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Study: Opioid dose variability may be a risk factor for opioid overdose
Patients prescribed opioid pain medications whose doses varied over time were three times more likely to experience an overdose than patients prescribed stable opioid doses, according to an observational study from Kaiser Permanente published today in JAMA Network Open. (2019-04-19)
Microbiome science may help doctors deliver more effective, personalized treatment to children with irritable bowel syndrome
To improve the treatment of children with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), investigators have developed a sophisticated way to analyze the microbial and metabolic contents of the gut. (2019-04-17)
Social support key to remission from suicidal thoughts for disabling chronic pain sufferers
A new nationally representative study from the University of Toronto found that almost two-thirds of formerly suicidal Canadians (63%) with chronic pain were free from suicidal thoughts in the past year. (2019-04-17)
Magic mouthwash effective treatment for mouth sore pain caused by radiation therapy
'Magic mouthwash,' an oral rinse containing diphenhydramine, lidocaine and antacids, significantly reduced pain from oral mucositis, mouth sores, in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck when compared to plaecbo. (2019-04-16)
I feel you: Emotional mirror neurons found in the rat
Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have found that the rat brain activates the same cells when they observe the pain of others as when they experience pain themselves. (2019-04-11)
The Lancet: Inappropriate pain management after surgery is a major cause of the opioid crisis
Targets to eliminate pain after surgery have driven increases in the use of opioids, and are a major cause of the opioid crisis in the USA, Canada and other countries. (2019-04-11)
Active ingredient of aconite root against peripheral neuropathic pain is identified as neoline
Aconite root is used in East Asian traditional medicines to treat pain. (2019-04-10)
Study suggests 'rest is best' for carpal tunnel and similar injuries
In a new study conducted in rats, researchers found a four-week period of rest was nearly as effective as an experimental drug at reducing discomfort and regaining function after an injury from repeated moderate-strain activity. (2019-04-09)
Combining opioids and marijuana may be advantageous for pain sufferers
Researchers report combining cannabinoids with morphine did not significantly increase impulsivity or memory impairment in a study conducted in rhesus monkeys. (2019-04-09)
OHIO study: Acetaminophen can reduce positive empathy for others
A new study by an Ohio University faculty member showed that acetaminophen limited positive empathy a person has for others while taking it. (2019-04-08)
Migraine-linked protein exhibits sex-specific pain effects
A protein implicated in the development of migraine symptoms caused pain responses in female rodents, but not in males, when introduced into the meninges, potentially helping to explain why migraine is three times more common in women than men. (2019-04-08)
Telerehabilitation benefits patients with late-stage cancers
Recent research led by Andrea Cheville, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, suggests that remotely delivering rehabilitation services to patients with late-stage cancer improves their physical function, pain and quality of life while allowing them to spend less time in hospitals and nursing homes. (2019-04-04)
UMN researchers study effect of chronic opioid therapy on pain and survival in sickle cell disease
New UMN research recently published in Blood Advances, Kalpna Gupta, PhD, Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, demonstrates the impact of opioids on the survival of humanized mouse models with sickle cell disease, compared to normal mice. (2019-04-02)
Just an hour of weekly walking staves off disability
Just one hour a week of brisk walking -- as if you are late to an appointment or trying to make a train -- staves off disability in older adults with arthritis pain, or aching or stiffness in a knee, hip, ankle or foot, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. (2019-04-01)
Pairing music with medication offers potential therapeutic strategy to manage pain
Researchers at University of Utah Health found pairing music with one of four pain medications offered a promising complementary strategy to treat pain. (2019-03-27)
Woman with novel gene mutation lives almost pain-free
A woman in Scotland can feel virtually no pain due to a mutation in a previously-unidentified gene, according to a research paper co-led by UCL. (2019-03-27)
Groin and hips of hockey players examined in five-second test
Five seconds is enough to assess the status of a hockey player's groin. (2019-03-25)
Hearing loss before 50 may mean higher risk of drug and alcohol issues
People under age 50 with hearing loss misuse prescription opioids at twice the rate of their hearing peers, and are also more likely to misuse alcohol and other drugs, a new national study finds. (2019-03-25)
New IR treatment for 'tennis elbow' reduces pain and inflammation without surgery
Tennis elbow, the painful chronic condition that affects up to 3 percent of the US adult population, can be effectively treated through transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE), an image-guided, non-surgical treatment that decreases abnormal blood flow to the injured area to reduce inflammation and pain, according to research presented today at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting. (2019-03-24)
Unequal pain relief at home for dying patients
Pain relief and end of life care is not being provided equally to people with advanced progressive diseases who were at home during their last three months of life, according to a study of 43,000 people who died across England. (2019-03-21)
Where does chronic pain begin? Scientists close in on its origins
A new study published March 19, 2019 in Brain has produced evidence of the source of chronic pain in humans, revealing several new targets for pain treatment. (2019-03-19)
Medical marijuana laws linked to health and labor supply benefits in older adults
A study that examined older Americans' well-being before and after medical marijuana laws were passed in their state found reductions in reported pain and increased hours worked. (2019-03-19)
Study suggests painkillers taken during pregnancy not a cause of asthma in kids
A study of almost 500,000 women indicates that taking paracetamol or other painkillers during pregnancy is not responsible for increasing the risk of asthma in children. (2019-03-17)
Calcium in arteries is shown to increase patients' imminent risk of a heart attack
New research findings presented at the American College Cardiology Scientific Sessions from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City shows that identifying the presence or absence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) in a patients' arteries can help determine their future risk. (2019-03-16)
Blunting pain's emotional component
Pain researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-03-13)
Dramatic shifts in first-time opioid prescriptions bring hope, concern
Analysis shows the monthly rate of first-time opioid prescriptions dropped by more than half between 2012 and 2017. (2019-03-13)
HSS orthopedic surgeons address opioid epidemic head on
Orthopedic surgeons at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have developed a pain management pathway designed to reduce the use of opioid analgesics after joint replacement surgery. (2019-03-12)
Opioid crisis: Only a US phenomenon?
Addiction to prescription opioids has reached a crisis level in the United States. (2019-03-12)
OU neuroscientists find brain pathway supporting an intersection of taste and pain
University of Oklahoma neuroscientists have found a pathway in the brain where taste and pain intersect in a new study that originally was designed to look at the intersection of taste and food temperature. (2019-03-12)
Study finds IV and pill form of acetaminophen work equally well after hip replacement
Pain management after surgery is a vital part of patient care. (2019-03-12)
New target for chronic pain relief confirmed by scientists
A research group at Hiroshima University observed a potential new target for chronic pain treatment. (2019-03-07)
Knee pain not linked with activity levels in adults with knee osteoarthritis
Knee pain was not associated with daily walking levels in an Arthritis Care & Research study of individuals with mild to moderate symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. (2019-03-06)
Menopause symptoms nearly double the risk of chronic pain
In addition to the other health conditions affected by estrogen, it has also been shown to affect pain sensitivity. (2019-03-06)
Could medical marijuana help grandma and grandpa with their ailments?
Medical marijuana may bring relief to older people who have symptoms like pain, sleep disorders or anxiety due to chronic conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, neuropathy, spinal cord damage and multiple sclerosis, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4-10, 2019. (2019-02-28)
How young adults experience pain affects self-injury, Rutgers study finds
Teen-agers and young adults who intentionally hurt themselves engage in such behavior based, in part, on how they experience pain and their emotional distress, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-02-27)
Study reveals the structure of the 2nd human cannabinoid receptor
There are two cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the human body that can be targeted to alleviate certain pathological conditions, including chronic pain. (2019-02-27)
Documenting and decoding the dynamics between work and pain
Workers suffering from chronic pain takes an immense toll on both employees and employers. (2019-02-25)
People with chronic pain are coping with the help of Pinterest, new study reveals
A new study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University that analyzed 502 posts on Pinterest about chronic pain revealed that the social media platform is helping people with chronic pain cope by sharing self-care and pain-management tips, venting about their pain's severity, and supporting others who are similarly suffering. (2019-02-25)
Identifying barriers to care for women with endometriosis
An expert review by a Society for Women's Health Research working group identifies areas of need in endometriosis to improve a woman's diagnosis, treatment, and access to quality care. (2019-02-25)
UTSA researchers examine patterns of prescription opioid misuse and other substance use
Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio have studied the opioid epidemic in a representative sample from the United States and found that the majority of people misusing prescription opioids are also using other licit and illicit substances. (2019-02-22)
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