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Two biomarkers that contribute to spine osteoarthritis

Source: Science Daily

A research team has discovered a pair of tissue biomarkers that directly contribute to the harmful joint degeneration associated with spine osteoarthritis.

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Cancer patients not getting adequate pain relief

Source: Science Daily

Many terminal cancer patients are not getting adequate pain relief early enough, according to an English study. The researchers found that, on average, terminal cancer patients were given their first dose of a strong opioid such as morphine just nine weeks before their death.

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Swimming is an effective part of the treatment for fibromyalgia, study suggests

Source: Science Daily

Swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia

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Nondrug approaches effective for treatment of common pain conditions, review suggests

Source: Science Daily

Data from a review of US-based clinical trials suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches — such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture — appear to be effective tools for helping to manage common pain conditions.

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Potential new target for treatment of spinal muscular atrophy discovered

Source: Medical Xpress

For the first time, scientists found that in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the affected nerve cells that control muscle movement, or motor neurons, have defects in their mitochondria, which generate energy used by the cell. Impaired mitochondrial function and structure in motor neurons were discovered before symptoms occurred, suggesting a role in disease development. These findings, published in Human Molecular Genetics, point to new possibilities for targeted therapy for SMA.

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Spiritual meditation plus medication: Best medicine for migraines?

Source: Science Daily

New research examines whether or not, and to what extent, a combination of spiritual meditation and migraine medication affects analgesic medication usage.

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Clinical trial offers hope to restore limb function in man with complete cervical spinal cord injury

Source: Medical Xpress

Physicians at Rush University Medical Center became the first in Illinois to inject AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells), an experimental treatment, into the damaged cervical spine of a recently paralyzed man as part of a multicenter clinical trial.

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Acetaminophen not associated with worse asthma in kids

Source:Science Daily

Children with mild, persistent asthma did not have worse asthma symptoms after taking acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) for pain or fever, compared to using ibuprofen (e.g., Advil), according to the results of a randomized, double-blind clinical trial.

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