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    1. Darvon, Darvocet Banned

      Nov. 19, 2010 -- The FDA has at last banned Darvon, Darvocet, and other brand/generic drugs containing propoxyphene -- a safety-plagued painkiller from the 1950s. New proof of heart side effects, in studies of healthy people taking normal doses of the drug, prompted the FDA to act. An estimated 10 m

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    2. FDA Approves Cymbalta for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

      Nov. 5, 2010 – A drug used to treat depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, and diabetic neuropathy has been approved by the FDA for a new use -- to treat chronic musculoskeletal pain, including pain caused by osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain. The drug is sold under the brand name Cymbalta (dulox

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    3. End-of-Life Pain Common, Study Finds

      Nov. 1, 2010 -- One quarter of all elderly people experience pain during the last two years of their life, and the percentage of people with pain increases to about 50% in the last four months of life. Arthritis was the No.1 predictor of pain, according to the study, which appears in the Annals of I

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    4. Tylenol Recalled ... Again

      Oct. 19, 2010 -- Johnson & Johnson has recalled a Tylenol product because of a musty odor, the sixth in a string of product recall announcements dating back to November 2009. The odor is thought to be caused by a chemical -- 2,4,6-tribromoanisole or TBA -- leached into product packaging by wooden st

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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