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  1. 1st Artificial Cervical Disc Approved

    July 19, 2007 -- The FDA has approved the Prestige Cervical Disc, the first artificial cervical (neck) disc for the treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease, one of the most common causes of neck and arm pain. "The approval of this artificial disc means that people with cervical degenerative

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  2. OxyContin: Pain Relief vs. Abuse

    From time to time, OxyContin abuse flares up as a hot topic around the water cooler. If it isn't celebrities in the news for abusing the prescription painkiller, it's reports of drug-dealing doctors and overdose deaths. Add to that a law enforcement crackdown on OxyContin, and the result is a backla

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  3. Women's Knee-Injury Mystery Unsolved

    May 10, 2007 -- It's still a mystery why women suffer more knee injuries than men do. And an elaborate new study fails to link ACL rupture to menstrual cycle. The ACL -- the anterior cruciate ligament -- helps keep the knee stable. When overloaded, the ACL ruptures. This is extremely painful, as spo

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  4. FDA Nixes Vioxx-Like Pain Drug

    April 27, 2007 -- The drug company Merck today announced that the FDA has rejected Merck's application to market Arcoxia, a new osteoarthritis drug. Arcoxia is similar to Vioxx, a drug removed from the U.S. market in 2004 because of an increased heart attack and stroke risk. The decision follows the

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  5. Feel Better Naturally

    By Michael Castleman   Chew gum, listen to music, or try hypnosis for real pain relief. Thanks to a history of bad reactions, Louanne Weston was willing to do almost anything to avoid anesthesia. So when her doctor advised surgery to remove uterine fibroids that were causing cramps and heavy bleedin

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  6. FDA Panel Rejects Vioxx-Like Pain Drug

    April 12, 2007 -- A federal advisory panel on Thursday rejected Merck's bid to market a new osteoarthritis medication similar to Vioxx, a drug the company pulled from the U.S. market in 2004 because it put patients at risk for heart attacks and strokes. The decision, delivered in a 20 to 1 vote, mak

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  7. Sleep Disturbances Heighten Pain

    April 2, 2007 -- It may come as no surprise to new parents, but getting up throughout the night may actually be painful. A new study shows that frequent sleep disturbances, like getting up to care for a crying baby, may affect the body’s natural pain inhibitors and increase spontaneous pain among wo

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  8. Emotions May Influence Arthritis Pain

    March 28, 2007 -- The fear and distress arthritis patients feel about their condition can make a big difference in how they perceive the pain that comes with it, a novel brain-imaging study shows. The findings suggest that interventions designed to reduce pain-related fear and anxiety, such as behav

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  9. Osteoarthritis Linked to Gene Mutation

    March 27, 2007 -- Variations in a cartilage gene may increase the odds of developing osteoarthritis, a Japanese study shows. In osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, the cartilage that covers and cushions joints wears down. The gene in question helps develop cartilage, say the researche

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  10. Solid Footing

    By Ellen Strum Treat your feet right, and they’ll keep you “outstanding.” After a day on your feet, your feet likely hate you—and you hate them, too. "If your feet aren't healthy, it affects how you function and live your life," says Dr. Helena Reid, D.P.M., of Moline, Ill., a spokeswoman for the Am

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