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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Electrical Stimulation May Ease Back Pain

    May 10, 2010 (Baltimore) -- Spinal cord stimulation may help relieve chronic pain in the lower back, leg and arms, and other parts of the body, preliminary research suggests. Numerous studies support the use of spinal cord stimulation, which uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain, for the

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  6. Sedative, Tranquilizer Poisonings on the Rise

    April 6, 2010 -- More people are landing in the hospital because of poisoning from prescription tranquilizers, sedatives, and opioids, a new study finds. Hospitalizations for such poisonings increased 65% between 1999 and 2006. That’s double the increase in hospitalizations for poisoning by other dr

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  7. Words Really Do Hurt

    April 2, 2010 -- Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can hurt you too, according to new research. A new study suggests merely saying, "This may hurt a bit," before receiving a shot may be enough to trigger a pain response in the brain long before any actual pain is felt. Researchers fo

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  8. Brief Meditation Training Brings Pain Relief

    March 17, 2010 -- Meditation increases pain tolerance, but you don't have to devote your life to the practice to derive benefits, new research shows. Even very brief training in mindfulness meditation had a positive impact on pain perception in the study, conducted by researchers from the University

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  9. Patients Happy With Knee Replacement

    March 12, 2010 -- As they reach their 60s and beyond, baby boomers are increasingly opting for surgery to replace their worn-out knees. More than half a million total knee replacement procedures are performed annually in the U.S., and this number is projected to climb to around 3 million per year ov

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  10. Managing Pain After Surgery

    Hearing your doctor utter the words, "We’re going to have to operate," can send a shiver down your spine. Immediately, questions about the seriousness of your condition, the procedure itself, and the likelihood that it will cure what ails you flood the mind. Then, there is the prospect of post-surge

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