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  • Antibiotics could cure 40pc of chronic back pain patients

    05/08/2013 5:59:24 PM PDT · by djf · 52 replies
    The radical findings follow years of debate about the cause of such discomfort and the best way to treat it. One leading neurosurgeon said the finding was a “turning point” so important that the researchers behind it deserved a Nobel prize. But infection experts cautioned against widespread long-term prescribing of antibiotics, which could increase drug resistance across the population, triggering a rise in superbugs. Around five million people in Britain will suffer chronic back pain at some point in their lives, and the cause is often not clear.
  • McCain’s revenge

    10/31/2008 12:46:12 PM PDT · by flyfree · 47 replies · 1,752+ views
    Erica Jong: “Yesterday, Jane Fonda sent me an email to tell me that she cried all night and can’t cure her ailing back for all the stress that has reduces her to a bundle of nerves.” Ah, the most entertaining presidential race in my adult life just became more amusing as our “Fear of Flying” feminist gives an expatriate interview to Corriere della Sera, an Italian newspaper. Jong is worried that Republican John McCain will win. So are all her friends. Hanoi Jane is waking in the middle of the night to cold sweats? Well, she is well past menopause...
  • World's first 'spinal transplant' carried out

    03/22/2007 6:42:15 PM PDT · by Jean S · 11 replies · 368+ views
    Daily Mail - UK ^ | 3/22/07 | JENNY HOPE
    Victims of chronic back pain were offered fresh hope with news of successful 'spinal transplant' surgery. Spinal discs from accident victims were transplanted into patients with disc degeneration in the cervical spine, the area nearest the neck. All reported improvements in their mobility and a reduction in symptoms such as weakness of the legs and bladder. A report in The Lancet says the pioneering treatment, carried out in China, offers hope for thousands of sufferers of severe disc problems, particularly young people. They often cannot be helped by existing treatments such as spinal fusion - which surgically joins bones in...
  • Stem cell trial may bring end of back pain for millions

    11/30/2006 7:57:54 AM PST · by Mrs Ivan · 18 replies · 1,028+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 30th November 2006
    A radical new treatment could bring relief to millions of back pain sufferers, scientists said today. A team at the University of Manchester has developed a stem cell cure that could totally regenerate damaged tissues. Low back pain affects up to 80 per cent of the population at some point, and in many cases becomes persistent, eventually leading to debilitating pain. It is usually caused by the degeneration of the tissue between the discs in the back, which becomes dry and no longer able to support the body. Current treatments rely on strong painkillers or risky surgery, and aim to...
  • FDA approves implant for spinal pain

    11/22/2005 9:02:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies · 2,001+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | November 22, 2005 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON -- People who suffer from a spinal problem that can cause back and leg pain have an alternative to difficult surgery with a newly approved device that requires a much less invasive procedure to implant. The Food and Drug Administration authorized use of the "X-stop" - a thumb of titanium on a mount that fits to a vertebra in the lower back - to reduces pain from lumbar spinal stenosis. The FDA's approval was announced Tuesday by the St. Mary's Spine Center in San Francisco, which developed the device. The condition is the most common cause of back surgery...
  • `Idol' expose may become Paula Abdul's swan song

    05/03/2005 5:41:55 AM PDT · by BigSkyFreeper · 30 replies · 1,965+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | May 3, 2005 | Boston Herald Inside Track
    Speculation mounted yesterday that ``American Idol'' judge Paula Abdul may be voted off the hit reality show after ABC airs a damning investigation tomorrow night. Abdul, who has been under fire for erratic on-air behavior, may voluntarily vacate the judge's podium after ``Primetime Live'' airs answering-machine messages she left for a 24-year-old contestant. The Drudge Report says Abdul personally coached the contestant and then tried to cover it up. Speculation surrounds Corey Clark, who was run off the show last season after it was revealed he assaulted his teenage sister. Clark is peddling a tell-all biography in which he claims...
  • A Fit Kerry Dogged by Medical Questions

    03/29/2004 9:04:53 AM PST · by solicitor77 · 30 replies · 254+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 29, 2004 | Jim VandeHei
    ST. LOUIS, March 28 -- Sen. John F. Kerry, by most measures an unusually fit 60-year-old, has spent key parts of his presidential campaign battling ailments ranging from prostate cancer to a stubborn cough and cold. Kerry frequently complains to reporters of a stiff right shoulder or allergies that leave his voice raspy and sore. For much of this year, Kerry has curtailed speaking and sipped hot lemon tea to nurse a voice strained by hacking and yakking. In mid-February, he described the ailment to reporters as a "chest thing" and griped about its persistence. On Wednesday, Kerry will undergo...
  • Study: Don't Avoid Opioids to Treat Back Pain

    10/12/2003 7:34:05 PM PDT · by AlwaysLurking · 129 replies · 1,883+ views
    WMUR-TV ^ | March 14, 2003 | By Holly VanScoy
    Study: Don't Avoid Opioids to Treat Back Pain By Holly VanScoy HealthScoutNews Reporter (HealthScoutNews) -- Doctors and pharmacists tend to avoid prescribing them, patients are afraid of becoming addicted to them, and government officials are concerned about their abuse. It's little wonder that opioids have acquired something of an unsavory reputation in medicine. But is it all deserved? A new study suggests it's a mistake to ignore the potential value of these powerful pain relievers for chronic conditions, including musculoskeletal pain and lower back pain. There's evidence that opioids such as morphine, oxycodone, and fentanyl can help and should be...
  • Back pain leading health complaint among students

    04/10/2002 12:22:48 PM PDT · by diotima · 4 replies · 167+ views
    USC: The Daily Trojan ^ | 4/10/02 | SCOTT MARTINDALE
    Beating out every health problem from depression to allergies, back pain ranks at the top of student-reported health complaints, according to the latest data from the Student Health Center. Forty-five percent of the 510 students surveyed said they had experienced back pain within the last school year. Experts attribute back pain in the college years primarily to prolonged immobility and incorrect posture. "It's cool just to slouch," said Eric Lim, a freshman majoring in computer science. "You don't want to be all uptight." Poorly designed seating in USC lecture halls, classrooms and computer workstations also contributes to back pain among...