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  1. Propofol: Expert Q&A

    Propofol is a strong anesthetic that's used for surgery, some medical exams, and for sedation for people on ventilators -- never as a sleep aid. It's given by IV and should only be administered by a medical professional trained in its use. It takes effect in a matter of seconds. "It is very fast-act

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  2. Long-Term Painkiller Use Linked to Kidney Cancer

    Sept. 12, 2011 -- Long-term, regular use of non-aspirin anti-inflammatory painkillers raises the likelihood of developing kidney cancer by more than 50%, a study shows. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests men and women who take such drugs are equally at risk. Some sma

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  3. Prescription Painkiller Addiction: 7 Myths

    Prescription pain medicine addiction grabs headlines when it sends celebrities spinning out of control. It also plagues many people out of the spotlight who grapple with painkiller addiction behind closed doors. But although widespread, addiction to prescription painkillers is also widely misunderst

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  4. New Dosing Labels for Extra Strength Tylenol

    July 28, 2011 -- The maximum dose of Extra Strength Tylenol brand acetaminophen will soon be six, not eight pills a day. Johnson & Johnson's McNeil Consumer Healthcare announced the voluntary dosage reduction today. Labels will carry new dosing instructions this fall. The company says it will cut th

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  5. Talk Therapy Plus Self-Help May Fight Pain

    July 27, 2011 -- Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) that incorporates a self-help workbook may help people with pain, weakness, dizziness, and other symptoms -- with no underlying physical disease -- to feel and function better, a study shows. The study is published in Neurology. CBT is a time-limited

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  6. New Tylenol Recall Due to Musty Odor

    June 29, 2011 -- Johnson & Johnson has announced a recall of 60,912 bottles of Tylenol Extra Strength Caplets because of reports that some containers had an "offensive" odor that has been associated with gastrointestinal symptoms. The announcement was made by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, one of J&J's

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  7. 100 Million Americans Have Chronic Pain

    June 29, 2011 -- More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain at a cost of around $600 billion a year in medical treatments and lost productivity, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). An IOM committee commissioned by Congress concluded that pain is not optimally ma

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  8. Understanding Breakthrough Pain and Flares

    Breakthrough pain (BTP) is a fact of life for many cancer patients. But pain experts are now finding that these sudden, temporary flares of severe pain can affect people with noncancerous conditions as well. “We are much better now at identifying breakthrough pain, partly because the government requ

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  9. Managing Chronic Pain: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach

    Your body is aching and the pain feels unbearable. The last thing you want to hear is, “it’s all in your head.” For people with chronic pain, the discomfort is very real, and they know all too well they feel it in their bodies. “If you are lying in bed and hurting, the pain is your whole world,” say

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  10. Combination Therapy Needed to Fight Chronic Pain

    June 23, 2011 -- The last decade brought advances in our understanding of chronic pain, but this has not translated into better treatments yet, an analysis shows. The analysis was published in The Lancet. It found that treatments for chronic, non-cancer pain such as low back pain, arthritis, headach

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