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American Pain Society Offers Guidance on Medical Marijuana for Pain

Marijuana often is used to self treat chronic pain and, with 24 states legalizing medical use of the herb, the American Pain Society published guidance in The Journal of Pain for physicians caring for patients who use cannabis. The paper also identified opportunities for future research required to better understand the health effects of cannabinoids.

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IU Study: 'Smoke Alarm' One of 36 Genes Newly Found to Play Role in Pain Sensation

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Indiana University researchers have that found a suite of genes in both fruit flies and humans -- including one dubbed "smoke alarm" -- plays a role in nerve sensitivity. The study, published June 23 in Cell Reports, could help lead to new drug targets in pain management.

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Shedding Light On Migraine Headache Relief

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Despite decades of research, migraines are often not well controlled with medication. For those prone to this type of debilitating headache, it sometimes seems nothing can stop the pain and the sensitivity to light. But what if light itself was key to their relief?

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Long-Term Opioids May Not Be Best Pain Management Option for All Sickle Cell Patients

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In a small study looking at pain assessments in adults with sickle cell disease, researchers at Johns Hopkins says overall, those treated long-term with opioids often fared worse in measures of pain, fatigue and curtailed daily activities than those not on long-term opioids.

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Large-Scale Genetic Study Provides New Insight Into the Causes of Migraine

The results of the largest genetic study on migraine thus far were published online in the journal Nature Genetics today, June 20. The study was based on DNA samples of 375,000 European, American and Australian participants. Almost 60,000 of them suffer from migraine

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Study of a Single, Short Exposure to General Anesthesia in Young Children Encouraging, Says Pediatric Group

A recent study concluded that very young, healthy children undergoing short surgical procedures requiring a single exposure to general anesthesia did not exhibit any effect on the cognitive outcomes tested, according to SmartTots, a public-private partnership of the International Anesthesia Research Society and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the group cautioned that more research is needed to identify problems that might exist under different circumstances.

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Lifestyle Habits Linked to Pain Conditions Already in Childhood

Poor physical fitness and sedentary behaviour are linked to increased pain conditions in children as young as 6-8 years old, according to the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children Study ongoing at the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published in the Journal of Pain.

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Advanced Pain Management Fellowship Offered through TCU and Nurse Anesthesia Partnership

TCU and the AANA have partnered to offer CRNAs this advanced pain management fellowship to support the growing field. The nation spends $600 billion annually in pain management medications.

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Six in Ten Adults Prescribed Opioid Painkillers Have Leftover Pills

In the midst of an epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction and overdose deaths, a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey suggests that more than half of patients prescribed opioids have leftover pills – and many save them to use later.

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Montefiore and Einstein Researchers Leverage Social Media to Uncover New Data on Migraine Sensory Experiences

Montefiore and Einstein researchers leverage social media to yield important insights on migraine associated-smells and hallucinations.

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New Drug to Prevent Migraine May Start Working in Days

A new drug to prevent migraine was associated with fewer headache hours for people with chronic migraine within three to seven days after the first injection, according to a study published in the June 8, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Chronic migraine is defined as headaches occurring at least 15 days per month. Study participants had migraine attacks for an average of 20 years prior to treatment.

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Know the Signs to Preventing and Treating Joint Pain

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Dr. Stephen Duncan provides advice to the general population about treating and preventing hip and knee joint pain.

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Tarantula Toxins Offer Key Insights Into Neuroscience of Pain

Researchers have identified a pair of tarantula toxins that target a previously unknown pain pathway in sensory nerves.

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New Clues Found to Immune System’s Misfiring in Autoimmune Diseases; Brain Power; Converting Cirrhosis-Causing Cells to Healthy Liver Cells in Mice, and More in the Cell Biology News Source

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Physician Anesthesiologist, Pain Medicine Specialist Available to Discuss Opioid Misuse, Abuse and Celebrity Overdoses

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Room for Improvement in End-of-Life Care, Rethinking Hospital Alarms and more in the Healthcare News Source

Get the latest research and features in healthcare, including hospital administration, patient care, and health economics in Newswise's Healthcare News Source.

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Are Drops in Estrogen Levels More Rapid in Women with Migraine?

Researchers have long known that sex hormones such as estrogen play a role in migraine. But there’s been little research on how that works. Do women with migraine have higher estrogen levels in general? Higher levels at the peak of the monthly cycle?

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Surgery and Opioids: Changing the Perioperative Patient Experience and Expectation

This story looks at the use of opioids to recover from surgeries, while examining patient expectations and current practices. This story also covers an initiative entitled "Opioids for Pain: Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Sure."

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Many Patients Continue Using Opioids Months After Joint Replacement

Many patients undergoing hip or knee replacement are still taking prescription opioid pain medications up to six months after surgery, reports a study in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain® (IASP). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.