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    1. FDA Panel Supports Cymbalta for Chronic Pain

      Aug. 19, 2010 -- An FDA advisory panel today gave a closely divided vote of support to drugmaker Eli Lilly's application to increase the number of approved uses for one of its best-selling drugs, the antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine). If the FDA follows the panel's advice, which it is not require

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    2. Vertebroplasty Provides Quick Back Pain Relief

      Aug. 9, 2010 -- Vertebroplasty -- a popular, minimally invasive treatment that uses injections of bone cement to seal up spinal vertebral fractures -- is safe, effective, and provides more back pain relief than conservative treatment in patients with acute vertebral fractures, according to new resea

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    3. New Pain Drug May Be Alternative to Oxycodone

      July 23, 2010 -- An extended-release form of the pain medication tapentadol has fewer gastrointestinal side effects than oxycodone when it's used for pain relief in people with osteoarthritis or chronic low back pain, a new study shows. The painkiller, called tapentadol ER, could provide a new alter

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    4. Torn ACL May Heal Without Surgery

      July 21, 2010 -- Many patients with a torn ACL -- the ligament that stabilizes the knee -- may avoid surgery by delaying the operation and first giving physical therapy a try. One of the most feared sports and work injuries is a torn anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. It's the tough piece of tissue

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    5. Study: Prescription Pain Pill Abuse Up 400%

      July 19, 2010 -- Abuse of prescription pain relievers jumped 400% between 1998 and 2008 among people aged 12 and older, according to a new report. The report showed that prescription pain reliever abuse rose from 2.2% in 1998 to 9.8% a decade later, with increases seen across all sectors of society

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    6. Tylenol Recall Grows Again

      July 8, 2010 -- The recall of Tylenol and other over-the-counter medicines has grown once again, with Tylenol maker McNeil PCC Inc. today announcing the recall of 21 lots of medicines as a precautionary measure. Today's recall includes Tylenol of various formulas, including children's Tylenol, the p

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    7. Common Painkillers Raise Heart Death Risk

      June 8, 2010 -- High doses of common painkillers raise the risk of heart death in healthy people, a huge Danish study finds. It's the first evidence that so-called NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) pain relievers -- including some sold over the counter -- increase the risk of heart disease

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    8. Expert Q&A: Video Games May Ease Pain

      Three-dimensional virtual reality video games may prove to be the latest weapon in the fight against pain. In a number of pilot studies, virtual reality (VR) has been shown to reduce the anxiety and pain associated with a variety of medical procedures and conditions, says Jeffrey I. Gold, PhD, assoc

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    9. Electrical Stimulation May Ease Back Pain

      May 10, 2010 (Baltimore) -- Spinal cord stimulation may help relieve chronic pain in the lower back, leg and arms, and other parts of the body, preliminary research suggests. Numerous studies support the use of spinal cord stimulation, which uses an electrical current to treat chronic pain, for the

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    10. Sedative, Tranquilizer Poisonings on the Rise

      April 6, 2010 -- More people are landing in the hospital because of poisoning from prescription tranquilizers, sedatives, and opioids, a new study finds. Hospitalizations for such poisonings increased 65% between 1999 and 2006. That’s double the increase in hospitalizations for poisoning by other dr

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