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  1. FDA Finds Mold, Germs at Compounding Pharmacy

    Oct. 26, 2012 -- "Greenish black foreign matter" in supposedly sterile drug vials. Germs growing in steroid vials supposedly tested for sterility. Mold growing in the "clean room" where drug vials were filled. These are just some of the observations made during an FDA inspection of New England Compo

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  2. Back Pain? Steroid Shots May Raise Fracture Risk

    Oct. 25, 2012 -- Steroid injections to the spine were widely considered to be safe before being linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis that by mid-week had killed 24 people in 17 states. But a study out today raises new concerns about the injections that are used to treat millions of back pain s

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  3. Many Medical Tests, Procedures Not Always Needed

    April 5, 2012 -- Major medical and consumer groups are coming together to question the carte blanche use of many commonly ordered tests and procedures, including MRI for low back pain and exercise EKG tests in people with no symptoms and low risk for heart disease. Sometimes these tests can be lifes

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  4. Experimental Treatment May Help Relieve Back Pain

    Dec. 1, 2011 (Chicago) -- An experimental treatment that involves spinal injections of ozone gas and steroids relieved pain in over two-thirds of 327 people with back problems related to a herniated disc. This condition occurs when the cushions, or discs, that serve as shock absorbers for the spine

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  5. Yoga, Stretching May Ease Lower Back Pain

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Practicing yoga or intensive stretching may improve chronic lower back pain and reduce the need for pain medications. A new study shows 12 weeks of weekly yoga classes improved back function and reduced symptoms in people with chronic lower back pain. The pain reduction continued si

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  6. Study: Massage Helps Treat Low Back Pain

    July 5, 2011 -- Massage may be serious medicine, at least when it comes to treating persistent low back pain, a new study shows. Low back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical attention in the U.S., and it is notoriously tough to treat. Studies show very few medical therapies, from medi

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  7. How to Protect Your Back

    You’ve just helped your friend carry loads of heavy boxes into his new apartment and now your back is hurting. Not only that, but you’ve planned a long car trip for the next few days. All of a sudden, you’re filled with trepidation at the thought of all those hours spent sitting.     No doubt, back

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  8. Don’t Let Low Back Pain Ruin Sex

    When it comes to your sex life, low back pain can have serious impact. You may start avoiding bedroom encounters for fear of triggering more pain, and if your partner gets no explanation for your seeming loss of interest, your relationship may feel strained, too. That’s why people with chronic back

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  9. When to See Your Doctor About Back Pain

    How do you know when that achy pain in your back is more than you can handle alone? Experts agree -- if your back pain is in conjunction with any of the following symptoms, skip the at-home remedies for in-office help.  There are several red flags that doctors look for when evaluating low back pain.

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  10. Managing Your Back Pain at Home

    If you got up this morning and thought, “Ugh, my back hurts,” you’re not alone. About one in five Americans reports having experienced back pain at least once during the previous month.  So, should you go to the doctor? Not necessarily. Most low back pain resolves on its own within about four to six

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