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    1. How to Handle High-Tech Hand Injuries

      In a recent New Yorker cartoon, two dogs sit discussing the strangeness of humans. "It's just a theory," says one, "but perhaps it's their opposable thumbs that make them crazy." That's not a bad theory. Thumb problems are indeed making some people crazy these days, especially people who spend hours

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    2. Are Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relievers Safe for You?

      At age 62, April Dawson lives every day with chronic pain from wrist arthritis. "There are a lot of everyday things I just can't do now," she says. "I can't open packages or jars or even lift a half-gallon of milk. Some days I can barely turn the ignition in my car." But despite the pain and inconve

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    3. Are Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relievers Safe for You?

      At age 62, April Dawson lives every day with chronic pain from wrist arthritis. "There are a lot of everyday things I just can't do now," she says. "I can't open packages or jars or even lift a half-gallon of milk. Some days I can barely turn the ignition in my car." But despite the pain and inconve

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    4. Living With Fibromyalgia

      Before my fibromyalgia got as bad as it is now, I used to be an outdoorsy person. Now, even though I'm only 37, there are many days when I can't walk without a cane and times when migraines hit me so badly that I can't get out of bed. I've always had a very low pain threshold and problems sleeping.

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    5. Tour de France Champ Faces Hip Surgery

      When 30-year-old San Diego cyclist Floyd Landis entered the winner's circle of this year's Tour de France, he didn't shout the traditional "I'm going to Disney World" cheer. Instead, he told the press he is heading for the hospital where he hopes to get relief from the constant pain caused by an inj

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    6. Arthritis: Symptoms

      Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. Inflammation of the joints from arthritis is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling, redness, and warmth. Tenderness of the inflamed joint can be present. Many of the forms of arthritis, because they are rheumatic diseases, can c

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    7. Fast & Simple Meals for Arthritis

      Everyone wants to save time and energy in the kitchen. It's particularly important when aching joints from arthritis turn preparing a meal into a monumental task. We've put together some ideas for easy meals that take the strain off your hands and body and don't wear you out. At the same time, they

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    8. Devices for Living Easier with Arthritis

      While the use of painkillers tends to grab most of the headlines when it comes to coping with arthritis, the use of assistive devices also plays an important role. These simple devices can improve your ability to walk, bathe, cook, clean, and get dressed with relative ease. "Think of arthritis as bo

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    9. Is Your Surgeon Qualified to Perform Endoscopic Surgery?

      Not every surgeon can perform endoscopic surgery. To help you learn what to look for, we turned to some top minimally invasive surgeons. What would they ask a surgeon if they were patients? Here's what they said. What are the surgeon's credentials? "You need to ask why a surgeon is qualified," says

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    10. Making the Decision on NSAIDs

      Experts agree that, for most people, there's no harm in taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain relievers, called NSAIDs, for the occasional headache, fever, or muscle ache. Indeed, on any given day more than 30 million Americans use NSAIDs to soothe headaches, sprains, arthritis symptoms, and ot

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