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New guideline: Epidural steroid injections limited in treating back pain
A guideline developed by the American Academy of Neurology finds epidural steroid injections play a limited role in providing short-term pain relief for lower back pain that radiates down a leg, and do not provide long-term pain relief. The guideline is published in the March 6, 2007, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2007-03-05)

Psychologists identify influence of social interaction on sensitivity to physical pain
Psychologists at the University of Toronto have shown that the nature of a social interaction has the ability to influence an individual's sensitivity to physical pain. The discovery could have significant clinical implications for doctor-patient relationships and the general well-being of an individual on a daily basis. (2010-11-08)

NSAIDs are effective for short-term relief of low-back pain
Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help reduce symptoms of low back pain that doesn't involve sciatica, a Cochrane Systematic Review has found. (2008-01-22)

Scientists win funding to study new treatment for severe chronic pain
Scientists at the University of Liverpool are leading a £1.5 million project to study `immunoglobulin', a type of drug which has been shown to ease complex regional pain syndrome. (2012-11-21)

Smoking may worsen pain for cancer patients
The relationship between smoking and cancer is well established. In a study published in the January 2011 issue of Pain, researchers report evidence to suggest that cancer patients who continue to smoke despite their diagnosis experience greater pain than nonsmokers. They found that for a wide range of cancer types and for cancers in stages I to IV, smoking was associated with increased pain severity and the extent to which pain interfered with a patient's daily routine. (2010-12-21)

Acute psychological stress reduces ability to withstand physical pain
A new study from Tel Aviv University finds that acute psychosocial stress has a dramatically deleterious effect on the body's ability to modulate pain. The researchers found that although pain thresholds and pain tolerance seemed unaffected by stress, there was a significant increase in pain intensification and a decrease in pain inhibition capabilities. (2015-02-05)

Yoga is more effective than conventional exercise for back pain, Group Health study finds
Yoga appears to be more effective for low back pain than conventional exercise or getting a self-care book about the condition, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers at Group Health Cooperative's Center for Health Studies and published in the December 20 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (2005-12-19)

New self-management program offers significant benefits for arthritis patients with chronic pain
A new two week program significantly reduces health care visits, pain scores and health distress in arthritis patients with chronic pain. Results were comparable to existing six week self-management programs and the benefits of the program were sustained for six months with improvements continuing up to a year later, according to researchers. (2008-06-12)

Rates of long-term opiate use rises in Medicare cancer survivors each year after diagnosis
Using Medicare data, new findings from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston show for the first time that the rates of long term opiate therapy for older cancer survivors remain high for at least five years in cancer survivors. The study also showed that cancer survivors diagnosed after 2004 had higher rates of opioid prescribing compared with those diagnosed earlier than 2004. (2019-05-14)

Simple tests may help predict patients' pain after surgery
New research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center shows that having patients complete a series of simple tests before surgery may help predict the intensity of their post-surgical pain and how much pain medication they will need. (2005-10-24)

Heavy drinkers use narcotics to relieve back pain, despite possible interactions, UMHS study finds
Despite warnings about interactions between alcohol and narcotic pain relievers, a new study suggests many people taking these drugs continue to drink, in some cases heavily. (2004-01-14)

ST. John's Wort relieves bladder pain in animal models
St. John's Wort, an herbal supplement used for centuries, may be effective in relieving pain that occurs in hypersensitive bladder disorders such as interstitial cystitis (IC), according to animal model study results presented today at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association. (2006-05-23)

Study suggests acupuncture may be better than no acupuncture, sham acupuncture for chronic pain
An analysis of patient data from 29 randomized controlled trials suggests that acupuncture may be better than no acupuncture or sham acupuncture for the treatment of some chronic pain, according to a report published online first by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. (2012-09-10)

Too many ways to say 'it hurts'
David Cella is revolutionizing the language of pain, as well as fatigue, depression and anxiety. Researchers measure these symptoms to see if a medical treatment improves the quality of life for a patient. But because scientists measure the symptoms in different ways, doctors can't compare results of studies to determine the best approach. That's about to change. Northwestern University's Cella is leading a new national NIH project that establishes a common scientific vocabulary. (2009-07-29)

Acupuncture possible treatment for dental anxiety
Researchers have found evidence that acupuncture could help people who experience dental anxiety. (2018-05-01)

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center implants 1 of first MRI-safe devices for pain
Neurosurgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are among the first in the United States to successfully implant an MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator to help patients suffering from chronic back or limb pain. Neurosurgeons Dr. Ali Rezai and Dr. Milind Deogaonkar performed the surgery Aug. 5, 2013 to help relieve intense foot pain due to a peripheral neuropathy in a 78-year-old patient. (2013-08-06)

Long-term NSAID use by hypertensive patients with CAD increases risk of adverse events
A study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Medicine, reports that among hypertensive patients with coronary artery disease, chronic self-reported use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with an increased risk of adverse events during long-term follow-up. Long-term NSAIDs use is common for treatment of chronic pain. (2011-07-12)

Is chronic rhinosinusitis associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety?
Chronic rhinosinusitis is a common condition marked by sinus inflammation that can make breathing difficult and cause face pain or tenderness. The condition affects quality of life but whether it contributes to depression and anxiety in patients is unclear. This study of about 49,000 people in a South Korean insurance database examined the risk of depression and anxiety in chronic rhinosinusitis and depending on the type of chronic rhinosinusitis (with or without nasal polyps). (2019-02-07)

Music lessens pain and anxiety in patients undergoing surgery
Music can reduce the anxiety and pain of invasive surgery, according to an analysis of all relevant randomized controlled trials published since 1980. (2018-04-24)

Women need expanded musculoskeletal care during pregnancy, study finds
Despite the high prevalence of musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy, few women receive treatment for their low back pain, according to a February 2007 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. (2007-03-06)

Spinal surgery for osteoporosis no better for pain relief than injections
Vertebroplasty (surgery to repair spinal fractures) is no more effective for pain relief than a sham (placebo) procedure in older patients with osteoporosis, finds a trial published by The BMJ today. (2018-05-09)

Researchers find gene involved in pain relief
Researchers at the University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children and the Amgen Institute have discovered a genetic mechanism involved in pain modulation that could lead to an entirely new approach to pain control. The results of their research are published in the Jan. 11 issue of the journal Cell. (2002-01-10)

Intense treatment no better than advice & exercise at reducing pain from chronic whiplash
Results of a new trial of treatments for chronic whiplash pain, published in The Lancet, suggest that expensive, intense physiotherapy sessions do not show any additional benefit over a single physiotherapy session of education and advice with phone follow-up. (2014-04-03)

Study shows patch therapy may be as effective as oral medications
Researchers from the Altoona Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center announced today that data presented at the 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society suggest that patch therapy provides similar pain relief as oral medications for patients with osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain. (2005-03-31)

Simple bedside test improves diagnosis of chronic back pain, could guide treatment
A simple and inexpensive method of assessing pain, developed by Massachusetts General Hospital researchers, is better than currently used techniques for distinguishing neuropathic pain -- pain caused by damage to the nervous system -- from other types of chronic back pain. Being able to more precisely determine the underlying nature of the pain is essential to choosing the best treatment. (2009-04-06)

New guideline evaluates treatments for postherpetic neuralgia
A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology evaluates treatments for postherpetic neuralgia. The guideline is published in the September 28 issue of Neurology. The guideline recommends tricyclic antidepressants, gabapentin, lidocaine patch, and opioids for treating the pain of postherpetic neuralgia. (2004-09-28)

Rochester spearheads FDA initiative to speed development of new pain therapies
While scientists have made great strides in understanding the physical and chemical processes that occur when people feel pain, new treatments with improved safety and effectiveness are still needed for the more than 76 million Americans with acute and chronic pain. The FDA recently selected the University of Rochester Medical Center to lead a new initiative to accelerate the identification of improved pain treatments. Rochester was awarded a $1 million contract to launch the program. (2010-11-01)

Mount Sinai researchers find new target to improve pain management
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered a major mechanism underlying the development of tolerance to chronic morphine treatment. (2010-09-07)

Hidden health problems can appear up to two years after elective hip surgeries
Up to two years following elective, arthroscopic hip surgery, a substantial proportion of patients reported troubling new health issues ranging from sleep problems, to arthritis to cardiovascular disease. (2018-09-28)

MRI 'excellent choice' for overcoming challenges of diagnosing pregnant women with abdominal pain
MRI is both safe and accurate for diagnosing pregnant women with acute pain in the abdomen and pelvis, surpassing the limits of both CT and ultrasound for this purpose, according to a new study by researchers from University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. (2005-02-02)

Study reveals privacy issues in smartphone headache apps
Headache diaries are a mainstay of migraine management, and many commercial smartphone apps have been developed to help people track their pain. A new Headache study found that such apps often share information with third parties, posing privacy risks partly because there are few legal protections against the sale or disclosure of data from medical apps to third parties. (2018-07-05)

One in five awaiting new hip suffering extreme pain, study shows
Almost 20 per cent of people awaiting hip replacements are experiencing extreme pain or discomfort, a study shows. (2019-08-15)

Empathy for pain activates pain-sensitive regions of the brain, says UCL study
Knowing our partner is in pain automatically triggers affective pain processing regions of our brains, according to new research by University College London (UCL) scientists. (2004-02-19)

Opioids, narcotic analgesics effective in treating post-herpetic neuralgia
Opioids -- narcotic analgesics -- have recently been shown to be effective in treating post-herpetic neuralgia. Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a painful chronic condition that can develop following a case of shingles, especially in older patients or those with immunodeficiencies. PHN is characterized by ongoing pain with varying degrees of skin hypersensitivity. (2002-10-07)

Is back pain killing us?
Older people who suffer from back pain have a 13 per cent increased risk of dying from any cause, University of Sydney research has found. Published in the European Journal of Pain, the study of 4390 Danish twins aged more than 70 years investigated whether spinal pain increased the rate of all-cause and disease-specific cardiovascular mortality. (2017-02-23)

Study supports long-term benefits of non-drug therapies for pain
A new study finds that non-drug therapies given to service members with chronic pain may reduce the risk of long-term adverse outcomes, such as alcohol and drug disorder and self-induced injuries, including suicide attempts. (2019-12-11)

Kids' TV teaching children wrong lessons about pain -- new study
New analysis of children's TV and film suggests that too often it portrays pain as something arising only through violent act or injury when instead it could do more to educate young people about much more common, everyday pain. (2020-12-01)

Half of adults with anxiety or depression report chronic pain
In a survey of adults with anxiety or a mood disorder like depression or bipolar disorder, about half reported experiencing chronic pain, according to researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. (2017-05-31)

Mutation causes intense pain
A mutation that enhances the function of a specific ion channel has been identified as the cause of a rare inherited pain disorder. The research, published by Cell Press in the June 10 issue of the journal Neuron, proposes a potential treatment for the disorder and may lead to a better understanding of chronic pain in humans. (2010-06-09)

Which role does the brain play in prosocial behavior?
This study suggests that our tactile cortices, primarily evolved to perceive touch and pain on our body, have an important social function. They contribute to prosocial decision-making by helping to transform the sight of bodily harm into an accurate feeling for how much pain the victim experiences. This feeling is necessary to adapt our helping to the needs of others. (2018-05-25)

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