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    1. 50% of Doctors Prescribe Placebos

      Oct. 23, 2008 -- More than half of doctors offer fake prescriptions to make patients feel better -- and that's OK, most doctors say. The findings come from a survey of 679 internists and rheumatologists. Doctors in these specialties often see patients with chronic illnesses or chronic pains that are

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    2. Take the Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Chronic Pain?

      No doubt about it -- plenty of us are suffering from chronic pain. More than 50 million Americans have some form of this malady, according to the American Academy of Pain Medicine. But having lots of company doesn’t make it any easier to bear. Chronic pain wears people down, causes fatigue and insom

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    3. Lyrica Eases Pain From Knee Surgery

      Oct. 20, 2008 -- Roughly 300,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed each year in the U.S., and while most patients do well, some have lingering pain even when the operation is successful. But a strategy developed at Chicago's Rush Medical Center appears to significantly reduce chronic pain fol

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    4. Phiten Necklace: Red Sox Secret Weapon?

      Oct. 14, 2008 -- The Boston Red Sox may have a secret weapon disguised as a fashion accessory that might help them in this year's baseball playoffs. About half the team members now wear vinyl necklaces embedded with titanium made by the Japanese company Phiten, a spokesman for the company tells WebM

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    5. New Screening for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      Sept. 17, 2008 -- A brief questionnaire has been developed to help doctors screen for carpal tunnel syndrome. Because of the high prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome, and because there are many other conditions with similar symptoms, it can be hard for doctors to decide which patients to send for e

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    6. Pot May Ease Nerve Pain, Study Shows

      June 26, 2008 -- New research on "medical marijuana" shows that smoking pot may ease nerve pain at the expense of certain mental skills. Researchers at the University of California, Davis report that news in the June edition of The Journal of Pain. They studied 38 adults with nerve pain (neuropathic

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    7. Chronic Pain: New Research, New Treatments

      As recently as 20 years ago, people with chronic pain were too often dismissively told that their problem was "in their heads" or that they were hypochondriacs. But in the last decade, a handful of dedicated researchers learned that chronic pain is not simply a symptom of something else -- such as a

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    8. Anesthesia Link to Post-Surgery Pain

      June 23, 2008 -- Certain general anesthesia drugs may increase postoperative pain, and scientists may have discovered how that happens. Researchers at Georgetown University report that some general anesthesia drugs may activate pain receptors outside the brain and spinal cord, leading to greater pos

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    9. FDA Panel Nixes 'Abuse-Proof' OxyContin

      May 6, 2008 -- A panel of expert advisors to the FDA took a dim view Monday of efforts by OxyContin's manufacturer to market a new form of the prescription painkiller designed to cut down on tampering and abuse. The deliberations were a setback for the firm, Purdue Pharma. It was stung a year ago wh

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    10. Less Income, More Pain?

      May 1, 2008 -- If you think about your body right now, do you feel any pain? If so, you are apparently not alone. A new study shows that more than a quarter of people interviewed said they felt some pain in a 24-hour period starting the day before. Researchers interviewed 3,982 people about their ac

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