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February 14, 2016

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February 14, 2016

Research Finds No Easy Answers to Use of Drug Screening for Pain Patients

Feb. 8, 2016 — Doctors who treat patients suffering from chronic pain face a quandary, according to research. Monitoring patients through urine drug screenings, part of the standard protocol to ensure patient ... read more

Treatments That Reduce Knee Buckling May Help Prevent Falls in Older Adults

Feb. 8, 2016 — Symptoms of knee instability in older adults may indicate an increased risk of falling and of experiencing the various physical and psychological effects that can result from falling, according to a ... read more

Better Quality of Care May Reduce Risk of Death for Patients on Opioid Painkillers

Feb. 4, 2016 — Better quality of care may reduce the risk of death for patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain, say Yale researchers. Their study offers evidence that supports ... read more

Functional MRI May Help Identify New, Effective Painkillers for Chronic Pain Sufferers

Feb. 4, 2016 — New research may allow new, more effective and safer pain medications to reach patients who suffer from chronic pain ... read more

Feb. 4, 2016 — Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, according to researchers. They also found that music is effective, but to a lesser ... read more

Why Is Calcific Tendinitis So Painful?

Feb. 3, 2016 — Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, typically characterized by calcium deposits on the rotator cuff, is an extremely painful condition that can severely impair movement and life quality. A new study ... read more

'How Much Does It Hurt?' For Preschoolers, Cognitive Development Can Limit Ability to Rate Pain

Feb. 3, 2016 — 'Rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten' -- for most adults and older children, it's a simple concept. But preschool-aged children generally lack the cognitive skills needed to make ... read more

Location May Be Key to Effectively Controlling Pain

Feb. 3, 2016 — In real estate, location is key. It now seems the same concept holds true when it comes to stopping pain. New research indicates that the location of receptors that transmit pain signals is important ... read more

Feb. 3, 2016 — Researchers explain anecdotal and conflicting reports as to why some report pain around electromagnetic fields from cell ... read more

Anxiety Disorder Three Times More Likely Among Older Adults With COPD

Feb. 3, 2016 — The prevalence of past-year generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) for adults aged 50 and older with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is much higher compared to older adults without COPD (5.8 ... read more

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

The Dose Makes the Poison: Opioid Overdose Study Supports Call for Caution in Rx Levels

Feb. 1, 2016 — When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a new study in ... 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

Impact of Opioid Risk Reduction Initiatives Assessed

Jan. 28, 2016 — New research on opioid prescribing in Washington State reports that a health plan initiative to change shared expectations of physicians regarding clinically appropriate drug levels for long-term ... 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

Making Liver Tissue in the Lab for Transplants and Drug Screening

Jan. 27, 2016 — Engineered liver tissue could have a range of important uses, from transplants in patients suffering from the organ's failure to pharmaceutical testing. Now scientists report in ACS' ... 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

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