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Study finds no link between sleep apnea and joint pain
Consistent with previous reports, poor sleep quality was linked with joint pain in a recent Arthritis Care & Research study of the general population, but the study found no association between obstructive sleep apnea and pain or daytime sleepiness. This lack of association between pain and sleep apnea is surprising given the established link between pain and poor sleep quality. (2016-08-01)

Bullying linked to student's pain medication use
In a school-based survey study of all students in grades 6, 8, and 10 in Iceland, the use of pain medications was significantly higher among bullied students even when controlling for the amount of pain they felt, as well as age, gender, and socioeconomic status. The findings are published in Acta Paediatrica. (2019-05-09)

Can pain increase the risk of dying early?
Pain that interferes with daily life, rather than pain per se, was associated with an increased risk of early death in a recent analysis. (2017-06-07)

Foot pain often occurs in clusters
A new study indicates that particular areas of foot pain are more likely to occur together, and these clusters have specific characteristics. (2017-02-23)

Fetuses cannot feel pain, says expert
There is good evidence that fetuses cannot feel pain, says an expert in this week's BMJ. (2006-04-13)

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. In the Musculoskeletal Care study of 2,515 adults, 4.9 percent reported chronic hip pain and an additional 1.5 percent reported chronic hip pain that was disabling. (2019-01-09)

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)

Continuous pain is often not assessed during neonatal intensive care
In an analysis of 243 neonatal intensive care units from 18 European countries, investigators found that only 2113 of 6648 (31.8 percent) newborns were assessed for prolonged, continuous pain. Daily assessments of continuous pain occurred in only 10.4 percent of newborns. (2017-03-06)

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)

Anxiety trait linked to post-operative pain in men following total knee replacement
In new research, men with anxiety traits were more likely to report post-operative pain ratings following total knee replacement (TKR) resulting in longer hospital stays, and women generally reported higher post-operative pain levels than men and were less satisfied with pain control. (2012-02-08)

Do static magnets reduce pain?
Static magnets are widely marketed to the public with claims of effectiveness for relieving pain. One survey suggests that about 28 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or fibromyalgia, use magnets or copper bracelets for pain relief. Do static magnets help reduce pain? (2007-09-24)

Cannabinoids give no more pain relief than codeine tablets
Cannabinoids (the active substances in cannabis) are no more effective than conventional analgesics in controlling pain and have undesirable side effects, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. Their introduction into mainstream clinical practice for pain management is therefore undesirable, report the authors. (2001-07-06)

Cannabis extract reduces pain in multiple sclerosis patients
The cannabis extract, dronabinol, reduces pain in patients with multiple sclerosis, finds new research published on (2004-07-15)

Terminology of chronic pain published by Dove Medical Press
Clinicians and society as a whole need to appreciate language's potential to further stigmatize and marginalize all patients suffering from chronic pain, and accordingly we are obligated to work toward a more language-neutral system of pain classification. (2016-02-08)

Managing pain -- a family affair
Could adult children's strategies for coping with pain come from watching their parents react to and deal with pain? According to Suzyen Kraljevic, from the University Hospital Split in Croatia, and colleagues, a family may have a specific cognitive style of coping with pain. Their work, which looks at the relationship between how parents and their children respond to pain, is published online in Springer's International Journal of Behavioral Medicine. (2011-04-11)

A new neurofeedback strategy to treat pain
Researchers in Japan and Cambridge have developed a new neurofeedback strategy that might help to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain in the future. They have shown that they can use neurofeedback to boost the brain's natural ability to control pain, in a simple procedure in which people lie in a brain scanner and have their brain activity decoded using AI techniques. (2020-08-13)

No pain in the hospital -- wishful thinking or reality?
More than 80 percent of hospitalized patients suffer more severe pain than necessary. This is the conclusion of Christoph Maier (Bochum University Hospital, Bochum, Germany) and his coauthors in their interim report of the Pain-Free Hospital Project, which appears in the current issue of Deutsches Aerzteblatt International. The project, which was initiated in 2003, has the goal of improving pain management in hospitals across Germany. (2010-09-20)

Widespread body pain seems to double risk of death from cancer
Widespread body pain seems to double the risk of dying from cancer, reports a study in this week's BMJ. (2001-09-20)

Mind over matter
Chronic pain plagues thousands of individuals. Kent State researchers have determined guided imagery techniques are an affective supplement to medication therapy in the alleviation and control of chronic pain. (2006-08-28)

No evidence that insoles prevent general back pain
There is strong evidence that using insoles does not prevent people from getting nonspecific back pain, and there is insufficient evidence to say whether or not they help solve existing low-back pain, a Cochrane Systematic Review has found. (2007-10-16)

New McGill research shows mice capable of empathy
A new study by McGill University Professor of Psychology Dr. Jeffrey Mogil shows that the capacity for empathy, previously suspected but unproven even among higher primates, is also evident in lower mammals. (2006-06-29)

Big rise in hospital admissions for angina and chest pain
Hospitalisation for angina and chest pain has risen dramatically in the last decade, with enormous financial and service implications, according to new research on bmj.com. (2004-05-20)

No link between epidurals and backache
Epidural pain relief during labour is not associated with long term backache, find researchers in this week's BMJ. (2002-08-15)

Chronic pain changes our immune systems
Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports. (2016-01-28)

Pain sensors specialized for specific sensations
Many pain-sensing nerves in the body are thought to respond to all types of 'painful events', but new UCL research in mice reveals that in fact most are specialized to respond to specific types such as heat, cold or mechanical pain. The study found that over 85 percent of pain-sensing neurons in whole organisms are sensitive to one specific type of painful stimulus. (2016-11-11)

Pain researchers get a common language to describe pain
Pain researchers around the world have agreed to classify pain in the mouth, jaw and face according to the same system. According to a participant from Aarhus University in Denmark, this means more precise diagnoses and improved treatment of people suffering from pain. (2020-03-10)

When it's more than just an ouch! What parents should know
Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer, director of the UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program, is co-author of a new book on helping children cope with pain: 'Pain in Children and Young Adults: The Journey Back to Normal: Two Pediatricians' Mind-Body Guide for Parents.' (2016-04-26)

CBT and BT: Some effect against chronic pain
Cognitive behavior therapy and behavior therapy show some effect in helping the disability associated with chronic pain, according to a Cochrane Systematic Review. The researchers assessed the use of CBT and BT on chronic pain, mood and disability. (2009-04-14)

Nerve stimulation may benefit women with fibromyalgia
Published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a treatment involving electrical nerve stimulation helped women with fibromyalgia in a recent clinical trial. (2020-01-06)

How badly does it hurt? Research examines the biomedical diagnosis of pain
UC sociology research investigates the challenges of patients experiencing pain symptoms that don't visibly turn up on any test, or, in other words, are not (2010-08-16)

Patients who are not prescribed opioids find more improvements in physical function, study
Opioids may help some patients suffering neuropathic pain, but do not help with mobility and function, according to University of Alberta researchers. (2016-01-22)

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)

Chronic pain can drive you to distraction
Researchers at the University of Alberta have confirmed that chronic pain doesn't just cause physical discomfort; it can impair your memory and your concentration. In a study recently conducted at the university's Multidisciplinary Pain Center in Edmonton, Canada, two-thirds of participants with chronic pain showed significant disruption of attention and memory when tested. (2007-05-17)

Pain: Just Think No
The next time someone tells you that pain is all in your head, they could be at least partially right, according to a study led by Johns Hopkins researchers. Results suggest that (1996-08-18)

No clear evidence that antidepressants assist in the management of chronic low back pain
Doctors commonly prescribe antidepressants for patients with low back pain for three main reasons; to relieve pain; reduce mild depression and improve a person's mood; and improve sleep. Despite this, the use of antidepressants in low back pain is controversial with different studies arriving at different conclusions. (2008-01-22)

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)

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)

Many babies in clinical trials experience unnecessary pain
A recent review found that most newborns that are included in control groups during clinical trials concerning minor painful procedures are denied analgesia, despite international guidelines stating that babies should be prevented from experiencing any avoidable pain. (2015-09-21)

Acupressure relieves low back pain
Acupressure (applying pressure with the thumbs or fingertips to the same points on the body stimulated in acupuncture) seems to be more effective in reducing low back pain than physical therapy, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. (2006-02-16)

Older patients have a higher pain tolerance after major surgery -- or do they?
New research presented at this year's Euroanaesthesia meeting in Geneva (June 3-5) suggests that age plays a part in the level of pain experienced after major surgery, with older people most likely to better tolerate serious post-operative pain. However, pain-related impact on physical function does not decline, suggesting older patients are in fact experiencing pain but not admitting to it. (2017-06-02)

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