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New Dietary Advice From Government: Just Eat Less

The New York TimesJanuary 31, 2011By ANDREW MARTIN The latest nutrition guidelines released Monday by the federal government reiterate much of the advice from previous years: eat less salt and saturated fats, eat more fruits and vegetables and whole grains. But there is a startling difference. This time, the government suggests that Americans also just eat less. More specifically, the …

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F.D.A. Plans New Limits on Painkillers

By GARDINER HARRISPublished: January 13, 2011New York Times WASHINGTON — The government announced Thursday that it would sharply restrict some of the nation’s most popular prescription painkillers, saying they cause many patients to poison themselves with overdoses of the drug acetaminophen. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration fell short of the ban on pills like Percocet and Vicodin …

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Surprising Find May Yield New Avenue Of Treatment For Painful Herniated Discs

July 1, 2010www.medicalnewstoday.com An immune cell known to cause chronic inflammation in autoimmune disorders has been identified as a possible culprit in low back pain associated with herniated discs, according to doctors at Duke University Medical Center. The finding implicates the cytokine molecule interleukin-17, and supports the burgeoning theory that an immune response plays a significant role in disc disease, …

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Pain Management Of Endometriosis: Conservative Approach Is First-Line Treatment

December 23, 2010www.medicalnewstoday.com Ob-gyns recommend conservative nonsurgical treatment approaches for treating women with endometriosis-associated pain followed by more invasive procedures if these fail to alleviate pain, according to a newly updated Practice Bulletin published in the July issue of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ journal, Obstetrics & Gynecology. The Practice Bulletin “Management of Endometriosis” includes the latest recommendations …

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Moving: No Pain, Much Gain – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

June 3, 2010www.medicalnewstoday.com Whether moving to a new home or packing up for the semester, the physical intensity of moving can be extreme. Packing boxes, moving heavy furniture, emptying overhead cabinets — all come with some risk for injury, especially to your back. Back pain is one of the most common reasons for Americans visit their doctors. According to the …

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Exercise Appears To Reduce Cellular Aging Caused By Stress

May 27, 2010www.medicalnewstoday.com Researchers in the US found that brief vigorous exercise can reduce cellular aging by preventing the shortening of telomeres due to stress. You can read about the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study in a paper published online in the open access journal PLoS ONE on 26 May. Co-lead investigator, Dr Elissa Epel, an associate professor …

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Prevention And Non-Surgical Treatment Effective For Most People Suffering From Low Back Pain Says The AANS

April 5, 2010www.medicalnewstoday.com Back and neck problems can be caused by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, injury, strain or osteoarthritis. “Although more than 75 percent of Americans will experience some back pain during their lifetime, about 90 percent of cases are resolved without surgery,” stated John K. Ratliff, MD, FACS, a Philadelphia spine surgeon and American Association of Neurological Surgeons …

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Daily Ginger Consumption Found To Ease Muscle Pain

May 20, 2010www.medicalnewstoday.com For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise…more PainCareMD

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X-ray Guided Steroid Injections Effectively Treat Hamstring Tendonitis, Study Suggests

May 6, 2010www.medicalnewstoday.com Fluoroscopic (X-ray) guided steroid injections offer a safe and effective alternative to the conventional treatment of hamstring tendonitis, according to a study to be presented at the ARRS 2010 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Conventional treatment includes rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy. Hamstring tendonitis refers to inflammation (pain, swelling, warmth, redness, and dysfunction) in one …

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Video Games Prove Helpful As Pain Relievers In Children And Adults

May 9, 2010www.medicalnewstoday.com When children and adults with acute and chronic pain become immersed in video game action, they receive some analgesic benefit, and pain researchers presenting at the American Pain Society’s annual scientific meeting reported that virtual reality is proving to be effective in reducing anxiety and acute pain caused by painful medical procedures and could be useful for …

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