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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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