Today’s Top Medical News — May 31, 2016

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Can painkillers actually prolong your pain?  And new data on the effects on unborn babies when mothers smoke.


Doctors at Yale University say early exposure to nicotine can trigger genetic changes long after birth.
They say maternal smoking is linked to behavior disorders and addictions in lab animal tests.

Researchers at the University of Colorado found narcotic painkillers may actually prolong pain.
Testing on lab rats suggests the recent rise in opioid prescriptions for humans *may* be making chronic pain worse and longer lasting.. rather than helping to diminish it.

And a new study in the Netherlands suggests.. children with a strong family history of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
had significantly higher cholesterol levels than children with no family history of those conditions.

(Jamie Yuccas, CBS News)

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