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  1. Phantom Limb Pain: Mirrors May Help

    Nov. 21, 2007 -- Mirrors may help curb phantom limb pain, a new study shows. After an amputation, many people experience pain in the area where their amputated limb had been. That's called phantom limb pain. The new study on phantom limb pain tests a technique called mirror therapy. Eighteen patient

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  2. Cox-2 Use Is Down, but Ulcers Are Up

    Nov. 8, 2007 (Boston) -- The number of bleeding ulcers and other gastrointestinal complications has increased since a class of pain drugs called Cox-2 inhibitors fell out of favor due to their increased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new study. The new research was presented Thursday

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  3. Steroids for Carpal Tunnel Questioned

    Nov. 8, 2007 (Boston) -- People with carpal tunnel syndrome may be better off undergoing surgery early as opposed to receiving injections of steroids to reduce their inflammation and pain, because steroids may not be as effective in the long term. In the new study, after an average follow-up of 5.9

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  4. Cervical Disc Disease and Neck Pain

    Nothing lasts forever, especially the human body. Decades of bending, lifting, turning, and twisting can really take their toll on your neck. Considering all that repetitive stress, it's no surprise that about two-thirds of people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. Cervical disc

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  5. Hot Chili Peppers May Relieve Pain

    Oct. 3, 2007 -- A new hot-chili-pepper-based anesthetic may offer better pain relief during childbirth, surgery, or other painful situations than conventional anesthetics. Preliminary tests of the anesthetic in rats show it effectively blocked pain without causing complete loss of movement in the ta

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  6. FDA Warns of Painkiller Fentora Misuse

    Sept. 26, 2007 -- The FDA today alerted doctors and patients about improper and potentially deadly misuse of Fentora tablets. Fentora is a strong narcotic painkiller that should only be used for treating breakthrough pain in cancer patients who are opioid-tolerant, meaning they take narcotic pain me

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  7. Magnets Don’t Fight Pain, Study Shows

    Sept. 24, 2007 -- Magnets don't fight the pain of arthritis or fibromyalgia, according to a new review of research. Researchers say magnets for pain are a multibillion dollar industry and have been incorporated into arm and leg wraps, mattress pads, necklaces, shoe inserts, and bracelets. They are m

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  8. Why You Must Protect Your Knees

    By Jeannette Moninger Women are the weaker-kneed sex - really! Ease the pain with these tips. Years of stooping, kneeling, and running around really takes a toll on your knees, and women have it especially bad: Studies show we're up to six times more likely than men to suffer from knee injuries like

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  9. The Price Tag of Chronic Pain

    Question: An 80-year-old with arthritis, a 50-year-old with a bad back, and a 20-year-old with migraines -- what do these people have in common? Answer? Chronic pain. Pain was once viewed only as a symptom, the consequence of another condition. It was often ignored as doctors focused on treating its

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  10. Is Chronic Pain on the Rise?

    As the first baby boomers hit their 60s, many are finding life hurts a bit more than it once did. Whether playing tennis, lifting a basket of laundry, or just getting out of bed, pain -- for some, chronic pain -- is a new companion. "We have an aging population," says Robert Bonakdar, MD, director o

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