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April 25, 2015

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April 25, 2015

Discovery Could Impact Study of Chronic Pain Conditions

Apr. 22, 2015 — Researchers have uncovered the critical role in pain processing of a gene associated with a rare disease. Their breakthrough paves the way for a better understanding of chronic pain conditions, they ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — The brains of babies 'light up' in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a pioneering brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies ... read more

Babies Exposed to Narcotic Pain Relievers More Likely to Experience Withdrawal

Apr. 13, 2015 — Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a drug withdrawal syndrome in infants following birth, has historically been associated with illicit drug use among pregnant women. But a study shows that pregnant ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — When people learn they have a lesion in their pancreas that could become pancreatic cancer, they often request frequent CT scans and biopsies, or surgery. Often the lesion is nothing to worry about. ... read more

Pain Management Study Reveals Patient Confusion About Opioid Addiction

Apr. 13, 2015 — Emergency department patients have misperceptions about opioid dependence and want more information about their pain management options, according to a new study. The study found that patients seen ... read more

Apr. 13, 2015 — Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. In the study, participants who took acetaminophen ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — The effectiveness of meditation as a therapy for mild cognitive impairment and migraine headaches is being studied by researchers, as well as its potential to reduce pain. "We're coming to ... read more

Apr. 7, 2015 — Combining nortriptyline and morphine provides better pain relief than using either drug alone, according to a new study. "Chronic pain is an increasingly common problem and can exert disastrous ... read more

New Tool to Diagnose Ebola Uncovers Some Surprises

Apr. 7, 2015 — Abdominal pain, fever and unexplained bleeding - which are commonly believed to indicate infection with the Ebola virus -- are not significantly predictive of the disease, according to the results of ... read more

Physical Therapy, Surgery Produce Same Results for Stenosis in Older Patients

Apr. 6, 2015 — By comparing surgery to physical therapy, researchers found equal outcomes in a two-year study, however, they say that policy issues may lurk underneath lumbar spinal stenosis issues. The condition, ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Researchers have clarified that an interaction between capsaicin receptor TRPV1 and chloride channel anoctamin 1 causes enhancement of the capsaicin-evoked pain sensation in ... read more

Protein That Triggers Lupus-Associated Immune System Activation Discovered

Apr. 6, 2015 — A protein that regulates certain cells in the innate immune system -- the body's first line of defense against infection -- activates a molecular pathway known to be associated with the ... read more

Many Nursing Home Residents Die, Don't Walk After Lower Extremity Revascularization

Apr. 6, 2015 — Many nursing home residents who underwent lower extremity revascularization died, did not walk or had functional decline following the procedure, which is commonly used to treat leg pain caused by ... read more

Ebola Virus Diagnostic Tool Developed by Physician Who Worked in Liberia

Apr. 3, 2015 — An emergency medicine physician who treated Ebola-infected patients in Liberia last year used his field experience to create a tool to determine the likelihood that patients presenting with Ebola ... read more

Dying Patients' Choices Not Always Aligned to Caregivers'

Apr. 2, 2015 — An illuminating study compares the willingness of stage IV cancer patients, and their caregivers; to pay to extend their lives by one year against that of other end-of-life ... read more

Common Cholesterol Drug Stimulates the Same Receptors as Marijuana

Apr. 1, 2015 — If you want the benefits of medical marijuana without the 'unwanted side effects' of cannabis, new research should leave you on a high note. According to a research, fenofibrate, also known ... read more

Adult Sinusitis: Updated Clinical Practice Guideline

Apr. 1, 2015 — Sinusitis affects about one in eight adults in the United States, resulting in over 30 million annual diagnoses. The direct cost of managing acute and chronic sinusitis exceeds $11 billion per year. ... read more

Predicting Chronic Pain in Whiplash Injuries

Apr. 1, 2015 — While most people recover from whiplash injuries within a few months, about 25 percent have long-term pain and disability for many months or years. Using special MRI imaging, scientists identified, ... read more

Oral Pain Specialists Treat Complex Health Issues, According to New Survey

Apr. 1, 2015 — Dental researchers conducted a survey to better understand the work done by oral pain specialists. Answers revealed that patients on average visit 2.2 doctors over 17 months before visiting the pain ... read more

Phone Counseling Reduces Pain, Disability After Back Surgery

Apr. 1, 2015 — Having a short series of phone conversations with trained counselors can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery, a new study shows. The phone calls, designed to ... read more

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