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  1. Phantom Limb Pain: Mirrors May Help

    Nov. 21, 2007 -- Mirrors may help curb phantom limb pain, a new study shows. After an amputation, many people experience pain in the area where their amputated limb had been. That's called phantom limb pain. The new study on phantom limb pain tests a technique called mirror therapy. Eighteen patient

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  2. Steroids for Carpal Tunnel Questioned

    Nov. 8, 2007 (Boston) -- People with carpal tunnel syndrome may be better off undergoing surgery early as opposed to receiving injections of steroids to reduce their inflammation and pain, because steroids may not be as effective in the long term. In the new study, after an average follow-up of 5.9

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  3. Cox-2 Use Is Down, but Ulcers Are Up

    Nov. 8, 2007 (Boston) -- The number of bleeding ulcers and other gastrointestinal complications has increased since a class of pain drugs called Cox-2 inhibitors fell out of favor due to their increased risk of heart attack or stroke, according to a new study. The new research was presented Thursday

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  4. Hot Chili Peppers May Relieve Pain

    Oct. 3, 2007 -- A new hot-chili-pepper-based anesthetic may offer better pain relief during childbirth, surgery, or other painful situations than conventional anesthetics. Preliminary tests of the anesthetic in rats show it effectively blocked pain without causing complete loss of movement in the ta

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  5. FDA Warns of Painkiller Fentora Misuse

    Sept. 26, 2007 -- The FDA today alerted doctors and patients about improper and potentially deadly misuse of Fentora tablets. Fentora is a strong narcotic painkiller that should only be used for treating breakthrough pain in cancer patients who are opioid-tolerant, meaning they take narcotic pain me

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  6. Magnets Don’t Fight Pain, Study Shows

    Sept. 24, 2007 -- Magnets don't fight the pain of arthritis or fibromyalgia, according to a new review of research. Researchers say magnets for pain are a multibillion dollar industry and have been incorporated into arm and leg wraps, mattress pads, necklaces, shoe inserts, and bracelets. They are m

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  7. 1st Artificial Cervical Disc Approved

    July 19, 2007 -- The FDA has approved the Prestige Cervical Disc, the first artificial cervical (neck) disc for the treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease, one of the most common causes of neck and arm pain. "The approval of this artificial disc means that people with cervical degenerative

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  8. Women's Knee-Injury Mystery Unsolved

    May 10, 2007 -- It's still a mystery why women suffer more knee injuries than men do. And an elaborate new study fails to link ACL rupture to menstrual cycle. The ACL -- the anterior cruciate ligament -- helps keep the knee stable. When overloaded, the ACL ruptures. This is extremely painful, as spo

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  9. FDA Nixes Vioxx-Like Pain Drug

    April 27, 2007 -- The drug company Merck today announced that the FDA has rejected Merck's application to market Arcoxia, a new osteoarthritis drug. Arcoxia is similar to Vioxx, a drug removed from the U.S. market in 2004 because of an increased heart attack and stroke risk. The decision follows the

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  10. FDA Panel Rejects Vioxx-Like Pain Drug

    April 12, 2007 -- A federal advisory panel on Thursday rejected Merck's bid to market a new osteoarthritis medication similar to Vioxx, a drug the company pulled from the U.S. market in 2004 because it put patients at risk for heart attacks and strokes. The decision, delivered in a 20 to 1 vote, mak

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