Pain

Curbing the Opioid Epidemic: A National Academies of Science Report

Curbing the Opioid Epidemic: A National Academies of Science Report

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The NASEM report, which was commissioned by the FDA, gives an update on current research in the pain field.

Allodynia Common in Pediatric Migraine

Allodynia Common in Pediatric Migraine

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Symptoms associated with central sensitization are common in children and adolescents with migraine.

Pain Linked to Memory Decline, Dementia Risk

Pain Linked to Memory Decline, Dementia Risk

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Older adults with chronic pain have been found to have poorer memory and executive function than their younger counterparts.

FDA Moves to Remove Opioid From the Market

FDA Moves to Remove Opioid From the Market

An FDA panel previously voted that the drug's benefits no longer outweigh its risks.

Pregabalin Use in Pregnancy: What's the Risk?

Pregabalin Use in Pregnancy: What's the Risk?

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Previous research has suggested a link between early use of pregabalin in pregnancy and congenital malformations.

Combo Fibromyalgia Treatment Improves Adherence

Combo Fibromyalgia Treatment Improves Adherence

While adherence was improved, health care costs were increased.

Fibromyalgia Pain Reduced With Cold Compress on Trapezius Muscles

Fibromyalgia Pain Reduced With Cold Compress on Trapezius Muscles

A 10-minute application resulted in significant reductions in pain scores.

Peripheral Neuropathic Pain Treated With Capsaicin 8% Patch

Peripheral Neuropathic Pain Treated With Capsaicin 8% Patch

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The patch used in the study is approved in the United States for postherpetic neuralgia and in Europe for PNP arising from any etiology.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Benefit From Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technique

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Benefit From Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation Technique

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Transcranial random noise stimulation improved both physical and cognitive symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Preclinical Pain in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis May Be a Marker for Diagnosis, Treatment

Preclinical Pain in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis May Be a Marker for Diagnosis, Treatment

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Reports of pain may indicate a preclinical course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Neuropathic Pain: Navigating the Challenges of an Elusive Disease

Neuropathic Pain: Navigating the Challenges of an Elusive Disease

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As the population ages, and as both the incidence of diabetes and the survival rates after chemotherapy treatment increase, the number of patients with neuropathic pain is expected to rise.

New Guidelines: Opioids for Chronic Pain in the VA Health System

New Guidelines: Opioids for Chronic Pain in the VA Health System

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The VA and DoD issue a clinical practice guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain in veterans.

Pregabalin vs Placebo for Sciatica: Is It Effective?

Pregabalin vs Placebo for Sciatica: Is It Effective?

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No significant between-group differences were observed for change in leg pain intensity and disability.

Neurofeedback Aids in Reducing Nerve Damage from Chemo

Neurofeedback Aids in Reducing Nerve Damage from Chemo

Clinically and statistically significant reductions in peripheral neuropathy were seen following neurofeedback.

Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation Superior for Axial Low Back Pain

Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation Superior for Axial Low Back Pain

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Spinal cord stimulation using precision approach via 3D neural targeting shows superior efficacy in treating chronic axial low back pain compared with a trial-and-error method to achieve desired paresthesia.

Diabetic Neuropathy Guidelines Updated by ADA

Diabetic Neuropathy Guidelines Updated by ADA

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New evidence on diabetic neuropathy has emerged since the ADA's last published a position statement in 2005.

Acupuncture for Migraine: Is It Effective?

Acupuncture for Migraine: Is It Effective?

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A significant decrease in migraine frequency was observed, but it is not clear how large a role placebo effect plays in treatment response.

Cogniphobia in Migraine: The Fear and Avoidance of Thinking

Cogniphobia in Migraine: The Fear and Avoidance of Thinking

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Future research should focus on whether cogniphobia can be a modifiable factor in the treatment of patients with migraine.

Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Low Back Pain

Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Low Back Pain

The recommendations promote the use of hot compresses and physical therapy as first-line treatment of low back pain.

Drug Use Affecting Central Nervous System Increasing Among Seniors

Drug Use Affecting Central Nervous System Increasing Among Seniors

Nearly half of seniors taking these drug combinations didn't have a formal diagnosis of a mental health condition, insomnia, or pain condition.

VIDEO: Opioid Addiction May Be Linked to Genetic Variant

New research suggests that opioid addiction may be linked to a genetic variant, and more personalized treatment may help those with the change.

Clinical Massage, Guided Imagery May Improve Insomnia, Pain

Clinical Massage, Guided Imagery May Improve Insomnia, Pain

Interventions with clinical massage or guided imagery may help ease pain and anxiety in patients in a progressive care unit.

Opioid Abuse May Be Linked to Sudden-Onset Amnesia

Opioid Abuse May Be Linked to Sudden-Onset Amnesia

The abuse of opioids or other substances may cause short-term amnesia.

Spinal Cord Stimulation May Reduce Opioid Use in Chronic Pain

Spinal Cord Stimulation May Reduce Opioid Use in Chronic Pain

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Patients with successful spinal cord stimulation implants had significantly reduced opioid use 1 year post-implant.

Treating Pain in Depression May Help Improve Cognition

Treating Pain in Depression May Help Improve Cognition

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Effectively treating pain may help improve cognitive and functional outcomes in patients with depression.

Updated Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

Updated Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

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The new guidelines offer guidance on dosing, including reduced starting and maintenance dosing and safety precautions for diagnosing and treating complications.

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

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The FDA instituted widespread updates to product labeling for opioid medications in December, 2016.

Migraine Relief After Chiropractic Manipulation Likely a Placebo Effect

Migraine Relief After Chiropractic Manipulation Likely a Placebo Effect

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While likely a placebo effect, spinal manipulation may be an option for patients with migraine refractory to treatment.

Veterans Experience More Pain Than General Population

Veterans Experience More Pain Than General Population

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Rates of severe pain were significantly higher in veterans with back and jaw pain, severe headaches or migraine, and neck pain.

FDA Issues Warning for Children, Pregnant Women With Extended Exposure to Anesthetics

FDA Issues Warning for Children, Pregnant Women With Extended Exposure to Anesthetics

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The US FDA is requiring that label changes be made to reflect the risks involved with extended exposure to anesthetics and sedatives in children and pregnant women.

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