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  1. 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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  2. 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 narcot ic painkiller that should only be used for treating breakthrough pain in cancer patients who are opioid-tolerant, meaning they take narcotic pain m

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