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  1. Sleep Disturbances Heighten Pain

    April 2, 2007 -- It may come as no surprise to new parents, but getting up throughout the night may actually be painful. A new study shows that frequent sleep disturbances, like getting up to care for a crying baby, may affect the body’s natural pain inhibitors and increase spontaneous pain among wo

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  2. Emotions May Influence Arthritis Pain

    March 28, 2007 -- The fear and distress arthritis patients feel about their condition can make a big difference in how they perceive the pain that comes with it, a novel brain-imaging study shows. The findings suggest that interventions designed to reduce pain-related fear and anxiety, such as behav

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  3. Osteoarthritis Linked to Gene Mutation

    March 27, 2007 -- Variations in a cartilage gene may increase the odds of developing osteoarthritis, a Japanese study shows. In osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, the cartilage that covers and cushions joints wears down. The gene in question helps develop cartilage, say the researche

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  4. Pain Drug Caution for Heart Patients

    Feb. 26, 2007 -- People with heart risks should take the pain drug Celebrex as a last resort and for the shortest possible time because of heart attack and stroke risk, says the American Heart Association (AHA). For those patients, caution may also be warranted for the long-term use of other nonster

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  5. Carpal Tunnel? Blame Genes Not Overuse

    Feb. 16, 2007 -- Long hours surfing the Internet or typing won't wreck your wrists, a new study shows. Carpal tunnel syndrome, long associated with overuse of the hands and wrists when surfing the Internet or typing, is linked more to genetics than repetitive use, according to the study. It was pres

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  6. Exercise Won't Up Knee Arthritis Risk

    Jan. 31, 2007 -- Moderate exercise doesn't increase the risk of developing arthritis in the knees of older adults, even if they are overweight, according to a new study that evaluated more than 1,200 people. "There really was no difference between those who exercised and those who didn't in terms of

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  7. Common Pain Drugs to Get New Warnings

    Dec. 19, 2006 -- Over-the-counter pain relievers used by hundreds of millions of Americans will carry stricter safety warnings under regulations proposed Tuesday by the FDA. Labels would warn of the potential for severe liver damage with the use of acetaminophen, the pain reliever contained in Tylen

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  8. Rare Gene Mutation May Block Pain

    Dec. 13, 2006 -- Scientists have discovered rare gene mutations that may block pain. The mutations, found in the SCN9A gene, were spotted in six children in Pakistan who reportedly had never felt pain. The discovery may lead to development of new pain drugs, write the researchers, who include C. Geo

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  9. FDA: Don't Use Quinine for Leg Cramps

    Dec. 12, 2006 -- The FDA is telling people not to use the malaria drug quinine for leg cramps, citing potentially deadly side effects. The FDA issued the advice today and ordered all unapproved drugs containing quinine off the market within 60 days. Qualaquin, the only FDA-approved quinine drug, can

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  10. Massage May Help Knee Osteoarthritis

    Dec. 11, 2006 -- Knees hurt? Massage may cut the pain and improve function if you have knee osteoarthritis , a new study shows. Massage therapy "seems to be a viable option" as an addition to other treatments for osteoarthritis of the knee, write the researchers. Osteoarthritis, the most common type

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