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Limit Imaging Scans for Headache? Neurosurgeons Raise Concerns

Recent guidelines seeking to reduce the use of neuroimaging tests for patients with headaches run the risk of missing or delaying the diagnosis of brain tumors, according to a special article in the January issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Study: An Alternative for Pain Control after Knee Replacement Surgery

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A Henry Ford Hospital study, presented recently at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons meeting in Dallas, found that injecting a newer long-acting numbing medicine called liposomal bupivacaine into the tissue surrounding the knee during surgery may provide a faster recovery and higher patient satisfaction.

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Migraine May Double Risk for Facial Paralysis

Migraine headache may double the risk of a nervous system condition that causes facial paralysis, called Bell’s palsy, according to a new study published in the December 17, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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American Pain Society Releases Pain Research Agenda for the 21st Century

Some 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, according to the Institute of Medicine, but funding to support scientific research that could lead to effective new therapies for pain remains inadequate. Recognizing this dilemma, the American Pain Society (APS) today released its Pain Research Agenda for the 21st Century, which identifies promising but underfunded approaches to develop new treatments and to help make currently used pain medications safer and more effective.

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Insomnia Can Predict the Appearance of Back Pain in Adults

Insomnia can predict the appearance of back pain in adults

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American Migraine Foundation Offers Tips on Migraine, Sleep and Stress During the Holidays

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Studies have shown that periods of high stress and poor sleep can combine to increase the risk of having a migraine attack. Because stress levels are often high – and sleep insufficient -- during the winter holiday season, the American Migraine Foundation and its Chair, David W. Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, want to help people with migraine better understand some essentials of sleep hygiene that may help reduce their risk of migraine attacks. Dr. Dodick is also Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

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How to Avoid Foods That Trigger Migraines During the Holiday Season

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Certain foods and drinks can trigger migraine in many people, and those who suffer from migraines need to be especially careful to avoid these triggers as they attend holiday celebrations. The American Migraine Foundation and Chair David W. Dodick, MD, FRCP (C), FACP, want to help people with migraine avoid these potential triggers, so that they can better enjoy the season. Dr. Dodick is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

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Why Treating Shoulder Pain in Baseball Pitchers And Other Throwing Athletes is so Difficult

Despite increasing medical knowledge, treating shoulder pain in baseball pitchers and other throwing athletes remains one of the most challenging tasks in sports medicine. Results of treatment as not as predictable as patients, doctors or coaches would like to think.

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Primary Care Doctors Report Prescribing Fewer Opioids for Pain

Nine in 10 primary care physicians say that prescription drug abuse is a moderate or big problem in their communities and nearly half say they are less likely to prescribe opioids to treat pain compared to a year ago, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

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New UAB Clinical Research Program to Combat Chronic Pain and Fatigue

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Jarred Younger’s lab seeks to develop the state’s first research and treatment center for neuroinflammatory disorders.

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