Daily Dose: 11/6/2012

New Research on Painkillers: According to a review of old research, fewer than five percent of patients prescribed narcotics to deal with pain become addicted to the drugs. These findings suggest that concerns of painkiller addiction have become exaggerated. Addiction specialist Dr. Michael Fleming of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine said as long as doctors prescribe the right amount of medication and the patient has no history of addiction, narcotics are relatively safe. Prescription painkillers have come under fire in recent years due an increased diagnosis of substance abuse problems. Now physicians will be able to understand which patients are vulnerable to addictions and explore other options for treatment.

Stay Away from Spinach: Wegmans issued a recall of spinach and spring mix green salads due to possible E.coli contamination. The outbreak has sickened 16 people in New York. Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix in 5 oz (UPC 77890 16437) and 11 oz (UPC 77890 16411) and 11 oz plastic containers are included in the recall. “Use by” dates of October 23 are linked to the illness, but customers who recently purchased the salad mix at any time are advised to dispose of the spinach immediately.

Have a Better Breakfast: If your idea of a delicious breakfast includes a sandwich with processed cheese and bacon, you might want to eat something else. A study from the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress shows that eating two high-fat breakfast sandwiches each day wreaks havoc on your heart. The study examined college students to see how their high blood pressure was affected by the sandwiches. A measurement known as VTI (velocity time interval) was used to see how much blood flowed into their arms. A high VTI meant that blood vessels dilated, allowing blood to flow through vessels. VTI was measured one day with no breakfast and one day when the students had two 900-calorie breakfast sandwiches with 50 grams of fat. Researchers discovered that VTI was 15 to 20 percent lower (bad for blood flow) two hours after they ate the breakfast sandwiches, compared to when they didn’t eat breakfast.