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July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015

June 22, 2015 — Macrophage cells require agility to scavenge and digest dead cells and prevent an immune response to self. In lupus, the macrophages lose that agility, scientists ... read more

Reversing the Deadly Side Effects of Tylenol Overdose

June 22, 2015 — New research could help reverse deadly side effects caused by excessive doses of the drug acetaminophen, the major ingredient in Tylenol and many other medicines. Researchers have developed a ... read more

Patient Controlled Analgesia in the Emergency Department Is Effective

June 22, 2015 — Two studies are the first to track the effectiveness of patient-controlled pain relief (PCA - patient-controlled analgesia) in patients from the Emergency Department to the ward. The studies show ... read more

Seniors Don't Bounce Back Fast from Car Crashes

June 19, 2015 — Many seniors injured in motor vehicle crashes remain in pain for months afterwards, which negatively affects their quality of life, including the ability to live independently, suggest the results of ... read more

Knowledge About Alternative Medicine Connected to Education, Income

June 17, 2015 — Individuals with lower education and income levels are less likely to know about yoga, acupuncture and other complementary treatments, new research shows. Lack of knowledge as a reason for non-use ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Non-narcotic treatments for chronic pain that work well in people, not just mice, are sorely needed. Drawing from human pain genetics, an international team of researchers demonstrates a way to break ... read more

Benefit of Knee Surgery for Middle Aged or Older Patients 'Inconsequential' Say Experts

June 16, 2015 — The benefit of surgery for middle aged or older patients with persistent knee pain is inconsequential and such surgery is potentially harmful, say ... read more

Talking Therapy Shows Promise for People With Chronic Low Back Pain

June 16, 2015 — A new form of talking therapy is a credible and promising treatment for people with chronic low back pain who are also suffering from related psychological stress, a new study ... read more

Patients With Primary Hand Osteoarthritis Should Not Be Prescribed Hydroxychloroquine, Study Suggests

June 13, 2015 — The results of an interventional trial showed that use of the disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug hydroxychloroquine for 24 weeks did not diminish mild-moderate pain from primary hand ... read more

How to Manage Pain in the ER: Ask the Patient

June 12, 2015 — Simply asking the question, 'Do you want more pain medication?' resulted in satisfactory pain control in 99 percent of emergency department patients participating in a study of a new ... read more

Half of Veterans Who Died from Opioid Overdoses Also Received Benzos

June 12, 2015 — Nearly half of all veterans who died from drug overdoses while prescribed opioids for pain were also receiving benzodiazepines, or benzos, which are common medications for the treatment of anxiety, ... read more

Researchers Discover How the Discomfort from Dry Eye Disease Originates

June 12, 2015 — A study on the origin of the symptoms of dry eye disease has taken place, and explains the molecular mechanism leading to the discomfort that causes this disease. Dry eye is the most common eye ... read more

Autoimmunity: New Immunoregulation and Biomarker

June 12, 2015 — Clinicians have elucidated a mechanism involved in determining the lifespan of antibody-producing cells, and identified a promising new biomarker for monitoring autoimmune diseases like multiple ... read more

June 11, 2015 — Scratching the itch of eczema, researchers have identified the serotonin receptor HTR7 as a key mediator of eczema and other forms of chronic itch. Eczema affects some 10 percent of the population ... read more

Gender and Personality Differences in Cancer-Related Pain Severity for Geriatric Patients

June 11, 2015 — With 75% of cancer patients in the UK over 60, and the costs of innovative drugs soaring, how to best identify and hopefully manage cancer-related pain in the elderly is a key issue. A new study ... read more

Tackling Chronic Sinusitis by Addressing Underlying Factors

June 10, 2015 — The stuffy noses and sinus pressure of head colds are uncomfortable, but for most people, they go away within days. For those with chronic sinusitis, however, those symptoms and others drag on for ... read more

Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain Effective, Study Suggests

June 10, 2015 — A study supports findings that costs of spinal cord stimulation implants are recouped due to decreased demands for medical treatment in chronic pain ... read more

June 9, 2015 — The molecular interactions that allow capsaicin to activate the body's primary receptor for sensing heat and pain have been identified by scientists, paving the way for the design of more ... read more

Study Links Brain Inflammation Triggered by Chronic Pain to Anxiety and Depression

June 9, 2015 — Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term ... read more

Clinicians Reluctant to Prescribe Medication That Counteracts Effects of Opioid Overdose

June 9, 2015 — A variety of factors including questions about risk and reluctance to offend patients limits clinician willingness to prescribe a potentially life-saving medication that counteracts the effects of an ... read more

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