Monthly Archive for: ‘December, 2008’

Guide To Walking In High Heels Without Pain

Carolyne Zinko, Chronicle Staff Writersfgate.com Sunday, December 21, 2008 The difference between sultry stilettos and frumpy pumps is three-fourths of an inch, or so says Victor Chu, a former shoe designer who has developed a cottage industry for himself – and perhaps increased the libidos of thousands of men – by training women to walk properly and painlessly in high …

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New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS

By Amanda GardnerHealthDay ReporterWashingtonpost.comThursday, December 18, 2008 THURSDAY, Dec. 18 (HealthDay News) — A leading organization of gastroenterologists has released new guidelines on the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The guidelines, issued by the American College of Gastroenterology and published in the January issue of The American Journal of Gastroenterology, essentially replace a 2002 document. “The world of IBS …

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Pain-free Snow Removal Begins With The Shovel

Expert offers tipson the righttools, techniques12/19/08By Beth BottsMcCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS If the first snows of winter have left you aching and sore, you might want to brush up on your snow-shoveling tools and technique. Michael Lambert, who grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minn., knows about snow. Now he’s the operations manager of Lowe’s in the Brickyard shopping center in …

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Cost-effectiveness of Spine Fusion Questioned in Dartmouth-led Study

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press ReleasePosted 12/16/08 • Media Contact: Deborah Kimbell • (603) 653-3602 Rates of spinal fusion have increased by more than 250 percent in the last 15 years. But is the surgery cost-effective? New research published in the December 16th issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that for patients with spinal stenosis …

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FDA Approves New Drug to Alleviate Moderate to Severe Pain

FDA NewsNovember 24, 2008 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Tapentadol hydrochloride, an immediate-release oral tablet for the relief of moderate to severe acute pain. Tapentadol is a centrally-acting synthetic analgesic that is available in doses of 50 mg, 75 mg, or 100 mg. “This approval offers health care professionals an additional choice for treating moderate to severe …

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New Study Blames Prescription Drugs for Bulk of Fatal Overdoses

By Jessica CalefatiDecember 10, 2008USNews.com Research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms the growing threat posed by abuse of prescription opiates and calls on clinicians to help prevent future cases of addiction and overdose. The study, authored by Aron Hall, finds that a majority of drug overdose deaths in West Virginia in 2006 are linked …

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Use of Complementary Medical Therapies Plateaus

December 10, 2008Shari RoanLos Angeles Times 1990, people were stunned when a Harvard researcher published a report showing that more than one-third of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine. But the trend seems to be softening, and even the definition of what constitutes CAM therapy is becoming somewhat problematic. A federal government survey released today shows only a 2% growth …

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Health Tip: Sciatica Pain During Pregnancy

Suggestions that may helpDecember 10, 2008 (HealthDay News) — As the developing baby inside you grows, it can begin to press on a sciatic nerve. This can cause pain that can extend from your lower back to your foot. Here are suggestions to help reduce sciatica pain during pregnancy, courtesy of the American Pregnancy Association: Whenever you can, lie down …

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The Evidence Gap – The Pain May Be Real, But The (MRI) Scan Is Deceiving

December 9, 2008By GINA KOLATAThe New York Times Cheryl Weinstein’s left knee bothered her for years, but when it started clicking and hurting when she straightened it, she told her internist that something was definitely wrong. It was the start of her medical odyssey, a journey that led her to specialists, physical therapy, Internet searches and, finally, an M.R.I. scan …

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Cancer Patients Lessen Their Pain With Laughter

baltimoresun.comAssociated PressDecember 7, 2008 NEW YORK The off-color jokes flew around the room. As the anecdotes got bawdier, the laughter intensified. Some recited from memory; others read from notebooks they brought along. The setting for the hilarity was the Montefiore-Einstein Cancer Center at Montefiore Hospital. The participants were cancer patients, some in advanced stages. They were taking part in the …

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