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Researchers are developing potential treatment for chronic pain
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have developed a new way to treat chronic pain which has been tested in mice. With a compound designed and developed by the researchers themselves, they can achieve complete pain relief. (2020-04-30)

Chronic pain research explores the brain
New insights into how the human brain responds to chronic pain could eventually lead to improved treatments for patients, according to University of Adelaide researchers. (2014-03-12)

Pain medicine meeting unites top researchers and clinicians
High profile medical experts representing the natioN's top pain centers will come together to discuss the latest in pain research and treatment at the 24th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Feb. 12-16 at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FlA. (2008-01-24)

Focus on opioids and cannabis in chronic pain media coverage
New Zealand media reports on chronic pain are focusing on treatments involving opioids and cannabis at the expense of best practice non-drug treatments, researchers have found. (2020-01-16)

A broken bone may lead to widespread body pain -- not just at the site of the fracture
Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new study has found. (2016-01-05)

Spinal cord stimulation is a safe, effective drug-free treatment for chronic pain
A study published in the Journal of Pain Research finds another safe and effective drug-free treatment option for chronic pain sufferers -- spinal cord stimulation (SCS). (2016-07-13)

Lack of research forcing elderly to cope with chronic pain
Annually, over 4,000 studies related to pain are published while only one percent of those look at pain and aging. There is a clear need for more investigators from many fields to further the efforts of current researchers, according to a recent paper published in the Journal Pain Medicine. (2006-04-18)

Poor and less educated suffer the most from chronic pain
Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than previously thought, climbing as high as 370 percent in some categories, according to new research by a University at Buffalo medical sociologist. (2017-02-08)

Chronic pain in children and adolescents becoming more common
Children who suffer from persistent or recurring chronic pain may miss school, withdraw from social activities, and are at risk of developing internalizing symptoms such as anxiety, in response to their pain. In the first comprehensive review of chronic pain in children and adolescents in 20 years, a group of researchers found that more children now are suffering from chronic pain and that girls suffer more frequently from chronic pain than boys. (2011-12-08)

Children in chronic pain need better support, say researchers
One in fifty children and adolescents live with severely debilitating and recurrent pain but there is an (2005-07-04)

Chronic pain in parents appears associated with chronic pain
Chronic pain in parents appears to be associated with chronic nonspecific pain and chronic multisite pain in adolescents and young adults. (2012-11-19)

Smoking is a pain in the back
A new Northwestern Medicine study has found that smokers are three times more likely than nonsmokers to develop chronic back pain, and dropping the habit may cut your chances of developing this often debilitating condition. (2014-11-03)

Treatment for chronic pain must address both physical and social pain
Physical pain and social pain may be more closely related than previously thought. Social pain, which typically results from interpersonal rejection or abuse, has been viewed as a non-medical response to external factors. However, recent research suggests that some physical and social stress responses may arise because of shared processing in the brain. (2021-01-12)

Community-based program improves depression in chronic pain patients
A community-based pain management programme for patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain has improved depression and social integration, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). (2016-06-14)

Commonly prescribed treatments incapable of eliminating pain or restoring function in most people with chronic pain
Currently available treatments for chronic pain are unable to alleviate pain or restore functioning in the majority of patients. The findings of the second paper in the Lancet Series on pain highlight the large gaps in the evidence base and call for more research to assess the effectiveness of combinations of therapies to relieve chronic non-cancer pain. (2011-06-23)

Study suggests new way to treat chronic pain
Nearly one in five people suffers from the insidious and often devastating problem of chronic pain. That the problem persists, and is growing, is striking given the many breakthroughs in understanding the basic biology of pain over the past two decades. Research published online in Nature Medicine points to potential solutions. (2012-03-26)

Alcohol consumption linked to lower disability in patients with chronic pain
In a study of 2,239 individuals with chronic widespread pain, the key feature of fibromyalgia, those who regularly consumed alcohol had lower levels of disability than those who never or rarely drank. (2015-07-20)

Chronic vulvar pain related to irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia and interstitial cystitis
Increasingly prevalent chronic pain conditions are known to be under-diagnosed - and new data sheds more light on how they may also be related. (2012-08-02)

No pain, big gain
In a longitudinal study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience, a group of pain researchers from McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre posed a fundamental question: if you can alleviate chronic low back pain, can you reverse these changes in the brain? The answer is, yes. (2011-05-17)

Where pain lives: Managing chronic pain tougher in poor neighborhoods
Study by University of Michigan Health System shows race and neighborhood status impact pain management and suggests doctors may need to be more aware of a patient's life circumstances when treating their chronic pain. (2012-03-01)

Easing the pain
Combining nortriptyline and morphine provides better pain relief than using either drug alone, according to a new study led by Queen's researcher Ian Gilron. (2015-04-07)

Researchers of the UMA analyze the role of kinesiophobia in individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain
Finding out how kinesiophobia -- unreasonable fear of movement -- may affect individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain is the aim of a research group of the University of Malaga, which recent studies have been published in the scientific journal British Journal of Sports Medicine, the world's No. 1 publication in the locomotor system field. (2019-10-15)

Chronic pain researchers to expand work with $7.5M award from NIH
In order to better understand the disparity between identifiable damage and chronic pain, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $7.5 million over five years to physician-scientists at the University of Michigan Health System. (2016-10-17)

Randomized clinical trial examines therapies for chronic spinal pain
In a randomized clinical trial of patients with chronic spinal pain, a program that combined education to help patients think differently about pain with an exercise program that increasingly introduced movements patients feared or avoided (pain neuroscience education plus cognition-targeted motor control training) appeared better than usual care (combining education on back and neck pain and general exercise therapy) at reducing pain and improving function and thoughts of pain. (2018-04-16)

Researcher finds potential new source for pain inhibition
A UT Dallas scientist has found a new neurological mechanism that appears to contribute to a reduction in pain. According to Dr. Ted Price, associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, the discovery of neuroligin-2 as a cause exacerbating chronic pain is significant for the research community. Although the findings likely won't immediately lead to new pain therapies, the findings offer a potential new therapeutic direction to investigate. (2016-04-04)

Younger age, lymph node removal: Risk factors for pain after breast cancer surgery
An international team of researchers has identified several risk factors for persistent pain after breast cancer surgery; these include younger age, radiation therapy and removal of lymph nodes under the arm (axillary lymph node dissection), in a new study published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2016-07-11)

Cone snails and plants used to develop oral drug for pain
Molecules from cone snail venom and African plants are being used by Queensland researchers as a blueprint to develop an oral drug to treat chronic pain. (2008-04-16)

Black patients with chronic pain less likely to have obesity assessed
Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System have found that black patients with chronic pain were less likely to have their weight or body mass index recorded, even though they are at higher risk for having obesity when compared with their white counterparts. (2008-10-14)

Long-term narcotics use for back pain may be ineffective and lead to abuse
Narcotic drugs (opioids) are commonly prescribed for short-term relief of chronic back pain, but their effectiveness long-term has been questioned in a review article by researchers at Yale School of Medicine, who also found that behaviors consistent with opioid abuse was reported in 24 percent of cases. (2007-01-16)

Scarce evidence that chronic pain treatments work
Whether most methods of treating chronic pain actually help the patient is unclear. Because they are without a scientific foundation, it is often difficult for doctors to decide on a particular kind of treatment because of a lack of information. An epidemiological study carried out in the Netherlands states that. (2000-08-15)

First treatment for pain using human stem cells a success
Researchers at the University of Sydney have used human stem cells to make pain-killing neurons that provide lasting relief in mice, without side effects, in a single treatment. The next step is to perform extensive safety tests in rodents and pigs, and then move to human patients suffering chronic pain within the next five years. (2020-01-23)

Following bariatric surgery, use of opioids increases among chronic opioid users
In a group of patients who took chronic opioids for noncancer pain and who underwent bariatric surgery, there was greater chronic use of opioids after surgery compared with before, findings that suggest the need for proactive management of chronic pain in these patients after surgery, according to a study in the October 2 issue of JAMA. (2013-10-01)

Study connects early childhood with pain, depression in adulthood
The research examines how childhood socioeconomic disadvantages and maternal depression increase the risk of major depression and chronic pain when they become adults. (2013-02-27)

Sleep may stop chronic pain sufferers from becoming 'zombies'
Chronic pain sufferers could be kept physically active by improving the quality of their sleep, new research suggests. The study by the University of Warwick's Department of Psychology, published in PLOS ONE, found that sleep was a worthy target for treating chronic pain and not only as an answer to pain-related insomnia. (2014-03-27)

23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society to be held May 6-9 in Vancouver
The 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society (APS)will be held May 6-9, at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, held this year as a joint scientific conference with the Canadian Pain Society. Journalists interested in attending the meeting should contact Chuck Weber to receive media credentials and advance registration at 847-705-1802 until May 3, and at 847-217-7282, May 4-9, or anytime at (2004-04-07)

Antidepressants show potential for postoperative pain
Anesthesiologists at Queen's examine studies where antidepressants were prescribed for pain after surgery. (2014-08-29)

Learning more about opioid prescribing in primary care
Chronic opioid prescribing in primary care varies significantly by patient and clinician characteristics, according to a new study. (2019-05-14)

Blocking stress protein relieves chronic pain in mice
A group of drugs being developed to treat mood disorders could also relieve chronic pain, finds new University College London research funded by the Medical Research Council. The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, reveals how a protein that shapes the body's response to stress also drives chronic pain and so offers new targets for future pain treatments. (2016-02-10)

Drug-free treatments offer hope for older people in pain
Mind-body therapies, which focus on the interactions between the mind, body and behavior, and the ways in which emotional, mental, social and behavioral factors can affect health, may be of particular benefit to elderly chronic pain sufferers. A new study published in Pain Medicine provides a structured review of eight mind-body interventions for older people, including progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, hypnosis, tai chi and yoga. (2007-09-10)

Study finds many patients abusing drugs and alcohol are self-medicating chronic pain
With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the US, many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to illegal drugs and prescription medications. New research suggests that chronic pain may be part of the answer. (2016-05-09)

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