Monthly Archive for: ‘August, 2009’

August 2009 Mayo Clinic Health Letter Highlights Herbal Supplements, Groin Rashes and Hand Arthritis

August 13, 2009Mayo ClinicPRNewswire-USNewswire Natural doesn’t always mean safe when it comes to herbal supplements, according to the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. When used properly, many herbal supplements may be safe and possibly beneficial to health. However, a few supplements can cause life-threatening problems or dangerous interactions with medications. Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers some of the …

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Surgery for Neck Pain May Also Relieve Headaches

August 12, 2009HealthDay Newsajc.com Surgery can significantly improve headaches associated with neck problems, according to the results of a patient survey. The study included 1,004 patients, aged 25 to 78, who had two types of cervical neck operations — arthroplasty (disk replacement) or arthodesis (spine fusion). Before the surgery, 86.4 percent of the patients reported headaches — 34.1 percent had …

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FDA Approves Embeda™ For Management of Moderate to Severe Chronic Pain

August 13, 2009PRNewsWIre King Pharmaceuticals®, Inc. (NYSE:KG) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved EMBEDA™ (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride) Extended Release Capsules for oral use, a long-acting Schedule II opioid analgesic for the management of moderate to severe pain when a continuous, around-the-clock opioid analgesic is needed for an extended period of time. EMBEDA™ …

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Pot-Friendly California: Amsterdam In America?

August 13, 2009By RICHARD GONZALESNPR.org More than a dozen years ago, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana for people with serious illnesses. Many used it to relieve pain or other symptoms — and that’s still true. But medical marijuana has now become a thriving business in California that serves a lot more than just sick people. In …

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Top 10 Exercise Injuries For Women

August 11, 2009By Mark DilworthEmpowher – Women’s Health Online Exercise injuries are as common as exercise itself, whether it be women or men doing the exercise. In coming articles, I will discuss injury prevention for each of the 10 exercise injuries that will be discussed in this article. According to a study published by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, …

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Tips to Build a Better Back

August 8, 2009By Ellen GoldmanTheAlternatePress.com I am a huge believer in the power of intention. By saying your thoughts out loud, letting others know of your dreams and future plans, doors open and opportunities arise. I’ve always said the universe gives you what you need. I was recently helping a friend of mine who has been plagued with back pain …

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Studies Question Using Cement for Spine Injuries

August 6, 2009 By DENISE GRADY New York Times Two new studies cast serious doubt on a widely used and expensive treatment for painful fractures in the spine. The treatment, vertebroplasty, injects an acrylic cement into bones in the spinal column to ease the pain from cracks caused by osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disorder common in older people. Doctors began performing …

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Chronic Pain Guidelines Suggest Opioids

May 12, 2009By RONI CARYN RABINThe New York Times Few people think twice about taking aspirin or ibuprofen. But for those 75 and older, the high doses needed to treat chronic pain may be so dangerous that patients may be better off taking opioids instead, an expert panel has found. New pain management guidelines issued by the American Geriatrics Society …

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Experts Warn Against Long-Term Use of Common Pain Pills

May 6, 2009, 1:15 pm By Roni Caryn Rabin New York Times Aspirin and ibuprofen are staples in just about every medicine chest and first aid kit. They’re sold over the counter, and they’re not expensive. Most people don’t think twice about taking them. But they should — especially if they’re elderly. Last week, an expert panel of American Geriatrics …

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Why Does Pain Get Worse When a Storm Is Coming?

By Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.DApril 30, 2009psychcentral.com The next time you watch the weather forecast, notice the barometric pressure, measured in inches. Numbers such as 30.04 will be followed by “rising,” “falling,” or “steady.” Typically, when a low pressure front is coming (and they do, all the time) it signals not only a change in the weather, but a drop …

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