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August 29, 2016

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August 29, 2016

Pain Often Improves in Older Veterans, Study Shows

July 28, 2016 — Older military veterans frequently show improvements in pain intensity over time. However, opioids, some mental health conditions and certain pain diagnoses are associated with lower likelihood of ... read more

'Pain Paradox' Discovery Provides Route to New Pain Control Drugs

July 28, 2016 — A natural substance known to activate pain in the central nervous system has been found to have the opposite effect in other parts of the body, potentially paving the way to new methods of pain ... read more

Fibromyalgia: Doubling Up to Fight Pain

July 13, 2016 — A more effective way of treating fibromyalgia, a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain typically accompanied by fatigue, as well as sleep, mood and memory problems has been ... read more

Cutting Nerves During Breast Cancer Surgery Is Associated With Chronic Pain

July 11, 2016 — A systematic review has been conducted that analyzed 30 observational studies that enrolled 20,000 women undergoing surgery for breast cancer. Analysis of this data suggested that disruption of ... read more

Transplant Drug May Provide Benefits After Spinal Cord Injury

July 8, 2016 — New research in mice indicates that a drug commonly used to suppress the immune system in recipients of organ transplants may also reduce tissue damage and neuropathic pain after spinal cord injury. ... read more

Risk of Blindness from Spine Surgery Down Significantly

June 30, 2016 — The risk of blindness caused by spinal fusion, one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S., has dropped almost three-fold since the late 1990s, according to the largest study of the topic ... read more

June 29, 2016 — A glutamate receptor GluD2 was responsible for the regeneration of synapses in the cerebellum, researchers report at the conclusion of a recent ... read more

An Effective but Painful Treatment

June 23, 2016 — Photodynamic therapy is an effective treatment for early-stage skin cancer. However, this therapy can cause patients severe pain. The reason for this was previous a mystery to researchers. ... read more

June 23, 2016 — Researchers have found that a suite of genes in both fruit flies and humans plays a role in nerve sensitivity. The research could lead to new drug targets in pain ... read more

Researchers Explore Epigenetic Influences of Chronic Pain

June 21, 2016 — New research shows how the DNA-binding protein MeCP2 can regulate the expression of a large number of genes that modulate pain. This study is a first step in identifying new, non-opioid drugs for ... read more

Third to Half of UK Population Lives With Chronic Pain

June 20, 2016 — Between a third and half (43 percent) of the UK population -- roughly 28 million adults -- lives with chronic pain, finds an analysis of the available ... read more

Opioids Increase Risk of Death When Compared to Other Pain Treatments

June 14, 2016 — Long-acting opioids are associated with a significantly increased risk of death when compared with alternative medications for moderate-to-severe chronic pain, according to a new ... read more

Mobilizing Mitochondria May Be Key to Regenerating Damaged Neurons

June 7, 2016 — Boosting the transport of mitochondria along neuronal axons enhances the ability of mouse nerve cells to repair themselves after injury, researchers have discovered. The study suggests potential new ... read more

Chemotherapy and Exercise: The Right Dose of Workout Helps Side Effects

June 4, 2016 — Researchers discovered something simple and inexpensive to reduce neuropathy in hands and feet due to chemotherapy -- ... read more

Differences in How ALS Affects Eye, Limb Muscles Act as Clue

June 2, 2016 — In an effort to better understand what happens during Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), researchers have compared the impact of ALS on the eye and limb muscles. They have focused on specific ... read more

Scientists Discover, Test New Class of Pain Relievers

June 1, 2016 — A potential new class of small-molecule drugs has been discovered that simultaneously inhibit two sought-after targets in the treatment of pain, the ion channels TRPV4 and TRPA1. Their ... read more

Vitamin Nicotinamide Riboside Protects Mice from Diabetes Complications

May 27, 2016 — A naturally occurring vitamin, nicotinamide riboside, can improve metabolic symptoms and prevent peripheral nerve damage in mouse models of diabetes, according to a new ... read more

Drug Used for Pain, Anxiety May Be Linked to Birth Defects

May 18, 2016 — A drug commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a new ... read more

Genetic Biomarker May Predict Nerve Pain Side Effects Associated With Prostate Cancer Treatment

May 13, 2016 — Taxanes are a group of drugs commonly used to treat cancers of the breast, lung, ovary, or prostate, but its use can be limited by significant side effects. Researchers report prostate cancer ... read more

Research Findings Reveal Potential to Reverse Cancer-Related Nerve Pain

May 5, 2016 — A study providing new information about neuropathic pain afflicting some 90 percent of cancer patients who have had nerve damage caused by tumors, surgery, chemotherapy or radiation indicates gene ... read more

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