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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Tiger Woods' Knee Surgery: FAQ

      April 16, 2008 -- Golfer Tiger Woods had arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee yesterday to correct cartilage damage. The surgery was successful, and Woods is expected to return to competition in four to six weeks, according to Woods' web site. "I made the decision to deal with the pain and sch

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    6. Weather Behind Headaches, Sufferers Say

      March 13, 2008 -- It isn't clear whether frequent headache sufferers can predict the weather, but most believe weather changes trigger their headache pain. In a survey conducted by the National Headache Foundation (NHF), three out of four people who had frequent headaches reported weather or baromet

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    7. Is There a Gender Bias in Knee Replacement?

      March 10, 2008 -- Men may be more likely than women to have a doctor advise them to get total knee replacement surgery -- even with the same knee problems. So say Canadian researchers who sent a man and a woman -- who had exactly the same extent of knee damage caused by osteoarthritis -- to 67 docto

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    8. Golf Swing Is Rough on New Knees

      March 6, 2008 -- Golfers who have had a knee replacement won't want to hear this: Have you considered taking up biking? Researchers have found that new knees take a beating when you swing a golf club, putting a great deal of pressure on the knees, especially the forward knee. In a small study, four

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    9. Fentanyl Pain Patch Recalled

      Feb. 13, 2008 -- Certain prescription skin patches containing the painkiller fentanyl are being recalled because of possible overdose risk. The voluntary recall applies to the following products with an expiration date on or before December 2009: Duragesic pain patch sold by PriCara in the U.S. in t

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    10. Burns Spur 'Icy Hot Heat Therapy' Recall

      Feb. 11, 2008 -- Chattem Inc. is recalling its Icy Hot Heat Therapy products, including samples, due to reports of burns and skin irritations. "Chattem is recalling these products because it has received some consumer reports of first, second, and third-degree burns as well as skin irritation result

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