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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Do Women Get Too Much or Too Little Pain Medication?

A new study found that women are significantly more likely than men to be prescribed pain medication, regardless of age or socioeconomic status. You may not be surprised. Women worldwide have pain more often than men, "so it's logical that they are prescribed more analgesics,"...

Health Innovation: Sublingual Pill for Post-Surgical Pain

In this occasional series, PR looks at companies, organizations, and individuals doing groundbreaking work that aims to help pain patients live more and hurt less.  BloombergBusinessWeek recently reported that shares of specialty drugmaker AcelRx Pharmaceuticals had hit an all-time high once Wall Street heard that...

Study: NSAIDs Raise Risk of Heart Problems

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High doses of these common painkillers double the risk of heart failure, finds a new study. As every pain patient knows, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs--better known as NSAIDs--are the backbone of pain relief. So any risks associated with these very common drugs--which include ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac,...

Cellphones for soldiers

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In honor of Memorial Day, help give soldiers stationed far away the freedom to call homeThe messages to Cell Phones for Soldiers say it all:   I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for this incredible service you have created for us...

Don’t Fry Day shines a light on skin cancer prevention

Common sense makes all the difference when it comes to protecting yourself and your familyBy Lisa DavisAs the Memorial Day weekend kicks off a summer in the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention wants to help people avoid skin cancers both common...

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: A Profile in Bringing Awareness

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Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, was observed on May 12. If you don't know much about this common and often devastating condition, the association describes fibromyalgia as a condition characterized by pain throughout the body. It affects...

Are you caring for a senior who lives with pain?

Tips for caregivers By Lisa DavisMany older adults live with pain, which can be acute (intense but short-lived) or chronic (lasting six weeks or more). Caregivers helping seniors manage pain can do a number of things to help them live fully despite their condition.First,...

Jeanine’s joints

By Margaret Jaworski Photo Courtesy of Jeanine Yutani: Jeanine Yutani (far right) with fellow riders Justin Baker and Laurie MillerThree years running, Jeanine Yutani biked from San Francisco to Los Angeles, one of 200 participants in the annual California Coastal Classic fundraiser for the Arthritis...

Pain-free gardening tips

Planting your flower bed doesn't have to be a pain By Lisa DavisSpring is here, and that means blooming flowers, budding trees, and the beginning of this year's gardening season. But planting your flower bed doesn't have to be a pain. If you're a green...

Here’s What You Need to Know About Obamacare

If you're one of the people still confused about the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare you've got plenty of company. The April 2013 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll found that roughly half of Americans say they "do not have enough information about the...

Painkillers for Back Pain Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

By Margaret JaworskiRegular use of opiod prescription painkillers is associated with a higher risk of erectile dysfunction (ED) in men, according to a study published on May 15, 2013 in the journal Spine.Looking at the electronic medical records of 11,327 men diagnosed with back...

Bacteria and back pain: Can antibiotics alleviate the pain?

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The causes of lower back pain are varied, sometimes vague and often complex. And according to two studies published in the European Spine Journal, in as many as 40% of cases of persistent lower back pain, the condition may be caused or exacerbated by...

Help for Post-Stroke Pain Syndrome

After a stroke, some patients develop chronic, debilitating pain. Identifying it is the first step toward treating it.About 10% of patients who suffer a stroke develop central post-stroke pain syndrome (CPSP). Typically described as a sharp, stabbing, or burning sensation, the pain can manifest...

Make Mother’s Day the start of Mom Health Week”

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It's Your Time, Mom!Help mom celebrate and take care of her health by connecting her to National Women's Health Week, a weeklong health observance that kicks off on Mother's Day and runs through May 18.It's a great gift to help empower women (and especially...

Pill Disposal Alert: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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On April 27, almost 743,000 pounds of prescription medications were collected from the public at more than 5,800 locations staffed by state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies in partnership with the federal government. The event, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, is an initiative...

Study: Multiple Sclerosis More Common in Black Women than White Women

A new study disputes the common belief that blacks have a lower risk of developing MS.The incidence of multiple sclerosis is higher in black women than in white women, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today in the journal Neurology. The findings...

Oil for Joints Offers Hope for Osteoarthritis Sufferers

A team of researchers has developed a synthetic injectable joint lubricant that, they say, could bring longer lasting relief to millions of osteoarthritis sufferers.Affecting about 27 million Americans and 200 million people worldwide, osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive disease caused by the degeneration of...

Study: Funding, Access to Care Needed for Rheumatoid Arthritis

The nonprofit Rheumatoid Patient Foundation recently released a white paper on the results of a survey of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, "Unmasking Rheumatoid Disease: The Patient Experience of Rheumatoid Arthritis." RA activist Kelly Young founded RPF in 2011 to improve education and access to...