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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Anesthesia Risk Rises in Afternoon

    Aug. 3, 2006 - Morning may be the safest starting time for surgery, according to a new study. Researchers found patients anesthetized for surgery in the afternoon were much more likely to develop anesthesia-related complications than those whose surgeries began in the morning. "This is one of the fi

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  7. Chronic Pain On/Off Switch Found

    July 27, 2006 -- A molecular switch turns off chronic pain, Columbia University researchers report. The switch is an enzyme called protein kinase G or PKG. When PKG gets stuck in the "on" position, nerve cells keep sending pain signals -- long after the injury that originally caused the pain has hea

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  8. U.S. Rx Painkiller Deaths Up

    July 24, 2006 -- Accidental deaths from prescription painkillers have risen in recent years in the U.S., show no signs of slowing down, and may be largely due to painkiller abuse. The CDC's Leonard Paulozzi, MD, MPH, and colleagues, report the news in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety's online "E

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  9. Chronic Pain: Integrative Treatments

    For decades, Mary Sienkiewicz, now 42, could barely get out of bed in the morning because of the severe lower back pain that radiated down her legs. This past summer, however, she was able to Rollerblade through her hometown of Schererville, Ind. Sienkiewicz's pain, which she describes as a "deep ac

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  10. Music May Ease Chronic Pain

    May 26, 2006 -- People dealing with chronic pain may get some relief by listening to music for an hour a day, new research shows. A study in June's Journal of Advanced Nursing shows that adults with chronic pain reported less pain, depression depression, and disability and felt more empowered after

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