Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2011’

Consumer Reports: Overuse of pain relievers can be hazardous

Washington Post NationalPublished: July 18,2011 Aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are good at fighting fevers and relieving pain from arthritis, injuries and other causes. But many people who take the drugs are putting themselves at risk by taking too much or taking them too long or too often. In a 2005 study, one in four …

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Army on brink of new ways to fight pain

By Michelle Tan – Staff writerwww.armytimes.com SAN ANTONIO — The Army is reinventing the way it treats pain. Based on 109 recommendations from an Army-led Pain Management Task Force, the Army is seeking to move away from merely dispensing pain medication to embracing a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to caring for soldiers. This approach could include traditional medications coupled with more …

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Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated

By JANE E. BRODYPublished: July 18, 2011 It’s no secret that Americans are fatter today than ever before, and not just those unlucky people who are genetically inclined to gain weight or have been overweight all their lives. Many who were lean as young adults have put on lots of unhealthy pounds as they pass into middle age and beyond. …

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Painkillers ‘may ease agitation’ in dementia patients

By Jane HughesHealth correspondent, BBC News The British and Norwegian study, published on the BMJ website, found painkillers significantly cut agitation in dementia patients. Agitation, a common dementia symptom, is often treated with antipsychotic drugs, which have risky side effects. More…

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Massage Temporarily Eases Back Pain

www.thirdage.com For the study, researchers divided 401 patients with chronic back pain into groups receiving usual care, structural massage and relaxation massage. After 10 weeks, those who had been treated with either kind of massage therapy showed more significant improvement than those who had undergone usual care. They also spent less time in bed. More…

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IOM report calls for new attitude toward pain management

www.pharmacist.com Chronic pain affects at least 116 million adult Americans each year, costing the nation between $560 billion and $635 billion, reported the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. The IOM Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education, which produced the report, concluded that “many shortfalls in …

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