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Washington State Sued Over Pain Medication Guidelines

June 25, 2008 9:19 p.m. PT Advocacy group sues state over guidelines for pain medicationsBy DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIPTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS A pain treatment advocacy group filed suit Wednesday in federal court challenging restrictions Washington state officials have put on prescription pain medication. The nonprofit Pain Relief Network says that the guidelines for prescribing narcotics, written by the state Department of …

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Shoe Insoles Relieve Back Pain… Not!

Claims that shoe insoles relieve back pain are unsupported Cushioned shoe inserts may give a break to tired feet, but they aren’t likely to relieve back pain, experts say. By Chris Woolston, Special to The Los Angeles Times June 30, 2008 …The claims: In a current TV ad for Dr. Scholl’s Back Pain Relief insoles, a grimacing man hobbles into …

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New Experimental Drug Telcagepant Significantly Improves Migraine With Fewer Side Effects

Merck’s Investigational Migraine Treatment Telcagepant Improved Pain and Migraine-Associated Symptoms in Phase III Study Oral CGRP Receptor Antagonist Provided Similar Migraine Relief with Fewer Adverse Events Compared to Zolmitriptan BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Merck & Co., Inc. today announced that, in a Phase III clinical trial, telcagepant (formerly MK-0974), its investigational oral calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist, significantly improved relief of migraine …

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Magnetic Stimulation Blocks Migraine Pain

Fri Jun 27, 2008 NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A hand-held device that painlessly sends a magnetic pulse into the head may offer some migraine sufferers relief, a small study suggests. The device delivers a therapy known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS. It sparks a magnetic pulse that, when held against a person’s head, creates an electric current among …

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Ten IT Health Risks

10 IT health risks — and how to combat them TechRepublicJune 25th, 2008Author: Suzanne Thornberry IT might not appear to be a high-risk field, but a surprising number of ailments can plague IT pros in all job roles. Here are some of the most prevalent health concerns. Everybody seems to understand that movers and construction workers can have serious back …

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Fortune 500s Waste $500 Million a Year on Unnecessary Back Surgeries

Consumer Medical ResourceJune 24, 2008 Fortune 500s Waste Over $500 Million a Year on Unnecessary Back Surgeries for Workers Over $1.5 Billion Lost in Worker Productivity Says Two-Year Findings PEMBROKE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fortune 500s spend over $500 million a year on avoidable back surgeries for their workers and lose as much as $1.5 billion in indirect costs associated with these procedures …

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Congress Passes Pain Care Legislation for Armed Forces and Veterans

Recent congressinal progress on a number of pieces of legislation will help service veterans and the active armed forces better manage the challenges of chronic pain. “These bills will advance the cause for all pain patients by focusing much needed attention on our active military and our veterans about the seriousness of chronic pain,” said Scott M. Fishman, M.D., Professor …

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New Drug Seeks to Deter Prescription Drug Abuse

King Pharmaceuticals Gets Positive Initial Results On New DrugBy Gary GrayReporter / Bristol Herald CourierPublished: June 22, 2008 BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Pharmaceuticals and Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced last week positive results from the study of a new medication aimed at deterring prescription drug abuse. King, and Palatine, Ill.- based Acura, plan to submit a new drug application to the …

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Complicated World of Narcotic Prescribing

This editorial spoken in the words of a patient presents a balanced discussion on some of the complicated issues surrounding narcotic prescribing. The exact percentage of the population that is addicted to drugs is debatable. The “2 percent” quoted in this article is likely low if alcohol is included. Nevertheless, narcotic pain control is a constant balancing act that requires …

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