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  1. Anxiety Plays Role in Pain After Surgery

    Oct. 19, 2010 -- Having the form of a gene associated with low sensitivity to pain may not automatically protect people from developing chronic pain after surgery, a new study suggests. "Even if you have the form of this gene that is thought to protect, it didn't protect from this kind of chronic pa

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  2. Romantic Love Affects Your Brain Like a Drug

    Oct. 13, 2010 -- The euphoric “high” that accompanies the passion-filled, early days of romantic love is a common pop music theme, but is it just a metaphor or is love really like a drug? When researchers examined the question, they found that intense feelings of romantic love affect the brain in th

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  3. Ginger May Soothe Aching Muscles

    Sept. 20, 2010 -- Ginger's soothing properties may not be limited to the stomach. A new study shows that ginger may also be an effective pain reliever for sore muscles. Ginger has been a favorite remedy of Chinese medicine for centuries and is often used to treat nausea and upset stomach. However, r

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  4. Marijuana Relieves Chronic Pain, Research Shows

    Aug. 30, 2010 -- Three puffs a day of cannabis, better known as marijuana, helps people with chronic nerve pain due to injury or surgery feel less pain and sleep better, a Canadian team has found. ''It's been known anecdotally," says researcher Mark Ware, MD, assistant professor of anesthesia and fa

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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