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Posted 19 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2017 – Back pain is common but not inevitable, an orthopedist says. Roughly eight out of 10 people will suffer significant back pain at least once in their lifetime – but there are ways to reduce the risk, said Dr. Mark Knaub of Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Muscle, ligament or tendon strains (soft tissue injuries) are the most common causes of back pain. These injuries can occur from falls or activities involving lifting, twisting or bending, said Knaub, chief of the medical center's adult orthopedic spine service. When pain strikes, you can ease it with anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants. And physical therapy can reduce the risk of back pain becoming chronic, he suggested. "Physical therapy can give you techniques to lessen your symptoms in the short term, and get you back to being active and mobile," Knaub said in a Penn State news release. "In ... Read more
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Posted 16 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 – Bridion (sugammadex) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reverse the effects of medications that are used to paralyze the vocal chords during certain surgical procedures. Rocuronium bromide and vecuronium bromide are prescribed when surgeons use an artificial airway or breathing tube, a process called tracheal intubation, the FDA said Tuesday in a news release. These so-called "neuromuscular blocking drugs" also may be used to prevent a person receiving general anesthesia from moving during surgery, or to prevent a person from breathing automatically while on a ventilator, the FDA added. In clinical studies involving more than 450 people, Bridion was evaluated in reversing the effects of these drugs. Most people who received Bridion recovered within 5 minutes of its use, the FDA said. However, the agency warned of the possibility of ... Read more