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Researchers test first drug to prevent the onset of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is a very common side-effect of chemotherapy and may eventually lead to early discontinuation of treatment. Collaboration between research and industry led to the identification and successful testing of a new molecule capable of preventing this neurological complication. This molecule could potentially become the first existing treatment to prevent this frequent adverse effect and improve the quality of life of cancer patients. (2017-10-24)

Long-term opioid use does not increase risk of Alzheimer's disease
Opioid use is not associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. A previous study from the US reported an association between high cumulative doses of opioids and an increased risk of dementia, but the Finnish study does not confirm this finding. (2017-10-24)

Integrative health group visit reduce chronic pain in underserved Spanish-speaking Latinos
Spanish-speaking Latinos suffering from chronic pain, who typically lack access to effective treatments due to insurance, income, and language barriers, showed significant benefits from an Integrative Medical Group Visit (IMGV) approach that was adapted for this population. (2017-10-23)

BOTOX® injections may provide relief for children and teens with hard-to-treat migraines
One in 10 school-aged children suffer from migraines, but there are few FDA-approved medications for them. While BOTOX® injections are approved to treat migraines in adults, children and teens may benefit as well, early research suggests. (2017-10-23)

The opioid crisis: 'What have we learned and where do we go from here'?
Anesthesiology and pain medicine should play a leading role in developing effective alternatives and solutions to the US opioid crisis, according to the November issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia -- a special thematic issue presenting information on the (2017-10-23)

Bariatric surgical patients at risk for newly persistent opioid use
Nearly 9 percent of bariatric surgical patients -- or about one in 12 -- who did not take opioid pain medications until their weight-loss operation, or the month before it, report that they are still using prescription opioids one year postoperatively, according to new research findings. (2017-10-23)

After skyrocketing, opioid abuse plateaus but remains too high, national analysis shows
While the breakneck upswing in opioid abuse has leveled off, it remains disturbingly high and does not appear to continue its decline, according to an analysis of national data presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting. (2017-10-22)

Ketamine may help treat migraine pain unresponsive to other therapies
Ketamine may help alleviate migraine pain in patients who have not been helped by other treatments, suggests a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 annual meeting. (2017-10-21)

Hip and knee replacement patients using fewer opioids to manage pain after surgery
Opioid use in patients recovering from hip and knee replacement decreased by one-third between 2006 and 2014, reflecting success in efforts to promote a multimodal approach to pain management (using a variety of methods to manage pain) rather than using opioids alone, reveals new research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting. (2017-10-21)

Length of incision may affect pain after cesarean delivery
Both short and long surgical incisions for cesarean births are associated with increased pain after delivery, suggests a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting. Based on the findings, the authors recommend an optimal range for cesarean incision length to be between 12 and 17 centimeters (about 4.5-6.5 inches), and advise that neither shorter nor longer incisions be performed when possible. (2017-10-21)

Patients often overestimate postoperative pain, study finds
Patients significantly overestimate the anticipated amount of pain they'll experience following surgery, which researchers say can cause unnecessary anxiety in patients, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting. Patients who receive regional anesthesia, such as peripheral nerve blocks, epidurals or spinal anesthesia, were most likely to overestimate their postoperative pain. (2017-10-21)

Anxiety and depression linked to migraines
In a study of 588 patients who attended an outpatient headache clinic, more frequent migraines were experienced by participants with symptoms of anxiety and depression. (2017-10-18)

'Busybody' protein may get on your nerves, but that's a good thing
Salk researchers find that p75 protein is vital for signaling pain in nervous system. (2017-10-17)

'Wasabi receptor' for pain discovered in flatworms
A Northwestern University research team has discovered how scalding heat and tissue injury activate an ancient 'pain' receptor in simple animals. The findings, from a study of flatworms, could lead to new strategies for analgesic drug design for the treatment of humans. That planarian flatworms use the same molecular receptor as flies, mice and humans to detect potentially damaging or noxious stimuli from the environment shows a remarkable level of evolutionary conservation, the researchers say. (2017-10-17)

Inserting a cannula into a vein
Patients who are given a local anesthetic before having a venous cannula inserted have a clearly reduced sensation of pain when larger gauge cannulas are used. Compared with intradermal lidocaine infusion, the use of vapocoolant spray has the advantage that the rate of venepuncture failures is lower. This is the conclusion reached by Dirk Rüsch and coauthors from Marburg University based on a randomized controlled trial. (2017-10-13)

Gel to fight rheumatoid arthritis
IBS scientists developed a potentially therapeutic gel, which detects nitric oxide, absorbs excess fluids and delivers drugs. (2017-10-11)

Ibuprofen better choice over oral morphine for pain relief in children after minor surgery
Widely available ibuprofen is a better choice for pain relief in children who have undergone minor orthopedic outpatient surgery, as it has fewer adverse effects compared with oral morphine, according to results from a clinical trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2017-10-10)

Trench Foot discovery paves way for new treatment
The physical cause of trench foot has been uncovered more than 100 years after the painful and debilitating condition was first identified in the First World War. (2017-10-09)

The high price of the nocebo effect
People receiving an inert treatment believed they experienced more severe adverse side effects when the dummy drug was labeled as expensive, scientists report. (2017-10-05)

Neuroscientists find 'gatekeeper' in itching sensations plays no role in pain transmission
A neurotransmitter study in mice found that BNP is involved in relaying itching sensations but not pain. A better understanding of pain and itch pathways could help researchers develop targeted therapies for diseases with chronic itching, including multiple sclerosis and kidney failure. (2017-10-03)

Healthy lifestyle linked to lower pain in MS sufferers
People with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can experience chronic and debilitating pain, which greatly affects their quality of life. A study published in open-access journal Frontiers in Neurology finds strong links between lifestyle and pain symptoms. It suggests that efforts to exercise regularly, stop smoking, eat healthily and maintain a healthy weight may help those with MS to manage their pain. (2017-10-02)

Study reveals troubling disparities in prescribing opioids for patients with nonmalignant chronic pain
Published in the journal Pain Medicine, the analysis of 690 million outpatient visits related to nonmalignant chronic pain between 2000 and 2007 suggests prescriptions of opioids are influenced by non-medical factors such as a patient's form of insurance, geographic region and patient's relationship to the provider. (2017-09-27)

Defining optimal opioid pain medication prescription length following surgery
A new study led by researchers at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital analyzed opioid prescription data from the Department of Defense Military Health System Data Repository, identifying more than 200,000 opioid-naïve individuals who had undergone one of eight common surgical procedures between 2006 and 2014 and were subsequently prescribed opioid pain medication (2017-09-27)

What is the optimal length of a prescription for an opioid pain medication after surgery?
Findings from an analysis that included more than 200,000 patients who underwent common surgical procedures suggests that the optimal length of opioid pain prescriptions is four to nine days for general surgery procedures, four to 13 days for women's health procedures, and six to15 days for musculoskeletal procedures, according to a study published by JAMA Surgery. (2017-09-27)

Researchers uncover the source of diabetic pain
A new King's College London study reveals the molecular basis of chronic nerve pain in diabetes. The findings in mice, published today in Science Translational Medicine, could one day lead to treatments which target the source of the pain. (2017-09-27)

Even open-label placebos work -- if they are explained
For some medical complaints, open-label placebos work just as well as deceptive ones. As psychologists from the University of Basel and Harvard Medical School report in the journal Pain, the accompanying rationale plays an important role when administering a placebo. (2017-09-26)

Does your back feel stiff? Well, it may not actually be stiff, UAlberta study finds
Feeling of stiffness may mean something else is going on in the back. (2017-09-26)

Do you really need that MRI?
Do you really need that MRI? Your doctor may order an MRI based on factors other than your actual medical need for imaging, researchers in UT Southwestern's Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research found. Their study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that a physician's prior image-ordering habits, as well as ownership of the equipment, were strong indicators of unnecessary imaging orders. (2017-09-25)

Chronic migraine cases are amplified by jawbone disorder, according to research
A study conducted by researchers in Brazil shows patients with chronic migraine are three times as likely to suffer from severe temporomandibular disorder. Though not a primary cause, the disorder is thought to accentuate and perpetuate sensitivity to pain; therefore, researchers recommend in chronic migraine clinical practice the assessement of the disorder's symptoms. (2017-09-22)

New Wayne State research findings offers hope to people with fibromyalgia
A novel psychological therapy that encourages addressing emotional experiences related to trauma, conflict and relationship problems has been found helpful for people with the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia. A research team led by Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D., distinguished professor of psychology at Wayne State University, has released the results of its research in the prestigious journal, PAIN. (2017-09-21)

Less physical therapy can be just as effective
Treating patients suffering from neck pain with exercise therapy alone seems to be as effective as combining exercise and manual therapies, according a new study. (2017-09-20)

Weighing nonsurgical treatment options for knee osteoarthritis pain
Osteoarthritis of the knee may not be totally preventable but according to Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with Brigham and Women's Hospital, there are some key factors that we can control to minimize the chances of developing bone and joint pain. What's the best treatment option for those who already have knee OA? Dr. Matzkin explains her study's findings published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (2017-09-19)

Foot pain? New study says look at hip and knee for complete diagnosis
A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery and Harvard Medical School suggests new guidelines may be in order for evaluating and treating lower extremity pain. Investigators set out to determine if there was a relation between foot pain and lower extremity joint pain, and they found a significant association between foot pain and knee or hip pain. (2017-09-19)

Study suggests increase in adverse effects due to use of opioids in hospitalized children
New research to be presented during the American Academy of Pediatrics 2017 National Conference and Exhibition in Chicago suggests an urgent need for safer children's pain medications, with the number of hospitalized infants, children and teens who experienced adverse reactions to opioid painkillers increasing by more than half between 2003 and 2012. (2017-09-15)

Chemotherapy pain could be eased by jetlag drug, study suggests
Painful side effects from cancer medicines could be tackled with a drug that eases the effects of jetlag, research suggests. (2017-09-15)

General emergency departments use CT to diagnose abdominal pain in children more often
A child with non-traumatic abdominal pain, a common symptom of appendicitis, is more likely to receive a computed tomography (CT) scan in a general emergency department (ED) than if he or she visited a pediatric emergency department, according to a study published in Pediatrics. (2017-09-15)

Chronic pain common in people living with HIV
All people living with HIV should be screened for chronic pain, which affects 39 to 85 percent of people with the condition, recommend new HIVMA guidelines. Those who have chronic pain should be treated using a multidisciplinary approach focused on non-drug options ranging from yoga to physical therapy, note the guidelines. Opioids should never be a first-line treatment. (2017-09-14)

Treating acute pain in opioid-dependent patients -- Review and recommendations
As healthcare providers see more patients with opioid abuse and dependence, they face a difficult challenge: What's the best way to manage acute pain without contributing to the patient's opioid use disorder (OUD)? A review and recommendations for acute pain treatment in patients with OUD is presented in in the September/October Journal of Trauma Nursing, official publication of the Society of Trauma Nurses. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. (2017-09-13)

Want to rebound from failure? Feel the pain
Feeling the pain of failure leads to more effort to correct your mistake than simply thinking about what went wrong, according to a new study. (2017-09-12)

Emergency doctors evaluate chest pain quickly and safely
Australian hospital emergency departments are adopting two new protocols that allow clinicians to quickly and safely evaluate patients with chest pain. Using the protocols, clinicians can identify 75 percent of patients who are either low or intermediate risk. These patients are being discharged sooner and with fewer tests. Hospitals in Queensland are rolling out the protocols, with the State's healthcare system expected to experience up to $23.9 million in economic benefits annually. (2017-09-10)

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