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Knee Arthritis: Steroid Shots May Not Help Long-Term, Ozone Injections Promising

November 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of aging Americans are plagued by arthritic knees, and two new studies offer insight into what might — or might not — help curb the condition.
Both studies were presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting in San Francisco.
One study found that a popular […]

Weight-Loss Surgery Often Brings Less Painful Joints: Study

November 4, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Aching knee and hip joints may hurt less after successful weight-loss surgery, a new study suggests.
“In particular, walking is easier, which impacts patients’ ability to adopt a more physically active lifestyle,” lead researcher Wendy King said in a news release from the ObesityWeek meeting.
Weight-loss surgery isn’t a […]

Here Are the Two Alternative Therapies That Actually Work for Neck Pain

November 3, 2015

Two alternative therapies — acupuncture and the Alexander technique — appear equally beneficial for the long-term relief of chronic neck pain, new research reports.

Ex-NFL Star Helps Spread the Word on Risks Posed by Painkillers

October 30, 2015

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — During his 12 seasons as a fullback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 6-foot-1, 250-pound Mike Alstott was known as “The A-Train” — a punishing runner and blocker and fan favorite.
From 1996 to 2007, Alstott racked up an impressive National Football League resume: 5,088 yards rushing; […]

Why More Painkiller Addicts Are Using Heroin, Too

October 28, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Addicts who have moved from narcotic painkillers to heroin are helping researchers understand this deadly tradeoff.
Looking for clues driving concurrent painkiller and heroin abuse, researchers conducted online interviews with 267 addiction patients. This group was culled from more than 15,000 addicts entering drug treatment centers […]

Narcotic Painkiller Use in Adolescence May Raise Risk of Adult Addiction

October 28, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Teens who are given prescription narcotic painkillers may run a higher risk of abusing narcotics after high school, a new study suggests.
Researchers said teen painkiller use was associated with a 33 percent increased risk of later abuse. And it was seen mostly among those with […]

Brain Chemistry May Change to Cope With Pain

October 23, 2015

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Brain chemistry may change to help people tolerate arthritis pain, a small study suggests.
Researchers applied heat to the skin of 17 people with arthritis and nine people without the disease, and found that the more opiate receptors in the brain, the higher a person’s ability to withstand pain. […]

Knee Replacement Brings Less Pain, Better Function

October 21, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Total knee replacement usually results in greater pain relief and better joint function after a year than nonsurgical arthritis treatment, researchers report.
But baby boomers shouldn’t automatically rule out physical therapy for moderate to severe knee arthritis, the authors of the new study said.
“There […]

Obama Administration Takes Aim at Epidemic of Heroin, Painkiller Abuse

October 21, 2015

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday will announce a major new initiative aimed at fighting the ongoing epidemic of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse.
Dozens of major medical groups, leading pharmacy chains, law enforcement agencies, media outlets and anti-drug groups will take part in the nationwide effort, […]

Prescription Naproxen as Good as Narcotic Painkillers for Low Back Pain: Study

October 20, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Oct. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Naproxen — a drug available over-the-counter and by prescription — appears to provide as much relief for low back pain as a narcotic painkiller or a muscle relaxant, a new study suggests.
The study compared the use of prescription-strength naproxen (Naprosyn) alone to the use […]


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