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  1. FDA Warns Firms Selling Unapproved Drugs

    March 31, 2009 -- Nine drug companies selling 14 prescription narcotics are the latest target of the FDA's effort to bring thousands of unapproved drugs under FDA scrutiny. The drugs aren't known to be unsafe. But because the drugs are sold without FDA approval, the agency has no way of knowing whet

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  2. FDA Panel Urges Ban of Pain Drug

    Jan. 30, 2009 -- An FDA advisory panel narrowly voted Friday to recommend that a popular pain drug used in dozens of products should be pulled from the market. The drug, called propoxyphene, has been sold in U.S. pharmacies for more than 50 years and today is used in dozens of generic pain medicatio

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  3. Actress Shailene Woodley Takes Scoliosis in Stride

    When treated in a timely and effective manner, scoliosis -- or curvature of the spine -- can be almost invisible. Shailene Woodley, 17, for instance who stars as the pregnant Amy Juergens in ABC Family’s hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager, has spent much of her life in the spotlight. The C

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  4. 50% of Doctors Prescribe Placebos

    Oct. 23, 2008 -- More than half of doctors offer fake prescriptions to make patients feel better -- and that's OK, most doctors say. The findings come from a survey of 679 internists and rheumatologists. Doctors in these specialties often see patients with chronic illnesses or chronic pains that are

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  5. Take the Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Chronic Pain?

    No doubt about it -- plenty of us are suffering from chronic pain. More than 50 million Americans have some form of this malady, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. But having lots of company doesn’t make it any easier to bear. Chronic pain wears people down, causes fatigue and insom

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  6. Lyrica Eases Pain From Knee Surgery

    Oct. 20, 2008 -- Roughly 300,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the U.S., and while most patients do well, some have lingering pain even when the operation is successful. But a strategy developed at Chicago's Rush Medical Center appears to significantly reduce chronic pain fol

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  7. Phiten Necklace: Red Sox Secret Weapon?

    Oct. 14, 2008 -- The Boston Red Sox may have a secret weapon disguised as a fashion accessory that might help them in this year's baseball playoffs. About half the team members now wear vinyl necklaces embedded with titanium made by the Japanese company Phiten, a spokesman for the company tells WebM

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  8. New Screening for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Sept. 17, 2008 -- A brief questionnaire has been developed to help doctors screen for carpal tunnel syndrome. Because of the high prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome, and because there are many other conditions with similar symptoms, it can be hard for doctors to decide which patients to send for e

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  9. Exercises Can Ease Arthritis Pain

    If you've got aching joints and arthritis, exercise can help. It may be hard to believe, but experts agree -- moving your joints helps relieve joint pain. "When you exercise, you strengthen the muscles around the joints, which helps take stress off joints," says Richard Weil, MEd, CDE, WebMD's fitne

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  10. Chronic Pain: New Research, New Treatments

    As recently as 20 years ago, people with chronic pain were too often dismissively told that their problem was "in their heads" or that they were hypochondriacs. But in the last decade, a handful of dedicated researchers learned that chronic pain is not simply a symptom of something else -- such as a

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