Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2009’

Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise

Doubling of rate in North Carolina may mimic rest of nationPosted February 10, 2009 By Carolyn ColwellHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) — A North Carolina study finds that the rate of chronic low back pain has more than doubled in that state since the early 1990s — a statistic the authors say might reflect what’s happening in the …

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FDA Issues Warning on Osteoporosis Medication

Mireya HernandezFebruary 4, 2009Mireya Hernandez The Food and Drug Administration came out with some important news on bisphosphonates last month. Bisphosphonates are a common treatment and prevention medication for osteoporosis, and are marketed through brands like Boniva, Fosamax, Actonel and Reclast. The report warns physicians of the possibility of bone, joint and/or muscle pain connected to the use of these …

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AAPM: Spinal-Stretching Device Relieves Back Pain

This study, as pointed out by the author of the article, was prospective but uncontrolled, involving only a small patient sample. This study was funded by one of the makers of the device. A larger, controlled study should follow. Larry Ho, MD window.onload = function () { var q = (document.URL); document.getElementById(“mptplayer”).src += q; } By John Gever, Senior EditorMedPage …

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Why Sitting Up Straight May Get You A Better Ride, Too

Showing Some BackboneBy Alfonso Morettimotorcyclecruiser.com Sitting Up Straight Side View Have you ever been at a rally and taken a really good look around? If you gazed long and hard, you probably realized the folks you’re checking out aren’t exactly the most stand-up group-literally. In other words, your motorcycling brethren are a bunch of slouches. The good news is that …

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FDA Warns of Potential of Serious Side Effects with Topical Numbing Agents

By Todd Neale, Staff WriterMedPage Today ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 16 — The FDA has issued a second warning about the potential dangers of using topical anesthetics for relieving pain from medical tests and conditions. The latest advisory was prompted by a report last summer on the results of a randomized trial evaluating the use of lidocaine for the pain and …

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FDA OKs Fibromyalgia Drug Savella

Savella Joins Cymbalta and Lyrica as Drugs Approved for Fibromyalgia PatientsBy Miranda HittiWebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MD Jan. 15, 2009 — The FDA has approved a new drug called Savella for the management of fibromyalgia. Savella belongs to a class of drugs called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which include some antidepressants. The drug companies behind Savella …

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Back: Deterioration is natural, but it can be slowed

Mar. 01, 2009By Sam McManis The Sacramento Bee The problem, arguably, began when we started walking upright. Our spines just aren’t constructed to take such vertical force. Something’s got to give and, most often, it’s a disc, a muscle, a nerve. Back pain, elusive to diagnosis and tricky to treat, affects 80 percent of the U.S. population at some point …

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Talk Therapy for Kids’ Pain: Better than Pills?

Tuesday, Mar. 03, 2009By John CloudTIME Some children, like some adults, have chronic, unexplainable pain. They have backaches every day or their legs and feet hurt every day or their necks throb constantly — and no one is sure why. Doctors call this pain idiopathic, a medical term for “we have no clue.” Idiopathic pain arises spontaneously and without a …

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J. D. Drew Encouraged After Injection to Relieve Back Discomfort

J.D. Drew plays professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox. This is a good example of the procedure, facet injections, from a patient’s perspective. Thursday, March 5, 2009By JOE McDONALDJournal Sports WriterThe Providence Journal FORT MYERS, Fla. — The four injections Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew received on Monday in Boston contained a combination of cortisone and litacane. Dr. Bill …

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The National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009

How Organizations & Support Groups Can Expand Congressional Sponsorshipby American Pain FoundationMarch 5, 2009 “This bill will make pain care and pain management a public health priority.” The American Pain Foundation applauds the United States House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee for adopting The National Pain Care Policy Act of 2009 (H.R.756)* on March 4, 2009. The legislation will …

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