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4 Your Health: Fewer ear infections; dying of loneliness; cancer survivors use opioids

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Tucson- Prescription opioid use is more common in cancer survivors than people in the general population.
 
Tucson- That's according to a new Canadian study comparing over 8,000 cancer patients to people with no history of the disease.

Survivors were more likely to be taking opioids, even those who were ten years past their diagnosis. Experts say it is important for doctors to assess the reasons for continuing opioid use and differentiate between pain and dependency.

Loneliness and death

Feeling so lonely you could die may not be an exaggeration.

New research from Brigham Young University, finds people with stronger social connections tend to live longer. In fact, social isolation and loneliness may increase the risk of early death as much as or even more than obesity.

Ear infections and kids

Fewer children are getting ear infections thanks to vaccines that protect against the bacteria that causes them.

Researchers at Rochester Regional Health, found a significant drop in ear infection cases after the pneumococcoal vaccine was introduced in 2000. The four dose series is given at 2, 4, 5 and 12 months of age.

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