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  1. Chronic Pain: Why You Shouldn't Ignore It

    Remember your gruff high school coach's advice for treating an injury? "Just walk it off." Turns out your coach should have been sidelined for making a bad call, because while this strategy might have worked for the odd skinned knee, it's downright dangerous for serious pain. Still, a staggering one

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  2. Pain Drug Caution for Heart Patients

    Feb. 26, 2007 -- People with heart risks should take the pain drug Celebrex as a last resort and for the shortest possible time because of heart attack and stroke risk, says the American Heart Association (AHA). For those patients, caution may also be warranted for the long-term use of other nonster

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  3. Carpal Tunnel? Blame Genes Not Overuse

    Feb. 16, 2007 -- Long hours surfing the Internet or typing won't wreck your wrists, a new study shows. Carpal tunnel syndrome, long associated with overuse of the hands and wrists when surfing the Internet or typing, is linked more to genetics than repetitive use, according to the study. It was pres

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  4. Exercise Won't Up Knee Arthritis Risk

    Jan. 31, 2007 -- Moderate exercise doesn't increase the risk of developing arthritis in the knees of older adults, even if they are overweight, according to a new study that evaluated more than 1,200 people. "There really was no difference between those who exercised and those who didn't in terms of

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  5. When Aches & Pain Disrupt Sleep

    Aches and pains give everyone a sleepless night now and then. It doesn't take much -- a pulled muscle from an overenthusiastic workout or an afternoon spent helping a friend move furniture. Next thing you know, you're lying in bed at 3 a.m., staring at the ceiling above your bed, aching, and praying

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  6. 7 Myths About Cancer Pain

    What you believe about cancer pain can hurt you. About one out of three people with cancer experience pain. For nine out of 10 of these people, pain can be relieved relatively simply. Yet many patients let their misconceptions about cancer pain prevent them from seeking help. Following are common ca

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  7. Common Pain Drugs to Get New Warnings

    Dec. 19, 2006 -- Over-the-counter pain relievers used by hundreds of millions of Americans will carry stricter safety warnings under regulations proposed Tuesday by the FDA. Labels would warn of the potential for severe liver damage with the use of acetaminophen, the pain reliever contained in Tylen

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  8. Rare Gene Mutation May Block Pain

    Dec. 13, 2006 -- Scientists have discovered rare gene mutations that may block pain. The mutations, found in the SCN9A gene, were spotted in six children in Pakistan who reportedly had never felt pain. The discovery may lead to development of new pain drugs, write the researchers, who include C. Geo

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  9. FDA: Don't Use Quinine for Leg Cramps

    Dec. 12, 2006 -- The FDA is telling people not to use the malaria drug quinine for leg cramps, citing potentially deadly side effects. The FDA issued the advice today and ordered all unapproved drugs containing quinine off the market within 60 days. Qualaquin, the only FDA-approved quinine drug, can

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  10. Massage May Help Knee Osteoarthritis

    Dec. 11, 2006 -- Knees hurt? Massage may cut the pain and improve function if you have knee osteoarthritis , a new study shows. Massage therapy "seems to be a viable option" as an addition to other treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee, write the researchers. Osteoarthritis, the most common type

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