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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

Use of and Barriers to Access to Opioid Analgesics Worldwide

Feb. 3, 2016 — Use of common opioid painkillers such as codeine, morphine and oxycodone has more than quadrupled in Australia over the past decade and doubled worldwide over the same period. Yet at the same time ... read more

New Drug Could Be Safer, Non-Addictive Alternative to Morphine

Jan. 28, 2016 — A painkiller has been developed that is as strong as morphine but isn't likely to be addictive and with fewer side effects, according to a new study. Opium-based drugs are the leading treatments ... read more

Chronic Pain Changes Our Immune Systems

Jan. 28, 2016 — Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study. The findings could open new avenues to diagnosing and treating chronic pain in humans, the researchers ... read more

Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain: Achieving the Right Balance Through Education

Jan. 28, 2016 — In recent decades, the United States has seen a dramatic increase in opioid prescribing for chronic pain. That growth has been associated with increasing misuse of these medications, leading to ... read more

New Findings Point to Central Nervous System Role in Painful Diabetic Peripheral Nerve Disease

Jan. 27, 2016 — The central nervous system is a key contributor to the problem of painful peripheral nerve disease in people with diabetes, emerging evidence suggests. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) occurs in ... read more

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

A Woman's Heart Attack Causes, Symptoms May Differ from a Man's

Jan. 25, 2016 — Women frequently have different underlying causes of heart attacks than men, such as the types of plaque buildup. Compared to men, women tend to be undertreated and are less likely to participate in ... read more

Researchers Discover Ten New Lupus Genes in Asian Population Study

Jan. 25, 2016 — 10 new genes associated with the autoimmune disease lupus have been identified by researchers. One gene in particular, known as GTF2I, showed a high likelihood of being involved in the development of ... 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

Jan. 21, 2016 — Mitochondria could provoke the inflammation characteristic of lupus, an autoimmune disorder affecting the joints, skin, heart and brain. Byproducts of cells' power stations goad certain white ... read more

Study Assesses Long-Term Impact of Post-Surgical Pain in Children

Jan. 21, 2016 — Children who still have moderate to severe post-operative pain one month after a surgical procedure are at risk for deterioration of their health-related quality of life, according to new ... read more

Migraines Worsen as Women Approach Menopause

Jan. 21, 2016 — Migraine headaches heat up as women approach menopause, according to a new study. The risk for high frequency headache, or more than 10 days with headache per month, increased by 60 percent in ... read more

Breasts Putting Girls Off Sport?

Jan. 19, 2016 — About half of all girls at UK secondary schools might be avoiding sport because of embarrassment or pain caused by their breasts, according to new research. This study is the first in the UK to ... read more

Genetics Influences Knee Pain Sensitivity in Osteoarthritis Patients

Jan. 19, 2016 — Genetics play a key role in knee pain sensitivity, according to a team of researchers studying knee osteoarthritis patients. A new study focused on this subject, looking at how arthritis affects mood ... read more

Real Acupuncture No Better Than Sham Acupuncture for Treating Hot Flushes: Study

Jan. 19, 2016 — Traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments are no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms, new research reveals. However, in a surprise finding, both the real and sham treatments ... read more

Advice for Prescribing Antibiotics Issued

Jan. 18, 2016 — New advice has been issued for prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTs) in adults. ARTIs, including the common cold, uncomplicated bronchitis, sore throat, and sinus ... read more

No More Needles at the Dentist: Just a Tiny Electric Current Instead

Jan. 18, 2016 — If you're scared of the dentist's needles you're not alone -- but new research means you might not have to put off that appointment again. A study reveals how the dentist could give ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to new ... read more

Hay Fever Medicine Reduces Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Jan. 14, 2016 — The cause of abdominal pain in patients with irritable bowel syndrome has been identified by researchers. As a result, they were able to select a medicine that could reduce or end that pain. This ... 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

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