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    1. No Support in Study for Back Belts as Injury Preventers

      Dec. 5, 2000 -- Back-support belts may be more of a fashion statement than a workplace injury-prevention device, suggest researchers from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. A study of more than 9,000 materials-handling employees from Wal-Mart stores in 30 states found that bac

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    2. Psychological Approach Helps Back Pain

      Dec. 22, 2006 -- Most people suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives, but people with long-lasting pain often get little relief from the most widely recommended treatments. Now a new research review shows that focusing on the mind may be the best approach to treating the back for many

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    3. Invention May Reduce Backpack Injuries

      Dec. 20, 2006 -- To help prevent backpack injuries, University of Pennsylvania scientists have invented a backpack suspended by bungee cords. Typical backpacks, which don't have bungee cords, rise and fall with your stride. That means extra work for your body, and possibly muscle strain if the backp

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    4. Sit Back, It's Better for Your Back

      Nov. 29, 2006 -- Lean back before reading this; your back may thank you. A new study suggests that sitting upright for hours at a time -- for example, when working at a computer -- may lead to chronic back pain. Instead, the best position for your back is somewhat reclined, sitting at a 135-degree a

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    5. Slipped Disc: Surgery Best for Pain?

      Nov. 21, 2006 -- With time -- and medical help -- slipped disc pain gets better. But disc surgery is faster and works better for bad pain, a large U.S. study finds. The study shows that patients with a "slipped" or "ruptured" disc -- what doctors call a herniated disc --won't get worse or become par

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    6. Andre Agassi's Battle With Back Pain

      On Sept. 3, as he said goodbye to his fans at the U.S. Open, retiring tennis star Andre Agassi dabbed away tears. His lower lip quivered while he spoke, his voice on the verge of breaking during the minute-long farewell. "You have given me your shoulders to stand on to reach for my dreams, dreams I

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    7. Back Pain: Women Often Blame Their Bra

      Oct. 4, 2006 -- A new poll shows that for many women, bras are a pain in the neck, back, and shoulders. The online poll was conducted in August by Harris Interactive for the nonprofit North American Spine Society and the bra company Maidenform. More than 1,300 women participated in the poll. Fifty-n

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    8. Acupuncture Eases Lower Back Pain

      Sept. 14, 2006 -- Acupuncture can provide long-lasting benefits to low back pain sufferers, and is a cost effective treatment, according to new research from the U.K. Patients treated with 10 sessions of acupuncture over three months reported less pain at a 24-month follow-up than patients who did n

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    9. 3 Herbal Medicines May Ease Back Pain

      April 18, 2006 -- The herbal medicines devil's claw, white willow bark, and cayenne might reduce back pain , according to a new research review. But the review's authors aren't recommending those herbal remedies. Instead, they say more work is needed to sort out the risks and benefits of the herbal

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    10. Hands-On Therapy Helps Low Back Pain

      Feb. 16, 2006 -- A hands-on approach to healing used in China for thousands of years was found to be more effective in reducing low back pain than standard physical therapy in a new study from Taiwan. Like its better-known counterpart acupuncture, acupressure involves targeting specific points throu

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