COVID-19 Increases Risk of Overdose

WATCH RECORDING ON NEWS WATCH 12 COVID-19 joined a crowded field of American public health crises. The unprecedented stress, changes, and uncertainty appear to be making those other problems worse. Especially when it comes to overdoses. The CDC released new data showing 2019 had an uptick in overdose fatalities. About half of those were due …

Too Early to Link COVID-19 to Spike in Opioid-Related Deaths, Health Officials Say

It is unlikely that the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for the increase in opioid-related deaths that occurred in Maryland during the first quarter of this year, according to a former secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From Jan. 1 to March 31, 561 people in Maryland died of opioid-related deaths, according to data …

COVID-19 and NSAIDS: A Narrative Review of Knowns and Unknowns

Abstract Concern about the appropriate role of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in COVID-19 speculate that NSAIDs, in particular ibuprofen, may upregulate the entry point for the virus, the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) 2 receptors and increase susceptibility to the virus or worsen symptoms in existing disease. Adverse outcomes with COVID-19 have been linked to cytokine storm but …

Lyme Disease and Post Lyme Disease Syndrome, Part II

Imagine a tick bite steeling your childhood, making you crazy, and almost killing you. This is how our first guest, Ally Hilfiger, the daughter of designer Tommy Hilfiger describes her painful experience with Lyme Disease. About 10-20% of patients develop the chronic form of the disease called, Post Lyme Disease Syndrome (PLDS). Ally continues to …

Lyme Disease and Post Lyme Disease Syndrome, Part I

Imagine a tick bite steeling your childhood, making you crazy, and almost killing you. This is how our first guest, Ally Hilfiger, the daughter of designer Tommy Hilfiger describes her painful experience with Lyme Disease. About 10-20% of patients develop the chronic form of the disease called, Post Lyme Disease Syndrome (PLDS). We’ll first hear …

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV-Associated Nerve Pain

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV-Associated Nerve Pain

Severe pain due to damage of the peripheral nerves is one of the most frequent neurological complications of an HIV infection. Most people in the U.S. are aware that HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS, but many might not know that the condition itself and medications associated with HIV/AIDS can end up causing severe pain …

Ticks, Targets, and Terrific Pain, Part I

Imagine your nerves are doused in gasoline and lit on fire. For many patients living with Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, this kind of pain can be a reality. With pain ranging from flu-like headaches, muscle and joint aches, to muscle spasms, pain shooting down the arms, and widespread arthritis, living with the pain of …

Ticks, Targets, and Terrific Pain, Part II

Can you imagine feeling like your nerves were doused in gasoline and lit on fire? Many patients with active disease or the chronic form of the disease called, Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome develop pain. It ranges from flu like headaches and joint aches to shooting pain down the arms, muscle spasms, or widespread arthritis. …