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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Clue to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Found

    Nov. 16, 2006 -- A microscopic look at carpal tunnel syndrome may have uncovered the cause of the painful condition. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage through the bones and ligaments of the wrist. It protects a main nerve leading to the hand and the tendons that bend the fingers. In carpal tunne

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  5. Millions of Americans in Pain

    Nov. 15, 2006 -- Each month, one in four American adults suffers pain for at least 24 hours. That pain lasts for a year in nearly three-fifths of those over 65 and in 37% of those aged 20 to 44. These numbers are why the CDC has made pain the focus of this year's annual report card on U.S. health. T

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  6. Botox May Cut Knee Osteoarthritis Pain

    Nov. 14, 2006 (Washington, D.C.) -- Botox shots may do more than get rid of wrinkles. A new study shows Botox may decrease the pain of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and potentially prevent or forestall the need for knee replacement surgery. The preliminary research was presented at the 2006 annual meetin

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  7. Magnets Fail to Cut Surgery Pain

    Oct. 18, 2006 -- Magnets failed to provide pain relief after surgery for patients in a new study. The study was based on 165 patients who had had surgery at a hospital in Colombia. Researchers found that patients who had a magnetic device placed over their surgical wound fared no better than those w

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  8. Taking NSAIDs? Protect Your Tummy

    Nearly every arthritis sufferer has taken a traditional painkiller like aspirin or Aleve. They are a great solution for relieving pain and inflammation, but there's a definite downside. These drugs often lead to more trouble including upset stomach and bleeding ulcers. There are some 20 traditional

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  9. Carpal Tunnel May Predict Diabetes

    Aug. 22, 2006 -- Carpal tunnel syndrome may be an early warning sign that diabetes is just around the corner. The carpal tunnel is found in the wrist. In carpal tunnel syndrome, a nerve in the carpal tunnel becomes pinched due to swelling of the nerve and/or nearby tendons. The pinched nerve can cau

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  10. Meditation May Help Brain Handle Pain

    Aug. 9, 2006 -- Five months of daily meditation may help your brain stay calm during sudden pain. So says a study on transcendental meditation, published in NeuroReport. Researchers included Zang-Hee Cho, PhD, of the University of California at Irvine, and David Orme-Johnson, PhD, of the Maharishi U

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