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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

New Policies, Educational Programs Help, but Don't Solve, Problems With Opioid Abuse

Jan. 26, 2016 — Medical provider training, new clinic policies and efforts to 'taper' opioid use for pain treatment could significantly reduce the level of opioid medication that patients used -- a limited ... read more

Patients Who Are Not Prescribed Opioids Find More Improvements in Physical Function

Jan. 22, 2016 — Opioids may help some patients suffering neuropathic pain, but do not help with mobility and function, according to ... read more

Ultrasound Guidance Lowers Risks of Thoracic Nerve Block Technique for Mastectomy

Jan. 14, 2016 — A regional anesthesia technique called thoracic paravertebral nerve block (TPVB) is highly effective in controlling pain after breast cancer surgery, but concern about potential complications may ... read more

'Dry Eye' Linked to Chronic Pain Syndromes

Jan. 6, 2016 — A link between 'dry eye' and chronic pain syndromes has been found by researchers, a finding that suggests that a new paradigm is needed for diagnosis and treatment to improve patient ... read more

Jan. 5, 2016 — Scientists have demonstrated in lab animals the regenerative dynamics of a specific signaling protein, C-C class chemokine 2 (CCL2). CCL2 sends inflammatory immune cells (macrophages) to peripheral ... read more

Is Your Child's Achy Back More Than Just Growing Pains?

Jan. 4, 2016 — It's becoming more common for children and adolescents to seek medical care for back pain. Even with expensive, advanced tests like MRI scans, doctors may not be able to find the exact cause for ... read more

Restoring Vision: Retinal Nerve Cell Regeneration

Dec. 16, 2015 — Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Vision loss from glaucoma occurs when axons in the optic nerve become damaged and can no longer carry visual information to the ... read more

Research Traces Cause of Organ Dysfunction in Down Syndrome

Dec. 14, 2015 — While most Down syndrome research has focused on the brain, a new report by Johns Hopkins University biologists uncovers how the disorder hampers a separate part of the nervous system that plays a ... read more

Vagus Nerve Stimulation Shows Progress in Stroke Patient Recovery

Dec. 9, 2015 — Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) technology could help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who suffer weakness and paralysis caused by strokes, new research suggests. The study marks ... read more

Method of Postoperative Pain Relief May Influence Recovery from Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Nov. 30, 2015 — Outcomes from two types of postoperative pain control methods were compared in a group of patients who had both of their knees ... read more

Patient's Priorities in Treating Rare Muscular Dystrophy

Nov. 18, 2015 — A new study of individuals with myotonic dystrophy type 2 -- a rare form of muscular dystrophy -- has helped pinpoint the symptoms of the disease that are most important to patients. These findings ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — For nearly 20 years, scientists have thought that the muscle weakness observed in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy is primarily due to problems in their muscle fibers, but new research shows ... read more

Genetic Defect Underlying a Rare Disease Identified

Nov. 13, 2015 — The genetic cause has been identified for a rare disease characterized by life-threatening "liver crises" in early childhood and subsequent manifestation of neurological symptoms, such as ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Some nerve cells in the inner ear can signal tissue damage in a way similar to pain-sensing nerve cells in the body, according to new research. If the finding, discovered in rats, is confirmed in ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — When peripheral nerves are damaged and their vital synaptic paths are disrupted, they have the ability to regenerate and reestablish lost connections. Using zebrafish, which are transparent at larval ... read more

Standard Phenotypes Will Aid in Genetic Research on Neuropathic Pain

Oct. 26, 2015 — Research on the genetic factors contributing to neuropathic pain has been hindered by the lack of a standard approach to assessing its clinical characteristics or 'phenotype.' Now, a report ... read more

When Touch Turns to Pain

Oct. 13, 2015 — A major contribution to understanding the sense of touch and pain has been made by a research team that has discovered that two substances contained within nerve cell membranes have a crucial impact ... read more

Oct. 12, 2015 — Cancer researchers have discovered how cancer-induced bone destruction causes skeletal muscle weakness. They found that inhibiting TGF-beta, a growth factor released from bone during cancer-induced ... read more

Pain Is in the Brain

Oct. 9, 2015 — A new study might finally provide a new direction for research seeking to help patients suffering from neuropathic ... read more

Living in Fear: Mental Disorders as Risk Factors for Chronic Pain in Teenagers

Oct. 8, 2015 — One in four young people have experienced chronic pain and a mental disorder. According to a new report, the onset of pain is often preceded by mental disorders: an above-average rate of incidence of ... read more

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