Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2008’

Doctors Underprescribe For Fear Of Prosecution

By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer9/20/2008Tulsa World A study shows that doctors needn’t fear prescribing pain medicine. Many physicians underprescribe pain medications for patients who need them out of fear of prosecution, but a national study shows that few of the nation’s doctors ever get in trouble for prescribing narcotics improperly. The study, which appeared in the Sept. 9 edition …

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Spare Parts – Shoulder Replacement Surgery

More patients are turning to shoulder-replacement surgery to relieve pain and restore motionBy ANN CARRNSThe Wall Street JournalSept. 13, 2008 Carol DiFrulo had come to dread driving to her job as a high-school art teacher on New York’s Staten Island. She loved her work, but arthritis in her shoulders had become so painful that she would cry when maneuvering the …

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Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain

Shoulders, neck and back most affected, but group says smart loading could cut stressPosted September 12, 2008 FRIDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) — About 85 percent of American university students report backpack-related pain and discomfort, says a Boston University study. Discomfort was most common in the shoulders, lower back, upper middle back and neck. The findings may point to an …

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‘Abuse-Resistant’ Form of OxyContin May Be Near

09.10.08Forbes.com THURSDAY, Sept. 11 (HealthDay News) — Researchers say they’ve developed an “abuse-resistant” formulation of the widely prescribed opioid pain medication OxyContin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Remoxy priority review, meaning that action could come as soon as early December, said Dr. Nadav Friedman, chief operating officer of Pain Therapeutics Inc., which developed Remoxy. If approval is …

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Study Says Too Many Arthroscopic Knee Surgeries

The Associated PressBy LINDA A. JOHNSON – Sep 10, 2008 Two studies call into question whether many people with arthritis are needlessly undergoing one of the most common operations in America: arthroscopic knee surgery. One finds that surgery is no better than medication and physical therapy for relieving the pain and stiffness of moderate or severe arthritis. The other reveals …

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FDA Issues Warning On Arthritis Drugs Over Deaths

By Alice TurnerSeptember 7th 2008eFlux Media The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement which highlights that manufacturers of Humira, Cimzia, Enbrel, and Remicade must strengthen the existing warnings, in the Warnings and Precaution sections of the drugs’ prescribing information and Medication Guides, to better highlight the risk of developing fungal infections. The FDA found that several patients with …

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Back Pain From High Heels… Among Other Aches

Achilles’ Heel: Need to check whether high heels are right7 Sep, 2008, The Economic Times A colleague recently narrated an interesting tale about how her doctor had traced high heels as the reason behind her back pain. Now, most of us know that stilettos and style make most women go tip-toe and maintaining equilibrium with elan is more of an …

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Knee Pain More Likely In Overweight Or Obese Individuals.

Don’t do it for yourself — but for your kneesSeptember 3, 2008Los Angeles Times If your knees are pain-free, enjoy it while you can. Almost half of Americans will develop knee osteoarthritis by the time they’re 85, new research suggests. If the nation keeps packing on the pounds, that number could rise. Extra weight is hard on the knees, which …

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What Are Shingles, And Why Are More People Getting Them?

Shingles is one of the most painful nerve conditions caused by the chicken pox virus. The key to treatment (besides vaccination) is early diagnosis and early intervention. Larry Ho, MD September 4, 2008 By MARY JACOBS / Special Contributor to The Dallas Morning News …Anybody who has had chickenpox can get shingles, and sooner or later a significant number of …

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Fish Oil’s Many Pluses

Tuesday, 26 August 2008, 03:00 CDT By Tweed, Vera Vukovic, Laurel …Fish Oil In 2002, the American Heart Association concluded that about 3 g offish oil daily was beneficial for maintaining a healthy heart, and higher doses, with the oversight of a physician, could be beneficial where disease exists. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil cool inflammation, protect the …

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