Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2009’

Travel Tips for Back Pain Sufferers

June 24, 2009Travelbite.co.uk Holidaying is one of our favourite pastimes but for back pain sufferers, discomfort while on holiday can put a dampener on the fun. We all need a holiday to recharge our batteries, but with back pain affecting almost 80 percent of us at some time in our lives, a combination of hectic preparations, uncomfortable journeys and emotional …

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That Little Voice Inside Your Twinge

June 24, 2009By GINA KOLATANew York Times A COLLEAGUE of mine at The Times who is a triathlete had a question: Everyone tells you to listen to your body, but what are you supposed to listen to? Turns out it’s not so obvious. Deena Kastor, the American record holder for the marathon, interprets the advice selectively. “Running isn’t always comfortable,” …

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Low Back Pain? Try Stretching Your Hip Flexors

June 25, 2009By FITSUGARONSUGAR After doing a sprint interval workout, my running buddy complained that sprinting often made her low back feel tight. I had a notion that her psoas might be tight. This muscle is a major hip flexor and it attaches to the low spinal vertebrae. When the psoas gets short and tight from activities like sprinting, it …

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Painful Bladder Syndrome

June 25, 2009By Matthew KarlovsEmpowher The term Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS) has become the new “catch-all” diagnosis for women who experience pain with their bladder, and has become interchangeable and/or incorporated with the diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis (IC). IC is a pain syndrome of the bladder that must fit a tight research definition, as is often considered in women presented …

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Can America Reduce Medical Costs While Expanding the Availability of Health Care?

June 25, 2009By Cathy Cockrell, NewsCenter UC Berkeley The current U.S. health care system — with its ever-rising price tag and its gaping discrepancies in care — is a “ticking time bomb” for the federal budget, President Obama warned members of the American Medical Association. Without corrective action, he said on June 15, “America may go the way of GM …

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The Damage of Reflux (Bile, Not Acid)

June 30, 2009By JANE E. BRODYNew York Times In describing an instance of intense anger, you might say, as a figure of speech, that bile rose in your throat. But for some people bile does indeed rise, perhaps not as far as the throat but far enough to cause digestive distress and serious damage to the lining of the stomach …

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Injection Therapy for Back Pain Relief

March 12, 2009By Louis Neipris, M.D., Staff Writer, myOptumHealthThe Kansas CW Your meds take the edge off your back pain, but it’s not enough. Your pain keeps you from your physical therapy appointments. Now your doctor has offered you injection therapy. You have heard that injections may help, but you still have questions. What is injection therapy? Injection therapy for …

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Michael Jackson Death Probe Zeroes in on Medications Found at His Home

July 1, 2009By Andrew Blankstein, Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton Los Angeles Times Authorities investigating the circumstances of Michael Jackson’s death are relying in part on several bags of evidence they have removed over the last week from the pop star’s Holmby Hills mansion, including prescription drugs that one source said were not in Jackson’s name. It will be …

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Milnacipran: A Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor for the Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome

July 1, 2009By Deborah A. Cios, PharmD, Julie E. Kim, PharmD, MBA, BCPSModern Medicine Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a condition classified by widespread chronic pain and is associated with fatigue, morning stiffness, and disordered sleep. Milnacipran is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) that was recently approved by FDA for the management of FMS. In clinical trials, milnacipran has …

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If 2 Painkillers Are Banned, What Next?

July 2, 2009HealthDay NewsForbes.com Banning the popular painkillers Percocet and Vicodin, which a U.S. health advisory panel has urged, would not be as drastic as it sounds, some medical experts contend. The reason, they say, is that other options are available. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel made its recommendation Tuesday. It followed the release in May of …

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