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Study finds acetaminophen significantly reduced in-hospital delirium
Patients treated with acetaminophen demonstrated a significant reduction in in-hospital delirium. (2019-02-19)
A sociable personality attenuates neuropathic pain and anxiety intensifies it
Certain personality traits such as sociability, anxiety or depression influence manifestations of neuropathic pain in mice, according to a new study by the Neuropharmacology Laboratory-NeuroPhar at Pompeu Fabra University. (2019-02-18)
IU School of Medicine makes breakthrough toward developing blood test for pain
Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have developed a test that objectively measures pain biomarkers in blood. (2019-02-13)
New painkiller lasts longer, is less addictive than morphine
As an alternative to morphine, researchers present a new nano-painkiller they've tested in rodents. (2019-02-13)
Stimulating the vagus nerve in the neck might help ease pain associated with PTSD
In a randomized, controlled pilot trial published Feb. 13, 2019, in PLOS ONE, UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers found that participants pre-treated with noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation experienced less pain after heat stimulus than mock-treated participants. (2019-02-13)
Optimism associated with less likelihood of new pain reported by soldiers after deployment
Many veterans experience chronic pain after deployment. This study of almost 21,000 US Army soldiers who deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq examined the association between feelings of optimism (such as expecting the best and believing good things will happen) before deployment and new reports of pain after deployment, including new back pain, joint pain and frequent headaches. (2019-02-08)
Study: Serious health concerns missed in older adults
Researchers examined the prevalence and impact of six common symptoms (pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, breathing difficulty, sleep problems) and found that nearly half of adults ages 65 and older have two or more of these symptoms and one-fourth have three or more. (2019-02-08)
Research pushes back on benefits of compounded topical pain creams
In an effort to reduce chronic pain, many people look for hope by paying $20 to thousands of dollars for a tube of prescription topical pain cream or gel. (2019-02-05)
Patients with facial pain report most benefit from self-care techniques
While oral appliances such as splints and bite guards are the most common treatment for facial pain from temporomandibular disorders (TMD), patients rate them as less helpful than self-care treatments, such as jaw exercises or warm compresses, finds a new study by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry. (2019-02-04)
What drives patients to use medical marijuana: mostly chronic pain
A new University of Michigan study seeks to understand whether people are using medical cannabis for evidence-based reasons. (2019-02-04)
A new approach to peripheral nerve injury?
The lab of neuroscientist Michael Costigan, Ph.D., at Boston Children's Hospital is studying how the body's immune system breaks down damaged peripheral nerves. (2019-01-31)
Doctors are prescribing opioids for shorter duration, lower doses in children
As the opioid epidemic continues to plague the United States, physician-researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia analyzed prescription patterns in children. (2019-01-29)
Poor sleep at night, more pain the next day
After one night of inadequate sleep, brain activity ramps up in pain-sensing regions while activity is scaled back in areas responsible for modulating how we perceive painful stimuli. (2019-01-28)
Sleep loss heightens pain sensitivity, dulls brain's painkilling response
For the first time, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have identified neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain that can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury. (2019-01-28)
Parents worried about risks, still think opioids are best for kids' pain relief
News of opioid abuse, overdoses and reports that 90 percent of addictions start in the teen years could make any parent worry. (2019-01-27)
Penn's 'enhanced recovery' protocol reduces opioid use in spinal surgery patients
A novel 'Enhanced Recovery After Surgery' (ERAS) protocol developed by Penn Medicine for patients undergoing spinal and peripheral nerve surgery significantly reduced opioid use. (2019-01-25)
Yale psychologists find that adults take girls' pain less seriously
Gender stereotypes can hurt children -- quite literally. When asked to assess how much pain a child is experiencing based on the observation of identical reactions to a finger-stick, American adults believe boys to be in more pain than girls, according to a new Yale study in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. (2019-01-25)
Positive self belief key to recovery from shoulder pain
Positive self belief is the key to recovery from pain, say University of East Anglia researchers. (2019-01-24)
New global task force report questions effectiveness of spinal fusion procedures, provides recommendations
There is little to no evidence that two surgical procedures used to fuse crumbled vertebrae following a spinal fracture caused by osteoporosis reduce pain for patients any better than non-surgical or placebo procedures, according to a new report from a global task force of bone health experts published today in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR). (2019-01-24)
Antiepileptic drugs linked to accumulation of hospital days in persons with Alzheimer's disease
People with Alzheimer's disease who used antiepileptic drugs had a higher number of accumulated hospital days than people with Alzheimer's disease who did not use antiepileptics, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. (2019-01-22)
Rutgers study uncovers cause of bone loss in joint implant patients
Rutgers researchers have discovered the long-sought reason that many people with joint replacements experience harmful inflammation and bone loss. (2019-01-22)
Physicians: Treat eSport players as college athletes
ESport teams require preventive care, injury treatment protocols, according to a study in the British Journal of Medicine. (2019-01-22)
Stanford researchers discover the brain cells that make pain unpleasant
If you step on a tack, neurons in your brain will register two things: that there's a piercing physical sensation in your foot, and that it's not pleasant. (2019-01-17)
Athletes should build neck strength to avoid concussions, Rutgers researchers recommend
Rutgers researchers have proposed a solution for athletes at higher risk for sports-related concussions, such as football and soccer: Protect your head with neck-strengthening exercises in the pre-season. (2019-01-16)
Acupressure relieves long-term symptoms of breast cancer treatment, study finds
A new study finds acupressure could be a low-cost, at-home solution to a suite of persistent side effects that linger after breast cancer treatment ends. (2019-01-16)
CHOP surgeons find opioids often overprescribed for elbow fractures in children
Opioid drugs prescribed to children for pain relief after a typical pediatric orthopaedic procedure may be significantly overprescribed, according to a new study by researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. (2019-01-16)
Study examines the course of back pain over time
Back pain is among the most frequently reported health problems in the world. (2019-01-14)
GPs prescribe more opioids for pain in poor Northern areas, study reveals
English patients living in poorer areas are likely to be prescribed more opioids by their GPs, according to a study led by University of Manchester and University of Nottingham researchers. (2019-01-14)
Pain and substance abuse interact in a vicious cycle
Pain and substance use interact in a vicious cycle that can ultimately worsen and maintain both chronic pain and addiction, according to a research team including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2019-01-14)
Men and women remember pain differently
Scientists increasingly believe that one of the driving forces in chronic pain--the number one health problem in both prevalence and burden--appears to be the memory of earlier pain. (2019-01-10)
Depression and obesity linked to greater likelihood of hip pain
In a representative sample of the German population, older age, obesity, and depressive disorder were associated with experiencing chronic hip pain. (2019-01-09)
Let's map our DNA and save billions each year in health costs
A UniSA scientist has called for Australia to embrace pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing to deliver medication more effectively and slash around $2.4 billion wasted each year through unsafe and ineffective drug prescriptions. (2019-01-09)
Two-thirds of stroke survivors are in exceptionally good mental health
Two-thirds of stroke survivors are in complete mental health despite the impact of their stroke, according to a large, nationally representative Canadian study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. (2019-01-09)
Computers can be a real pain in the neck
Many people slouch or strain their necks while working at the computer. (2019-01-03)
Painful intercourse in women improved with fibromyalgia drug
Women with chronic pain or discomfort around the vulva showed improved sexual function with an oral nerve pain medication used to treat pain caused by a previous herpes infection as well as fibromyalgia, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-01-02)
Rerouting nerves during amputation reduces phantom limb pain before it starts
Doctors have found that a surgery to reroute amputated nerves, called targeted muscle reinnervation, or TMR, can reduce or prevent phantom or residual limb pain from ever occurring in amputee patients who receive the procedure at the time of amputation. (2018-12-27)
Opioid use and misuse following treatment for head and neck cancer
Six months after treatment ended, 7 percent of patients remained on opioid pain medications. (2018-12-26)
Brain activity predicts fear of pain
Researchers applied a machine learning technique that could potentially translate patterns of activity in fear-processing brain regions into scores on questionnaires used to assess a patient's fear of pain. (2018-12-24)
Study analyzes clinical trials of medications to control knee osteoarthritis pain
Managing osteoarthritis requires long-term treatment for symptoms such as pain and changes in joint structure that can lead to disability. (2018-12-21)
Opioids vs. placebo, nonopioid alternatives for chronic noncancer pain
An estimated 50 million adults in the United States were living with chronic noncancer pain in 2016 and many of them were prescribed opioid medications, even though a clinical benefit is uncertain. (2018-12-18)
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