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Osteoarthritis, Weight Loss, knee

Moderate Weight Loss Helps Reduce Risk of Osteoarthritis in the Knee, Maintaining Weight Provides No Benefit

People who are overweight and lose just 5 percent of their weight reduce their risk of osteoarthritis of the knee, while maintaining weight has little benefit, a study from the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine shows.

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diclofenac, pain, Children, Joseph Standing, Nsaids, Surgery

Drug Deemed Safe, Effective for Post-Surgical Pain in Children

A new review from Sweden finds that diclofenac -- a medication that works for some adults -- relieves acute pain in children after surgery. However, a U.S. researcher is not convinced that the drug is an improvement over standard treatment.

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Peripheral Neuropathy, pain, Topical Drugs, Capsaicin

Could the Hot Stuff in Chili Peppers Ease Your Tingling Nerve Pain?

A new review suggests, although not strongly, that four of 10 people patients with peripheral neuropathies experience some pain relief from topical capsaicin cream. Capsaicin is the active component of chili peppers.

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Anesthesia, Anesthesiologist, Propofol, Scheduling, Endoscopic, Sedation, Abuse, Death, Anesthesiology

American Society of Anesthesiologists Highlights New Recommendations for Responsible Use of Propofol

UPDATED WEBINAR LOGIN INFORMATION Attend a special press event at the 2009 ASA Annual Meeting discussing: 1) ASA’s position on responsible use of propofol; 2) ASA’s position on whether scheduling the medication would help curb abuse; 3) ASA’s proposed increases in patient monitoring techniques during specific endoscopic procedures in remote locations.

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nerve conduction studies, lumbosacral radiculopath, Leg Pain, False Positive

Automation Is No Substitute for Accuracy in Nerve Conduction Studies

To the patient, automated nerve conduction studies (NCSs) may sound appealing because they are less invasive than needle electromyography (EMG). To the physician with no formal electrodiagnostic (EDX) training, the ability to perform an automated test in their office is convenient for patients and may generate additional revenue for their practice.

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Osteoarthritis Pain, Opioids

Opioids for Osteoarthritis: Problems Far Outweigh Benefits

Should you take opioid drugs for hip and knee pain caused by osteoarthritis? Probably not, suggests a new review of the best research on the subject.

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meniscus transplant, Arthritis, Knee Pain

Meniscus Transplant Can Ease Suffering of Painful Knee

A meniscus transplant, a rarely performed arthroscopic procedure, might help delay the onset of arthritis and relieve knee pain for young, active people.

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Headache, Migraine, Chronic Migraine

The Headache Center Concept: Moving Beyond a Pill or an Ice Pack

Todd Rozen knows you can’t just “pop a pill and deal with it.” He’s suffered from chronic migraines for more than three decades and it’s his fascination with understanding and treating this chronic condition – and the diminished quality of life that accompanies it – that led him to become a headache specialist, a relatively rare and emerging breed of doctor in America. Dr. Rozen, who knows first-hand the devastating effects of headaches, is the director of the new Geisinger Headache Center located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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Back Pain, Sciatica, Steroid Injections, Epidural, Pain Relief, EMG, Electromyography

Taking the Guess Work Out of Predicting Pain Relief for Patients with Back Pain and Sciatica

Patients suffering from back pain, sciatica, or a herniated disc, sometimes find relief with epidural steroid injections (ESI). Recent research has found that needle electromyography (EMG) can reliably predict, among other factors, the patient’s potential pain relief from these injections.

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Chronic Pain, Pain Medication, Alchohol

Study Assesses Alcohol Use by Pain Patients

Clinicians treating patients with chronic pain must assess their alcohol use and, if necessary, provide counseling regarding problems associated with mixing alcohol and pain medications, according to a study published in The Journal of Pain, the peer review publication of the American Pain Society.







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