Monthly Archive for: ‘October, 2008’

Is Financial Crisis the Reason for Your Back Pain?

Leading Pain Doctor Says Talking, Walking, Laughing and Sex Can HelpOct. 23, 2008 NEW YORK, Oct 23, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Is Wall Street to blame for your back pain? If you’ve been suffering from back, neck or shoulder pain lately, much of it could be a direct result of the financial crisis gripping the world, says pain specialist …

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A Little Massage Can Mean A Lot

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008Just What the Doctor Ordered: A MassageBy Sanjay Gupta, M.D. I’m not a big fan of massages. As a neurosurgeon, I’ve never been completely convinced that the science behind them is all that sound. Yet there’s no denying that they’re popular — particularly among baby boomers and others who try to get active and stay fit with …

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In Sour Economy, Some Scale Back on Medications

October 22, 2008By STEPHANIE SAULThe New York Times For the first time in at least a decade, the nation’s consumers are trying to get by on fewer prescription drugs. As people around the country respond to financial and economic hard times by juggling the cost of necessities like groceries and housing, drugs are sometimes having to wait. “People are having …

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Gut-Wrenching Pain (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Can Be Avoided

China Daily2008-10-22 Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is chronic disorder of the digestive system which has been given more coverage in recent years, with 10-20 percent of people in Western countries fitting the diagnostic criteria at any given time. However, with no clear-cut cause nor course of treatment, IBS remains a largely misunderstood condition. IBS is described as a “functional” disorder …

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Painkiller Prescriptions Jump for Injured Troops

By Gregg ZoroyaUSA TODAYOctober 20, 2008 WASHINGTON — Narcotic pain-relief prescriptions for injured U.S. troops have jumped from 30,000 a month to 50,000 since the Iraq war began, raising concerns about the drugs’ potential abuse and addiction, says a leading Army pain expert. The sharp rise in outpatient prescriptions paid for by the government suggests doctors rely too heavily on …

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Pain Management Difficult, Subjective For Patients, Physicians

BY ELIZABETH BASSETTOctober 20, 2008Fort Worth Business Press It’s difficult to treat something that is hard to measure. However, an estimated 76 million Americans who suffer from pain, according to the National Centers for Health Statistics, must deal with their sometimes debilitating problems while trying to seek medical treatment that is based on subjective reports. The American Academy of Pain …

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For Amateur Golfers, A Bad Swing Can Be A Real Pain

By DALE ROBERTSONHouston ChronicleOct. 19, 2008 The empirical, which is to say observable, evidence suggests many amateur golfers don’t think they need to be physically fit to hit the links every Saturday morning after a week of wheeling and dealing from behind the desk. Nothing could be further from the truth according to physical therapist Russ Paine. As a five-handicapper, …

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Pregabalin Reduces Chronic Pain, Increases Patient Function Following Total Knee Replacement Surgery

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) 08-Oct-2008 Newswise — Currently affecting 50 million adults in the United States, the pain and disability of arthritis frequently necessitates joint replacement surgery. As the number of Americans affected by arthritis is expected to increase, a new study presented today at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists finds relief for those …

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Smoking, Gender Affect Pain Treatment Effectiveness

Men who light up show less improvement after therapy, study saysOctober 18, 2008 SATURDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) — Women appear to respond better than men to chronic pain treatment, and men who smoke appear to receive even less of benefit, a new study says. The Mayo Clinic study, to be presented Saturday at the American Society of Anesthesiologists annual …

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Pfizer Settles Bextra Claims

Friday, October 17, 2008 St. Louis Business Journal Pfizer Inc. said Friday that it reached agreements that should resolve substantially all of the personal injury, consumer fraud and state attorneys general claims involving its pain medication Bextra. Claims regarding pain medication Celebrex also will be resolved as part of the settlement, the drug company said. Pfizer withdrew Bextra, a non-steroidal …

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