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  1. Whiplash: What Predicts Recovery?

    Jan. 22, 2008 -- The initial level of pain after a whiplash injury, as well as psychological factors such as having positive expectations for getting better, best predict who will recover promptly from whiplash, according to research presented this week at the World Congress on Neck Pain in Los Ange

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  2. FDA Warns Again on Fentanyl Patches

    Dec. 21, 2007 -- Spurred by patient deaths and life-threatening side effects, the FDA today issued its second warning about misuse of skin patches containing the painkiller fentanyl. Fentanyl is a prescription opioid drug. Fentanyl skin patches are sold under the brand name Duragesic and in four gen

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