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One in Three Heart Attack Patients Have No Chest Pains

..Death Rates Higher for Those Without This Symptom. As many as one-third of patients never have chest pains prior to or during a heart attack, a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests. And for women, diabetics and others who belong to groups likely to have atypical heart attack symptoms, more than half may never have such pains. ....The report examined sympto...

Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients' Lives

According to some British researhers increasing doses of painkillers to ease the agony of terminally ill patients does not shorten their lives.Some health professionals have criticized the practice, comparing it to euthanasia, but doctors at St Christopher's Hospice in London claim patients receiving higher doses of drugs such as morphine live just as long as those who do not. .. .. ..In research...

Pancreatitis: Minimially Invasive Procedure Offers Long-Term Pain Relief

Many more patients with chronic pancreatitis can safely turn to a minimally invasive operation for long-term pain relief, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University physicians... ..Endoscopic therapy is an effective alternative to more invasive surgery or drugs, says Anthony N. Kalloo, MD, director of GI endoscopy at Hopkins and lead author of the study that appeared in the July 2000 i...

Fight Heart disease and Pain with Meditation

Latest research into transcendental meditation says it is possible to fight body pain and a host of risk factors of heart disease including high blood pressure and fatty deposition in blood vessels- atherosclerosis. The study indicates that transcendental meditation, practiced for 20 minutes twice a day, has a positive, measurable effect on the buildup of fatty deposits in arteries and also plays...

Not all tooth pain may have dental origins!!

The 58th annual session of the American Association of Endodontists in New Orleans, Louisiana, began with a warning from the scientific community. In a terse message, the dentists said that all toothache need not have dental origins and that toothache should not be ignored because it may be the early warning for more important problems. Especially in the third world countries, dental care and hyg...

Spirituality helps lessen arthritic pain

Dr. Francis J. Keefe of Duke University Medical School in Durham, North Carolina and colleagues have published a paper in April issue of the Journal of pain. Patients who use religion or spirituality to cope with the chronic pain of rheumatoid arthritis can reduce their pain and boost their sense of well being, the researchers say. ..Dr. Francis says, "One might expect that people coping with chr...

Pesticide impairs male reproductive function

According to the May issue of the journal Epidemiology, high levels of DDT found in some Mexican workers suggest that pesticide can impair male reproductive function. The human body metabolises DDT to DDE. An international team of researchers took blood samples from 24 men aged 16 to 28 who had not been exposed to DDT in their work. ..In these men the high DDE levels correlated to low levels of t...

Fight arthritic pain with acupuncture

Arthritic pain is one of the worst types of chronic pain. Many people are immobilized and crippled because of this painful condition. But now there’s good news for the long-suffering arthritic patients. ..Acupuncture, which is one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine, is supposed to have magical cures for those suffering from arthritis. ..A team led by Dr. Jeanette Ezzo, Washington,...

Acupuncture superseeds massage therapy for short term relief of pain

Chronic neck pain often remains a therapeutic challenge for many practising allopathic medicine. so now the alternative forms of medicine has taken its stride. Acupuncture vs massage for treating pain has been widely debated with some practitioners. ..Dr. Dominik Irnich of Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich has done a study on this basis and found that when it comes to chronic neck pain, acu...

Strong pain killers likely to cause miscarriage

An English expert says that certain over-the-counter pain killers should carry warnings that they can increase the risk of miscarriage. ....The comments follow a study by Danish reseacher Gunnar Lauge Nielsen and colleagues published in this week's British Medical Journal which studied the effect on women of taking strong non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like indomethacin (ibuprofen). ....Re...

The feel of pain

There are areas in the brain that deal specifically with the expectation of pain, as well as with the painful sensation itself, new research has shown.The finding not only explains why certain mind-based techniques can play a role in the management of chronic pain, but it may also lead to better anti-pain drugs.// ....In the research, published in today's Science, scientists from Oxford Universit...

Painter's problem

Men who are regularly exposed to moderate to high levels of organic solvents double their chances of having a low sperm count, according to a study published in the September issue in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. ....Professional printers, along with painters and decorators are at highest risk. The only factor common to all of the men found to have low sperm counts and low sperm acti...

Cannabis for pain

Cannabis extract gives powerful relief for chronic pain, and should be studied for future clinical use, a medical researcher has told a conference in Glasgow.....Dr William Notcutt of the James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth, England, said the cannabis extract used in his study - applied as a spray under the tongue - was remarkably effective in easing chronic pain. He announced the findings at...

Omega-3 fatty acids impair immunity

Taking large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may be unwise for those with weakened immunity...Researchers at the University of Missouri, Columbia, have been studying omega-3s for many years now and know that one of their effects is to damp down inflammation. That's why fish oils - rich in omega-3s - often benefit those with arthritis, a painful inflammatory condition of the joints. Yet the inflamm...

Heat therapy relieves back pain

Have you ever applied a hot water bottle to an aching back? Heat treatment has always proved effective in lower back ache. This treatment delivered with needlepoint accuracy leads to dramatic improvement of a certain common type of lower back pain. Heat is a long-established method of bringing relief in lower back pain. But now researchers at the Louieville Clinic in the US have developed a high-...

Bupropion relieves nerve pain

A new survey reveals that Bupropion is an effective treatment for neuropathic pain (nerve pain)...Neuropathic pain or nerve pain is commonly treated with tricyclic antidepressants(TCAs) But these drugs have side effects and don't always relieve the burning, stabbing and shooting sensations associated with nerve pain. ....Now researchers at the University of Texas have revealed that bupropion S...

Relief from common back pain

A NEW study conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association claims to put an end to the common low back and neck pain. A procedure called nucleoplasty performed by Dr. Chen MD directorof the Stanford Interventional Centre// and an assitant professor of functional restoration, stanford promises to provide relief./Nucleoplasty was designed to treat herniated disk, a condition in which the so...

Foremost gene therapy for chest pain

Based on a study on angina patients, it was found that transferring growth factor genes into the heart is safe and improves exercise tolerance.// In angina, the blood supply to the heart is limited, leading to pain on exertion. Initially the body tries to compensate by growing new blood vessels to bypass the restricted area. But, for some unknown reason, this process, known as angiogenesis, soon...

Pain Killers Keep the Virus Away

You take aspirin for pains and to prevent heart attacks, but the little white pill may also help keep your immune system strong. A new study says aspirin and related painkillers may block the replication of a common// virus linked to potentially deadly infections in people with AIDS and other immune disorders. ....The presence of the microbe, called human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), in cells is acco...

Treating eye pain eases migraine

Handling inflammation of a tendon in the eye socket may help stop a migraine attack. Some people with migraine have pain around the eye socket just before an attack starts.// The pain is due to inflammation of the trochlea tendon in the eye socket, a condition known as trochleitis. A new study suggests that treating this may be all that's needed to relieve the migraine itself. ....According to r...

Campaign aims to simplify OTC drug labels

Americans buy about five billion over-the-counter drugs each year to treat routine health problems. The number has increased as more and more drugs have made the switch from prescription to over-the-counter status. But many Americans, particularly senior citizens, misuse over-the-counter drugs because the lettering is too small. Consumers have also complained that words like "indications," and "p...

Drug dilemma confronts users of painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration announced that Vioxx - Merck's blockbuster painkiller, would include new information on its label. The FDA said that Merck can claim that Vioxx has fewer gastrointestinal complications// than one older non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, naproxen. But the FDA also decided that the Vioxx label must mention that it might be linked to an increased risk of heart att...

Painkiller Linked to Deaths

OxyContin is a controlled substance in the United States and is prescribed as a long-term painkiller for cancer patients and others. The pill is designed to slowly release its active ingredient, oxycodone, to control the dosage of the powerful narcotic.// But if the pill is chewed or crushed and sniffed, it gives a stronger dose--providing a high that can be addictive and dangerous. ....The contr...

Clotting Protein plays a role in nerve repair

According to a new study, fibrin, a protein that helps form blood clots, may also be involved in regulating the repair of nerve damage. The discovery could lead to new strategies for repairing diseases of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, although the research is still on the basic science level.// ....In multiple sclerosis, the slow destruction of myelin--the thin, protective coat...

Healing a painful neck

Manual therapy has been quite popular in recent years. But this therapy has been recognized and mastered since decades. The best way to cure that pain in your neck may be a treatment known as manual therapy. Researchers felt that this form of therapy is comparatively better to exercise therapy or treatment// with pain medications counseling and education. ....Neck pain is a common problem, affect...

Heart may pull Cells from Body to Self-repair

According to researchers, after analysis of cells in men with transplanted hearts from female donors, the proof is the piling up that the heart may be able toregenerate itself at least somewhat by recruiting cells from elsewhere in the body.// Traditionally, it was thought that once cells were damaged or dead, they could not be replaced or repaired by the heart. ....By looking at the Y chromosome...

Blocking Pain Found To Slow Down The Healing Process

Researchers say standard post-operative pain medications widely prescribed for rotator cuff surgery may actually delay healing .// ..The rotator cuff is composed of the muscles and tendons that surround the top of the upper arm bone and hold it to the shoulder joint. The research involved 180 rats that received acute rotator cuff repair surgery. One-third of the rats were treated with indomethac...

Debra Winger Wants Indians Abroad To Help Visually Impaired

Debra Winger, the Hollywood actress who is promoting eye care will be approaching Indians living abroad to help the visually impaired people living in India. Even though the country has a very high number// of visually impaired people, 80% of them can be cured, according to Debra Winger. ....Winger, who at the age of 17 met with an accident that left her temporarily blind, but she came out of it...

Support for patients with Leg Pain

According to a new study, it is found that antioxidant treatment improves circulation and reduces pain in patients with peripheral artery disease. Peripheral artery disease is a narrowing of the arteries that supply the legs with blood.// It affects an estimated 5 million to 10 million people in the United States alone. While the disease can have no symptoms, one of the major signs of the condit...

Apollo inaugurates centre for back and neck pain

Apollo Hospitals recently launched a one crore documentation based care (DBC) centre project in Chennai for back and neck pain management, claimed to be the first of its kind in the country. Dr Pratap Reddy, //chairman of Apollo Hospitals told the press that DBC, a revolutionary concept resulting from over 25 years of international research, is patented by the noted specialist Dr Simo Taimela of...

Relief of pain for suffering patients

A medical ethics group in Canada is trying to clarify the guidelines for giving dying patients pain relief. Most people dread the prospect of dying in pain, more than death itself. //But sometimes doctors hesitate to give the amount of painkiller needed for fear of accelerating the patient's death. They worry that they could be accused of euthanasia and so a patient may suffer unnecessarily. .....

Back pain treated with Opioids

Researchers at the University of Dallas have observed that Opioid analgesics should be considered before opting for surgery in severe chronic back pain. The opioid analgesics, such as morphine, fentanyl and oxycodone,// are strong pain-relievers most often used to relieve cancer pain. But a review of the evidence suggests they may also have a role in relieving chronic back pain. ....Doctors hav...

Identifying brain lesions with impaired consciousness

According to a new study it is indicative that systolic blood pressure is a good indicator for diagnosing brain lesions in patients with impaired consciousness. This means doctors may now have a better way// to estimate patients, as opposed to using expensive and time-consuming imaging technology. ....Researchers studied the vital signs of 450 patients who were admitted to an emergency room with...

Fructose may cause uninterpreted abdominal pain

According to the latest study done by the researchers of University of Kansas it is observed that poorly absorbed fructose may be the cause if you have abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea.// Often people suffer from bowel symptoms like bloating, gas, rumbling, and diarrhea and no obvious reason can be found. They have found out that a high proportion of healthy people with these symptoms may be unab...

Pain relieved by ionized bracelets

Ionized bracelets appear to be no better than a placebo when it comes to the relief of aches and pains. ..According to a new study by doctors at the Mayo Clinic, the majority of people with muscle or joint pain are hopeful that the problem could be relieved// by ionized bracelets. So the researchers divided the participants into two groups - one of which was given an ionized bracelet, while the o...

Smoking impairs protective reflex in throat

Researchers at the Medical college of Wisconsin have recently shown that smoking leads to damage of the protective reflexes in the throat area. A one-way valve keeps stomach acid from flowing back into the hroat and smoking causes damage to the// pharyngoglottal closure reflex, which closes off the vocal chords if fluid enters the area, a condition known as reflex disease. ....Ten smokers and ten...

Canine Painkiller unveiled by Novartis

Novartis received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to begin marketing Deramaxx, a canine painkiller, which will be used to relieve post-operative pain in dogs. This drug being produced by a Novartis facility at Puerto Rico //is the result of a development project undertaken by Novartis Animal Health that was run for several years at veterinary clinics, colleges and its manufacturing...

Spine Surgeries becoming less painful

The number of people suffering from spine problems is on the rise; the most common of them being a herniated disc and spinal canal stenosis. Herniated disc is more common in the age group of 25 to 35 years while spinal canal stenosis is common among// older people. Hitherto, both these disorders were treated through conventional spine surgeries which required an incision of about 12cms to be made...

Bone marrow stem cells may help repair cardiac tissues

Two new studies, though small, have boosted confidence in a method used to repair cardiac tissues damaged by a heart attack. Researchers have found that stem cells derived from bone marrow which is much less controversial than embryo cells// helps patients who have had a heart attack and had undergone conventional bypass therapy. ....Doctors in eastern Germany found that when patients who had a h...

Something to relieve the pain in your neck!

Many jobs, which involve looking up for a long time, like painting, plumbing, etc. could be a pain in the neck, literally. However, a new product called Necprotech developed by a New Zealand inventor Darrell Poole could help// reduce neck strain by a third. ....The product was developed by Darrell Poole who makes clinging to a rock wall look easy, but a slip five years ago could have cost him his...
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