PainCare Blog

The Evidence Gap – The Pain May Be Real, But The (MRI) Scan Is Deceiving

December 9, 2008By GINA KOLATAThe New York Times Cheryl Weinstein’s left knee bothered her for years, but when it started clicking and hurting when she straightened it, she told her internist that something was definitely wrong. It was the start of her medical odyssey, a journey that led her to specialists, physical therapy, Internet searches and, finally, an M.R.I. scan …

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Cancer Patients Lessen Their Pain With Laughter

baltimoresun.comAssociated PressDecember 7, 2008 NEW YORK The off-color jokes flew around the room. As the anecdotes got bawdier, the laughter intensified. Some recited from memory; others read from notebooks they brought along. The setting for the hilarity was the Montefiore-Einstein Cancer Center at Montefiore Hospital. The participants were cancer patients, some in advanced stages. They were taking part in the …

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Medication Overuse Can Make Chronic Headaches Worse

December 6, 2008By Linda DumsFor The Post-Crescent When a headache hits, it’s easy to reach into the medicine cabinet for a pill. But if the occurrences are frequent, sufferers may be experiencing headaches from medication overuse and should see a doctor. “In the long run it’s the right thing to do because suffering headaches you really can’t work at your …

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New Twist on Treatment of Foot Pain

‘Dry-needling,’ steroids effective against plantar fasciitis, researchers sayPosted December 1, 2008 By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) — Italian researchers say they’ve developed a fast, effective, non-invasive treatment for the painful foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. Using a combination of “dry-needling” and steroid injections guided by ultrasound, the researchers say their approach achieved a 95 percent …

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Duke Study: Acupuncture Offers Better Headache Relief Over Medication

By Duke Medicine, Press Release12/2/2008 DURHAM, N.C. – Acupuncture is more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches, according to a new analysis conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers. The National Institutes of Health recommended acupuncture as a viable treatment for chronic headaches a decade ago and, while research in this field has increased, …

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Lilly Pulls FDA Application For Cymbalta For Pain

Nov 28, 2008 CHICAGO (Reuters) – Eli Lilly and Co (LLY.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Friday it withdrew an application to market its anti-depressant Cymbalta for the management of chronic pain because U.S. health regulators raised questions about the drug’s effectiveness and dosing. Lilly said it made its decision to pull the supplemental New Drug Application for …

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Circumcision Debate Pits Science Vs. Religion

Nov 26, 2008Sally Thornerwjz.com BALTIMORE (WJZ) ― A circumcision debate is pitting science against religion. It’s the same basic procedure whether it’s done in the hospital or the home. But as Sally Thorner explains, there is one major difference. Two babies–both newborn boys–are having very different experiences. Like 70% of males, they are circumcised, but their response is pitting science …

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Hospice Care: Making The Best Choice

November 27, 2008 6:00 AMSeacoastonline.com PORTSMOUTH — While most people have heard of hospice, few really know how it works. Fewer still know that every American is entitled to hospice benefits through Medicare. As a result, only a small minority of Americans have executed advance health-care directives. This means that when a loved one approaches the end of life, most …

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Back Pain In Cold And Flu Season

Nov. 25, 2008 Back this upJeff SchnauferPhilly.com Cold and flu season may be upon us, but that isn’t the only reason Americans end up on their backs, feeling miserable. “Low-back pain is the second most common reason for visits to a primary care physician, outnumbered only by the common cold,” says Dr. Karen Erickson, a chiropractor in New York City. …

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British Breasts Really Are A Pain In The Back

24 November 2008Response Source: – The independent resource for all journalistsicas Ltd (Publicasity) One thing that certainly won’t be on women’s Christmas wish list this year is bigger breasts. Contrary to popular belief, figures released today by figleaves.com and The British Chiropractic Association have revealed that a quarter of UK women would actually like to make their breasts smaller. The …

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