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    1. Anxiety Plays Role in Pain After Surgery

      Oct. 19, 2010 -- Having the form of a gene associated with low sensitivity to pain may not automatically protect people from developing chronic pain after surgery, a new study suggests. "Even if you have the form of this gene that is thought to protect, it didn't protect from this kind of chronic pa

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    2. Romantic Love Affects Your Brain Like a Drug

      Oct. 13, 2010 -- The euphoric “high” that accompanies the passion-filled, early days of romantic love is a common pop music theme, but is it just a metaphor or is love really like a drug? When researchers examined the question, they found that intense feelings of romantic love affect the brain in th

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    3. Exercise Injuries to Your Arm

      Accidents are just that -- accidents. Anyone can fall onto an outstretched arm during a soccer skirmish or daredevil skateboarding maneuver and fracture the wrist. But sports and exercise injuries to the elbows, wrists and fingers often stem from overuse, faulty technique, or poor conditioning. That

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    4. Exercise Injuries Below the Belt

      Some long-distance runners constantly feel pain in their feet when they exercise. Soccer players might hear a loud pop in their knee, followed by swelling and joint instability. Still other athletes wonder why they always have nagging aches in their hip. Over and over again, sports medicine doctors

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    5. Ginger May Soothe Aching Muscles

      Sept. 20, 2010 -- Ginger's soothing properties may not be limited to the stomach. A new study shows that ginger may also be an effective pain reliever for sore muscles. Ginger has been a favorite remedy of Chinese medicine for centuries and is often used to treat nausea and upset stomach. However, r

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    6. Marijuana Relieves Chronic Pain, Research Shows

      Aug. 30, 2010 -- Three puffs a day of cannabis, better known as marijuana, helps people with chronic nerve pain due to injury or surgery feel less pain and sleep better, a Canadian team has found. ''It's been known anecdotally," says researcher Mark Ware, MD, assistant professor of anesthesia and fa

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    7. FDA Panel Supports Cymbalta for Chronic Pain

      Aug. 19, 2010 -- An FDA advisory panel today gave a closely divided vote of support to drugmaker Eli Lilly's application to increase the number of approved uses for one of its best-selling drugs, the antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine). If the FDA follows the panel's advice, which it is not require

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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