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    1. Death Count Rising in Meningitis Outbreak

      Oct. 4, 2012 -- Patients in 23 states are being warned that the spinal steroid shots they received may have given them a rare and deadly fungal meningitis. So far, there have been 35 cases and "at least five deaths," according to the CDC, which expects the case count to rise. There have been 25 case

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    2. Snake Venom Painkillers?

      Oct. 3, 2012 -- Snake venom painkillers may sound like a hard sell, but a new study suggests it may be the next big thing in pain relievers. Researchers say certain compounds isolated from the venom of the deadly black mamba snake are actually potent painkillers. In the study, these compounds produc

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    3. Acupuncture Pain Relief Is Real, Researchers Say

      Sept. 10, 2012 -- About 3 million Americans visit acupuncturists each year, most of them for the relief of chronic pain. Now a new study shows the relief they get may be modest -- but real. The study is a review of previous acupuncture studies that compared the ancient Chinese practice to standard p

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    4. Pain Medication: Are You Addicted?

      Many people taking medication to control chronic pain are afraid they'll become addicted to those drugs. Some people do become addicted, and the results can be devastating. But there are ways to limit your risk. Candy Pitcher of Cary, N.C., knows all about the fear of addiction. One summer day in 20

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    5. When Your Pain Medication Isn't Working

      More than 100 million Americans have chronic pain. If you're one of them, controlling it will likely require searching for treatments beyond medication. That's because pain medication, while helpful, often cannot provide complete relief of pain. It may reduce but not eliminate pain. Carla Ulbrich, 4

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    6. Pain Doctor, Pain Patient

      On the night of March 28, 1986, Howard Heit's car was struck in a head-on collision. He left the scene of the serious crash thinking how lucky he was that he hadn't been hurt. "And then four to six weeks later, I started noticing twitches in the muscles of my neck and upper back. These progressed to

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    7. Massage May Help Sore Muscles Recover

      Feb. 1, 2012 -- There may be more to love about massage than just the "ahhhhh." A new study shows that kneading muscles after hard exercise decreases inflammation and helps your muscles recover. The study hints that massage after exercise may help relieve soreness, and may also help muscles become f

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    8. Does Obesity Cause Pain?

      Jan. 30, 2012 -- A large new study shows that obesity and pain often go hand in hand. That appears to be true even if an obese person is otherwise healthy. Researchers say that begs some questions: Can extra pounds cause pain? If so, how does fat make us hurt? A slew of chronic conditions that cause

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    9. Bufferin, Excedrin, NoDoz, Gas-X Recalled

      Jan. 9, 2012 -- Bufferin, Excedrin, Gas-X, and NoDoz products have been recalled because they may be mixed with one another, contain broken tablets, or contain prescription painkillers. Drugmaker Novartis is voluntarily recalling 1,645 lots of the four products. All four of the recalled products --

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    10. Neck Pain Treatments Put to the Test

      Jan. 3, 2012 -- Spinal manipulation and at-home exercises may be better at relieving neck pain than relying on drugs. But the best neck pain treatment may depend on the person. A new study shows that spinal manipulation therapy from a chiropractor or home exercises provided by a therapist offered be

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