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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

New Study Provides Key Insights Into Aspirin's Disease-Fighting Abilities

Oct. 9, 2015 — A new explanation has been found for how aspirin works in the body to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Aspirin's active form, salicylic acid, blocks a protein called HMGB1, ... read more

New Heart Attack Test Could Identify Two-Thirds of Patients at Very Low Risk of Heart Attack in the Emergency Department

Oct. 7, 2015 — Using a high-sensitivity blood test, researchers have identified the optimal level of a protein called troponin that could rule out a diagnosis of heart attack for two-thirds of people attending the ... read more

American Placebo: New Analysis of Chronic Pain Drug Trials Shows Increasing Placebo Responses Over Time, in the US Only

Oct. 6, 2015 — Rising placebo responses may play a part in the increasingly high failure rate for clinical trials of drugs designed to control chronic pain caused by nerve damage, suggests a new report. ... read more

Risk Profiling Is Key to Managing Pain in Era of Opioid Abuse

Oct. 5, 2015 — Patients undergoing rehabilitation for physical injuries and their physicians can better understand who is most at risk of abusing opioids by reviewing their family history, lifestyle and environment ... read more

High Opioid Use in Older People With COPD Raises Safety Concerns

Oct. 2, 2015 — Researchers are raising safety concerns about high rates of new opioid use among older adults with COPD, according to a study. Opioids, such as codeine, oxycodone and morphine might be prescribed ... read more

Antibody Treatment Efficacious in Psoriasis

Oct. 1, 2015 — An experimental, biologic treatment, brodalumab, achieved 100 percent reduction in psoriasis symptoms in twice as many patients as a second, commonly used treatment, according to the results of a ... read more

Doctors Often Overtreat With Radiation in Late-Stage Lung Cancer

Sep. 30, 2015 — Almost half of patients with advanced lung cancer receive more than the recommended number of radiation treatments to reduce their pain, according to a new study. Radiation therapy that is ... read more

Multicenter Study Examines Safety of Medical Cannabis in Treatment of Chronic Pain

Sep. 29, 2015 — A Canadian research team has completed a national multicenter study looking at the safety of medical cannabis use among patients suffering from chronic pain. They found that patients with chronic ... read more

Reducing Our Own Pain Is Also Reducing Empathy for Pain in Others

Sep. 29, 2015 — The ability to feel the pain of others is based on neurobiological processes which underlie pain experience in oneself. Using innovative methods, an international research team could show that a ... read more

Biomarkers in Maternal Blood Can Identify Pregnant Women With Lupus at Low Risk for Adverse Outcomes

Sep. 29, 2015 — Pregnant women with systemic lupus erythematosus, are at higher risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes, including preeclampsia, placental insufficiency, fetal death, miscarriages, and other ... read more

Medications to Treat Opioid Use Disorders: New Guideline Released

Sep. 24, 2015 — Medications play an important role in managing patients with opioid use disorders, but there are not enough physicians with the knowledge and ability to use these often-complex treatments. New ... read more

Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Found in South London Parks

Sep. 24, 2015 — Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Premature infants receiving intensive care are exposed to a great deal of pain, and this pain causes damage to the child. Despite this half of the infants admitted to neonatal intensive units will ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — Tinnitus and chronic pain have more in common than their ability to afflict millions with the very real experience of 'phantom' sensations. Homing in on their structural and functional ... read more

Negative Spiritual Beliefs Associated With More Pain and Worse Physical, Mental Health

Sep. 23, 2015 — Individuals who blame karma for their poor health have more pain and worse physical and mental health, according to a new study. Targeted interventions to counteract negative spiritual beliefs could ... read more

Early Testing Can Predict Stroke Patients Who Will Develop Upper Limb Spasticity

Sep. 23, 2015 — Many stroke patients suffer from spasticity of the arm that cause pain and impaired sensorimotor function. But there are ways of identifying such patients ahead of time so that they can obtain the ... read more

Scientists Identify Key Morphine Regulator That May Reduce Risk of Pain-Killer Abuse

Sep. 22, 2015 — A specific molecule controls morphine receptor signaling in a small group of brain cells, a new study has demonstrated. The findings could lead to a new drug target for developing less-addictive pain ... read more

Researcher Finds Novel Way to Monitor Serious Blood Disorder Using a Smart Phone

Sep. 22, 2015 — A researcher will develop a portable smart sensor and a phone application for patients with sickle cell disease to analyze and store the results of their blood tests on a smart phone, states a new ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — Neuroscientists have found a novel connection between the size of the choroid plexus in the brain and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), an unexpected finding, they ... read more

Hospital Reduces Emergency Wait Time, Improves Care for Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Patients

Sep. 21, 2015 — An American hospital has significantly reduced the amount of time that pediatric patients experiencing pain from sickle cell disease wait before receiving pain medication when they come to the ... read more

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