Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2009’

Celeb Deaths ‘Highlight Medication Abuse’

September 21, 2009The AustralianThe deaths of Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson have thrown a spotlight on the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Australia, says a senior specialist.Dr Penelope Briscoe, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine at Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), says refrom is needed to curb the illicit use and sale of powerful …

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New Device Could More Effectively Alleviate Menstrual Cramp Pain

September 21, 2009www.eurekalert.orgJennifer Bender While most women experience minor pain during menstruation, for others, the pain can be severe enough to interfere with everyday activities and require medication. New research to be presented at the 2009 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition will reveal initial findings of safety surrounding a new device that may more effectively …

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Pain Beyond Words, and an Impulse Just to Endure

September 21, 2009www.nytimes.comDanna Jennings In each case, I was humbled by pain that to me seemed to transcend the basic medical scale of 1 (mildest) to 10 (most severe). And pain is a path to humility. When it hurts just to wriggle up in bed, elbows digging into the mattress for support, you generally don’t think of yourself as sitting …

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New Survey of People With Diabetic Nerve Pain Shows the Condition Significantly Impacts…

September 17, 2009www.reuters.com In a new online survey, eighty-five percent of people who experience diabetic nerve pain said hat their pain was one of the top three most bothersome complications of their diabetes. Despite the fact that people with diabetic nerve pain recognize the condition’s impact on their lives and eighty-four percent of those surveyed said they have discussed the …

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Daily Activities Lead to Lower Back Injuries

September 19, 2009DailyAmerican.comGeorge Grove More than 80 percent of the population suffers from some form of low back pain. Significant daily work productivity is lost because of individuals suffering from low back pain. Low back problems can even cause some individuals to lose or quit their jobs. Low back pain can be triggered by many things such as a muscle …

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The Golf Column: How to Cure Back Pain? Play, Don’t Practice

September 21, 2009www.telegraph.co.ukMark Reason It is humiliating. One moment the athlete is walking tall, improbable muscles straining the seams of his shirt. The next moment he is like a baby crawling around the bedroom carpet on his hands and knees. Back injury scythes down the professional sportsman with the same cold steel it uses on the hunched-up office worker. Seven …

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Two Old Drugs Make One New Diet Pill

New Combination Pill for Weight Loss Shows Promise By PEGGY PECKABC News, MedPage Today Sept. 10, 2009—Patients taking a novel diet drug that combines the stimulant phentermine with the anticonvulsant topiramate lost an average of 37 pounds over a year with significant improvement in a number of heart risk factors, according to an announcement Vivus, the developer of the drug. …

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Baby Steps Will Help You Lose Weight…and Keep it Off!

August 26, 2009Examiner.comAmy Capetta Earlier this year, I had interviewed a 51-year-old woman named Jane who had recently dropped over 130 pounds. Just hearing about her new-found enthusiasm for life—not to mention hearing the energy in her voice—actually made me feel like signing up for the NYC marathon! (Okay, I didn’t. But I did work out to a dance DVD …

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Mayo Clinic: Effectiveness of Laser Spine Surgery for Pain Relief Remains Unproven

August 27, 2009Aurora Sentinel The purpose of spine surgery typically is to relieve pain and other symptoms by decreasing pressure on a compressed spinal nerve or by stabilizing the spine. Surgery may involve removing a herniated or damaged portion of a disk in the spine (discectomy); removing the back part of the bone that covers the spinal canal (laminectomy); removing …

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Treating Chronic Pain – There is a Better Way!

August 27, 2009The Huffington PostColleen Perry The most overlooked reason why Americans are seeking medical treatment in the first place is CHRONIC PAIN. According to the latest figures 50 million Americans — 17% of the population, suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain is the #1 reason for missing work, the #1 reason for disability, and the #1 reason patients seek …

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