PainCare Blog

A Different Approach to Pelvic Pain

Los Altos Town CrierWritten by Nancy Dickenson Wednesday, 18 March 2009 Chronic pelvic pain is not something we like to talk about, yet taboo topics such as incontinence and sexual dysfunction mean that people may suffer in silence for years. Pelvic pain syndromes can affect anyone. Men, women and even children can be diagnosed with this under-recognized and misunderstood problem. …

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Millions Embrace Acupuncture, Despite Thin Evidence

By Ellen EdwardsWashington Post Staff WriterTuesday, March 17, 2009 Kaiya Larson pressed a small, thin needle against the patient’s skin. A licensed acupuncture practitioner, Larson focused intently as she felt for the right spot — not here, not there . . . then ping, she pushed the needle in and turned it a little to the right, as though she …

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How to Protect Yourself From Medication Errors

Sun. Mar. 15 2009 Angela Mulholland, CTV.ca News Staff Each year, about 422 million prescriptions are filled in Canada. And each year, countless Canadians are sent to hospital because of problems with these prescriptions. A study published this past summer in the Canadian Medical Association Journal estimated that more than one in nine of all emergency room visits are medication-related. …

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A Medical Madoff: Anesthesiologist Faked Data in 21 Studies

A pioneering anesthesiologist has been implicated in a massive research fraud that has altered the way millions of patients are treated for pain during and after orthopedic surgeries By Brendan BorrellScientific America, March 10, 2009 Over the past 12 years, anesthesiologist Scott Reuben revolutionized the way physicians provide pain relief to patients undergoing orthopedic surgery for everything from torn ligaments …

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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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