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  1. Vertebroplasty Provides Quick Back Pain Relief

    Aug. 9, 2010 -- Vertebroplasty -- a popular, minimally invasive treatment that uses injections of bone cement to seal up spinal vertebral fractures -- is safe, effective, and provides more back pain relief than conservative treatment in patients with acute vertebral fractures, according to new resea

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  2. New Pain Drug May Be Alternative to Oxycodone

    July 23, 2010 -- An extended-release form of the pain medication tapentadol has fewer gastrointestinal side effects than oxycodone when it's used for pain relief in people with osteoarthritis or chronic low back pain, a new study shows. The painkiller, called tapentadol ER, could provide a new alter

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  3. Torn ACL May Heal Without Surgery

    July 21, 2010 -- Many patients with a torn ACL -- the ligament that stabilizes the knee -- may avoid surgery by delaying the operation and first giving physical therapy a try. One of the most feared sports and work injuries is a torn anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. It's the tough piece of tissue

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  4. Study: Prescription Pain Pill Abuse Up 400%

    July 19, 2010 -- Abuse of prescription pain relievers jumped 400% between 1998 and 2008 among people aged 12 and older, according to a new report. The report showed that prescription pain reliever abuse rose from 2.2% in 1998 to 9.8% a decade later, with increases seen across all sectors of society

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  5. Tylenol Recall Grows Again

    July 8, 2010 -- The recall of Tylenol and other over-the-counter medicines has grown once again, with Tylenol maker McNeil PCC Inc. today announcing the recall of 21 lots of medicines as a precautionary measure. Today's recall includes Tylenol of various formulas, including children's Tylenol, the p

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  6. Chronic Pain Relief: New Treatments

    If you're living with chronic pain, here's important news. Today's pain specialists have sophisticated new treatments -- from effective drugs to implants and electrical stimulation -- to provide chronic pain relief. There's much that can be done to tame the beast. These advances have emerged in the

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  7. Pain Relief & Breakthrough Pain

    For people in chronic pain, sharp spikes of breakthrough pain can be a big problem. What causes it -- and how can you find pain relief? That's an important question for many patients, especially those with cancer . "Breakthrough pain occurs when you're doing something that triggers extra pain, like

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  8. Common Painkillers Raise Heart Death Risk

    June 8, 2010 -- High doses of common painkillers raise the risk of heart death in healthy people, a huge Danish study finds. It's the first evidence that so-called NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) pain relievers -- including some sold over the counter -- increase the risk of heart disease

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  9. Chronic Pain: Does Vitamin D Help?

    Not getting enough vitamin D in your system may be linked to chronic pain. Over the past 10 years, several researchers have found an association between extremely low vitamin D levels and chronic, general pain that doesn’t respond to treatment. Many Americans are running low on vitamin D. A study pu

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  10. Expert Q&A: Video Games May Ease Pain

    Three-dimensional virtual reality video games may prove to be the latest weapon in the fight against pain. In a number of pilot studies, virtual reality (VR) has been shown to reduce the anxiety and pain associated with a variety of medical procedures and conditions, says Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD, assoc

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