A study recently published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that myofascial release therapy significantly improved many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia including pain, sleep quality, anxiety and quality of life. Myofascial release therapy (MRT) is a type of massage that applies very gentle sustained pressure to various parts of the body in order to release fascial restrictions. Study Design Fibromyalgia patients were divided into two groups. The experimental group, consisting of 30 individuals, received 90-minute MRT sessions once a week for 20 weeks. The control group of 29 individuals received a weekly 30-minute session of disconnected magnetotherapy for 20 weeks. (Patients in the control group did not know they were receiving a sham therapy.) The following instruments were used to measure symptom severity:
Pain – Visual Analog Scale
Anxiety – State-Trait Anxiety Inventory
Depression – Be...
Earlier this month, the FDA's Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee overwhelmingly voted against recommending approval of Zohydro ER, an extended-release version of hydrocodone. If approved, Zohydro ER would have been the first hydrocodone medication available that did not also contain a non-opioid analgesic such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
While the FDA does not have to follow the recommendation of its advisory committee, it usually does. The final determination is expected to be made by March 1, 2013.
Despite the fact that Zohydro ER was studied in nearly 1,500 patients––some for as long as a year––and found to be generally safe and well-tolerated with no new or unexpected safety problems, panel members expressed concerns with potential abuse, addiction and long-term safety.
It was noted that the manufacturer didn't offer any solution as to how they would limit unintended use other than the already tight distributio...
In order to understand how pregnancies occur in the first place, you'll need to learn a little about your menstrual cycle, hormones and ovulation (release of the egg). As you'll see, it's not very complicated. What is a Menstrual Cycle? Simply put, it's the preparation a woman's body makes for pregnancy every month. It's called a cycle because the same hormonal and physical events occur in sequence each time to prepare an egg for fertilization. The average length of a menstrual cycle is 28 days; however, it can be up to a week shorter or longer and still be normal. Let's take a closer look at menstrual cycles: When a girl reaches about the age of 12, her body has already gone through many changes internally and externally. Menstrual cycles are a final step in puberty and signal the beginning of her ability to bear children. Her brain, ovaries and uterus have established a working relationship to produce an egg each month and a place for it to grow, if it...
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