Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2008’

Wild Orangutans Treat Pain With Natural Anti-inflammatory

28 July 2008 NewScientist.com news service Matt Walker Wild orangutans have been spotted using naturally occurring anti-inflammatory drugs. Four individuals have been seen rubbing a soothing balm onto their limbs, the first known examples of orangutans self medicating. Great apes have never before been seen using drugs in this way. Remarkably though, local people use the same balm, administering it …

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‘Right-Size’ Your Handbag

By Debra D. BassST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH07/26/2008 Fill in the blank. “The dumbest thing I ever did for fashion was…” Take your time, everyone else I asked did. Apparently, most of us have a long list to choose from. … …When women come to him with headaches, back pain, neck pain and a number of residual complaints, the last thing they …

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Brain Injuries From Falls A Deadly Risk For Seniors

Prescribing pain medications for elderly patients is like walking a tight rope. On the one hand, elderly patients are more likely to have pain due to aging and degenerative problems that require meaningful treatments. On the other hand balance and coordination problems coupled with the dizziness side-effect of some medications make the elderly more at risk for falls when taking …

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A Call for a Warning System on Artificial Joints

July 29, 2008The Evidence GapBy BARRY MEIER, NEW YORK TIMES Dr. Lawrence Dorr, a nationally known orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles, realized last year that something was very wrong with some of his patients. Months after routine hip replacements, patients who had expected to live without pain were in agony. “The pain was grabbing me around the back,” said Stephen …

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AAFP Launches Online Classroom With Pain Management As The First Topic

LearningLink Debuts With Series on Managing Pain By Barbara Bein7/23/2008 The AAFP has launched a new online classroom, dubbed LearningLink, that provides Academy members with CME in multiple formats. The free program focuses on specific diseases or medical conditions, with pain management as the first topic. Registered participants learn about the topic — and earn CME credit — by completing …

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Olympic Games Gold Medalist Nikki Stone Joins Chronic Pain Experts in Educational Webcasts

American Society of Pain Educators launches first of three-part seriesBy ASPE: The American Society of Pain Educators SunHerald.com, MONTCLAIR, N.J., July 24 –The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) announces the launch of an educational Webcast series on chronic pain with leading health specialists and Olympic Games gold medalist and chronic pain sufferer, Nikki Stone. The first in the three-part …

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Is Pain All In The Mind?

From The Times OnlineJuly 26, 2008 New research shows why some people are better at coping with pain than others. Pain is a simple enough concept to grasp. You stub your toe, shout, perhaps utter a few expletives, rub it better and it eventually fades. But neuroscientists are realising that pain is much more complex than anyone thought possible, comprising …

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Motherhood Can Bring On Lingering Troubles With Back Soreness

By Linda Dums • For The Post-Crescent • July 26, 2008 Back pain is a common ailment for pregnant women. But it can linger after pregnancy because of all the lifting and bending and carrying that comes with caring for a baby. However, the back pain prevention and management methods women learned about during pregnancy, such as how to stand, …

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Korean Study Favors Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Over Intermittent Mechanical Traction

Spinal decompression therapy, or vertebral axial decompression with machines such as the IDD Acu-Spina or the DRX 9000 has gained popularity with patients and clinicians. Evidence is mounting as to the treatment’s efficacy. But like many new approaches in medicine, spinal decompression therapy remains “investigational” with some insurance companies. PainCare Medical Group offers qualified patients who are in our physical …

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How Computers Have Caused The Number Of Britons With Backache To DOUBLE In A Decade

By Fiona Macrae 24th July 2008, The Daily Mail PC pain: Spending more time on computers is causing back and head aches They are meant to make our lives easier. But computers are a real pain in the neck. And the back. Our growing reliance on the screens on our desks at work and home means many of us are …

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