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July 28, 2016

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July 28, 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

Chronic Low Back Pain Linked to Higher Rates of Illicit Drug Use

July 21, 2016 — People living with chronic low back pain (cLBP) are more likely to use illicit drugs -- including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine -- compared to those without back pain, reports a ... read more

Scientists Review Methods to Prevent Bites, Suppress Ticks That Transmit Lyme Disease

July 20, 2016 — Decades of scientific literature on the effectiveness of various methods of preventing bites and controlling ticks that transmit Lyme disease has been reviewed by a research team, and outlined in a ... read more

Buprenorphine Implants May Be Effective Relapse Prevention Tool for Adults With Opioid Dependence

July 19, 2016 — While buprenorphine has long been used to treat adults with opioid dependence, its efficacy can be hindered by lack of adherence to daily, sublingual (beneath the tongue) doses of the medication. New ... read more

Hard to Treat Chest Pain May Be Improved With a Patient's Own Stem Cells

July 18, 2016 — A patient’s own stem cells may treat chest pain that cannot be treated with current therapies, say researchers. Patients in their study experienced significantly fewer angina-related symptoms and ... read more

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Flare-Ups Caused by Straining Muscles and Nerves

July 18, 2016 — Mild to moderate muscle and nerve strain provokes symptom flares in individuals with chronic fatigue ... read more

Modified Rye Bread Helps Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

July 18, 2016 — Patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are often concerned that certain foods may trigger or worsen their symptoms, which can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, or constipation. In a new study, ... read more

Bariatric Surgery for Teens Associated With Improved Mobility, Less Walking Pain

July 18, 2016 — Does bariatric surgery for severely obese teens help them gain better mobility and reduce musculoskeletal pain? New research suggests that it ... read more

New Opioid Use in Older Adults With COPD Associated With Increased Risk of Death

July 14, 2016 — Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who start using opioids have a more than two-fold higher risk of dying from a respiratory-related complication compared to non-opioid users, ... 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

New Analysis Recommends Responsible Prescription of Opioids to Pain Patients

July 13, 2016 — A recent review and analysis suggests that some policies restricting opioid prescriptions to curb overdose deaths could be harming those who need them the most: pain ... 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

Increased Prevalence of Lupus in Non-Europeans Has a Genetic Basis

July 11, 2016 — Non-Europeans have a higher frequency of the gene variants that increase the risk of lupus as compared to the European population, a new study has confirmed. The findings could lead to the ... read more

Surgery Found to Increase Risk of Chronic Opioid Use, Study Finds

July 11, 2016 — A study of health insurance claims showed that patients undergoing 11 of the most common types of surgery were at an increased risk of becoming chronic users of opioid painkillers, say ... read more

Web-Based Data Tool Designed to Enhance Drug Safety

July 8, 2016 — A new online open-access database has been developed by scientists to allow the clinical responses of more than 5 million patients to all FDA-approved drugs to be used to identify unexpected clinical ... 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

July 8, 2016 — It's like something out of a horror movie -- a killer bug that goes through your nose and can kill you in 24 hours. What's worse is it could be lurking in your body without you even knowing ... read more

Acupressure Reduced Fatigue in Breast Cancer Survivors

July 7, 2016 — Acupressure helped reduce persistent fatigue in women who had been treated for breast cancer, a new study finds. Fatigue is one of the most common long-term effects of breast cancer treatment. About ... read more

Not Blowing Smoke: Research Finds Medical Marijuana Lowers Prescription Drug Use

July 6, 2016 — Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare's prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to new ... read more

Does Chronic Pain Run in Families?

July 6, 2016 — Can an increased risk of chronic pain be transmitted from parents to children? Several factors may contribute, including genetics, effects on early development, social learning, and more according to ... read more

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