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September 27, 2016

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September 27, 2016

Despite Chronic Pain, South Africans With HIV-Related Pain Are Surprisingly Active

Sep. 13, 2016 — South Africans with HIV-related pain are surprisingly active and this is not due to their resilience, says a new report. More than 50% of HIV-positive individuals experience a painful condition like ... read more

X-Rays: The First and Best Screening Tool in Diagnosing Knee Pain Among Middle-Aged Patients

Sep. 9, 2016 — Knee pain is common among Americans age 40 and up. Nearly one in 17 people visit doctors' offices each year for knee pain or injuries from osteoarthritis -- a progressive 'wear and ... read more

Sep. 8, 2016 — There are almost 800,000 patients in the U.S. who are intubated and require mechanical ventilation annually. More than half of these patients are awake, alert and desperately attempting to ... read more

Spiritual Meditation Plus Medication: Best Medicine for Migraines?

Sep. 2, 2016 — New research examines whether or not, and to what extent, a combination of spiritual meditation and migraine medication affects analgesic medication ... read more

Genetic Cause of Severe Nerve Damage in Older Adults With Inability to Walk Deciphered

Sep. 2, 2016 — Congenital gene mutations lead to afflicted persons of advanced age developing severe nerve damage (polyneuropathy) with paralysis, loss of sensation and pain. The illness can advance rapidly and ... read more

Longer Survival of Advanced Cancer Patients Given Methylnaltrexone for Constipation Suggests Role for Mu Opiate Receptor in Cancer Progression

Sep. 1, 2016 — Opioid painkillers and their receptor in cells -- the mu opiate receptor -- could be involved in cancer progression, and could thus be a target for treatments, a study of advanced cancer patients ... read more

Painful Reality: Care Providers Tend to Underestimate Pain During Pediatric Burn Dressing Changes

Sep. 1, 2016 — Pediatric burn pain assessment can vary not only based on patient pain intensity, but also nurse clinical experience, new research ... read more

Nondrug Approaches Effective for Treatment of Common Pain Conditions, Review Suggests

Sep. 1, 2016 — Data from a review of US-based clinical trials suggest that some of the most popular complementary health approaches -- such as yoga, tai chi, and acupuncture -- appear to be effective tools for ... read more

Persistent Childbirth Pain Increases Risk of Postnatal Depression

Aug. 31, 2016 — New research shows that women who experience persistent childbirth pain are more likely to develop postnatal depression following the birth of their ... read more

Connection Between Chronic Pain, Anxiety Disorders Found by Researchers

Aug. 31, 2016 — New study results provide insight into a long-observed, but little-understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety and offer a potential target for treatment. Researchers found that increased ... read more

Aug. 30, 2016 — A research team has identified the pain transmission mechanism at the molecular level and presented new solutions for the understanding of pain signals and the development of pain ... read more

Scientists Report on Safe, Non-Addictive Opioid Analgesic in Animal Model

Aug. 29, 2016 — Since the isolation of morphine from opium in the 19th century, scientists have hoped to find a potent opioid analgesic that isn't addictive and doesn't cause respiratory arrest with ... read more

Characteristic Chemical Signature for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Identified

Aug. 29, 2016 — Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious and maddening condition, with no cure or known cause. But researchers, using a variety of techniques to identify and assess targeted metabolites in ... read more

Majority of Older Adults in Jail Have Distressing Health Symptoms

Aug. 29, 2016 — According to the study, of the older inmates, 49 percent said they experience poor or fair health, 20 percent have chronic lung disease, and 54 percent have trouble performing daily activities such ... read more

Cost Savings Possible from Reducing Use of Low-Value Health Services, Study Says

Aug. 29, 2016 — Experts estimate that $200 billion in annual health care spending in the United States is for overtreatment. The first national study to examine spending on a wide array of low-value health services ... read more

Opioid Receptors Outside the Brain Targeted in Rats; New Direction for Painkillers

Aug. 25, 2016 — Opioid abuse is a growing public health crisis, affecting up to 36 million people worldwide. Many of these individuals first get hooked on prescription painkillers that target mu opioid receptors in ... read more

You Want Shorter ER Stays? Bring in the Nurses

Aug. 24, 2016 — Protocols allowing nurses to administer certain types of treatment in the emergency department can dramatically shorten length of stay for patients with fever, chest pain, hip fractures and vaginal ... read more

New Research Shows Impact of Crohn's Disease on Brain Function

Aug. 24, 2016 — Crohn's disease sufferers experience slower response times than matched individuals that do not have the disease, new research ... read more

Female Triathletes at Higher Risk for Pelvic Floor Disorders

Aug. 23, 2016 — Female triathletes are at a higher risk for several health issues, including pelvic floor disorders, new research indicates. Researchers conducted an internet survey of 311 self-identified female ... read more

Experts Call for Better Services for Patients With Facial Pain

Aug. 22, 2016 — Patients with persistent face pain should be tested to ensure they get the best and most rapid treatment whilst also saving the healthcare system money, say experts from ... read more

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