Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2008’

No Prescription? Have Some of Mine

August 25, 2008New York Times Pass the pills, please. (Monica Almeida/The New York Times) Borrowing and sharing of prescription drugs among friends and family is common, particularly among younger women, a new report shows. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed more than 25,000 adults and found that sharing of prescription drugs is common, with 29 percent …

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Acupuncture Sticks It to Cancer Pain

Natural Health By: Lara EndreszlFriday, 22 August 2008 …The study Acupuncture Reduces Pain and Dysfunction in Head and Neck Cancer Patients after Neck Dissection done by Dr. David Pfister of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center picked 70 random patients to research over a period of four weeks. All the patients had been recovered from radiation and surgery for three months …

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Harder, Not Longer (Planks That Is)

BostonHerald.com Blogs. In his book Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance, Dr. Stuart McGill notes that when referring to low back stability, one needs to place an emphasis on endurance rather than strength training. As counterintuitive as it may sound, most people with chronic lower back pain, do in fact, have strong lower backs. The reason why they’re so jacked up …

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Don’t Become A Victim Of Medical Marketing

A good report but one exception I have is the suggestion that ‘when one sees marketing reps in a doctor’s office, it automatically suggests that the doctor will likely be influenced by the company being represented’. The fact is, doctors’ offices obtain samples of new medications through the drug representatives for their patients to try. Unless the doctor does not …

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Alexander Technique Eases Back Pain

Study Shows Physical Therapy Method Is Useful for Chronic Back PainBy Caroline WilbertWebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MD Aug. 19, 2008 — The Alexander technique, a little-known type of physical therapy designed to reduce chronic pain, is more effective at reducing back pain than exercise alone or massage therapy, according to a new study. The study, published in the …

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Sporting Activity Following Discectomy For Lumbar Disc Herniation

By Verena Dollinger, MD; Alois A. Obwegeser, MD, MSc, MAS; Michael Gabl, MD; Peter Lackner, MD; Michael Koller, MD; Klaus Galiano, MD ORTHOPEDICS 2008; 31:756 August 2008 Abstract The aim of this study was to investigate to what extent patients could resume physical activity following surgery for herniated lumbar disks… Conclusion Single-level lumbar disk surgery does not limit sport participation …

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Promising New Drug Developed by UCSD for I.C.

Promising New Drug Developed by UC San Diego Medical Center ReseacherProvides Hope for Sufferers of Painful Bladder Syndrome News ReleaseDate: August 19, 2008 For the millions of sufferers of a bladder condition called painful bladder syndrome/interstitial cystitis, hope is on the way, developed by urologic surgeon and researcher Lowell Parsons, M.D. of the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. …

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Painful Bladder Syndrome Difficult To Diagnose, Treat

8/18/2008 Tribune Media Services DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I have been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. Could you explain the condition? Is there any hope for complete recovery? Cystitis is the medical term for inflammation of the bladder. Most of the time, the inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection. But interstitial cystitis, also called painful bladder syndrome, is different. It is …

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Merck Vioxx Trial Done to Boost Sales, Study Finds

By Elizabeth Lopatto and Michelle Fay CortezBloomberg.com Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) — Merck & Co.’s marketing department devised a study on the painkiller Vioxx to persuade 600 doctors involved in the trial to prescribe the drug and recommend it to their peers, researchers say. Their conclusions are based on 100 internal company memos and reports about the study known as Advantage …

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Post-Surgical Epidural May Boost Survival

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay ReporterWashington Post Tuesday, August 12, 2008; 12:00 AM TUESDAY, Aug. 12 (HealthDay News) — Epidural anesthesia may not only be the best way to control pain after major surgery, it may also improve post-operative survival, Canadian researchers report. The use of epidural anesthetics for major surgery has been somewhat controversial. There doesn’t seem to be much question …

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