 21-percent less likely to have a stroke. But before you fill up a second glass, the study also found that drinking more, did not give women an added advantage to reducing their risk. The study spanned more than two-decades and involved close to 84-thousand women.

Also, a new report suggests doctors need to be more careful when prescribing certain painkillers to older patients. Researchers in Canada found older patients who were given opioids such as codeine and oxy-codone after surgery were 44 percent more likely to be using the drugs a year later. The study's authors say opioid painkillers can be helpful, but their long term use can lead to addiction.


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