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In Infants, Pain from Vaccinations Shows Up in Brain Activity

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Infants show distinct, consistent patterns of brain activity in response to painful vaccinations, reports a study in the February issue of PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Morphine Following Common Childhood Surgery May Be Life Threatening

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The study has identified a significant risk for potentially-fatal breathing disruption when morphine is administered at home after surgery to treat pain in children who undergo tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy.

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Experts Share Advances in Neural Interventions for Chronic Conditions

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The International Neuromodulation Society 12th World Congress in Montreal June 6 - 11, 2015 features traditional and cutting-edge ways to address chronic disease through interfacing with the body’s nervous system.

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Vanderbilt Study Finds Use of Methadone to Treat Pain Carries Increased Risk of Death

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Outside the hospital, use of methadone to treat pain carries a 46 percent increased risk of death when compared to the equally effective but more costly alternative, morphine SR (sustained release). That’s according to a study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, appearing online this week in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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American Headache Society Provides Updated Assessment of Medications to Treat Acute Migraine

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The January issue of the American Headache Society journal Headache provides an updated assessment of the best treatments to use when a migraine attack occurs. The assessment will form the basis of new AHS treatment guidelines. The paper was authored for the AHS by leading headache specialists Michael J. Marmura, MD and Stephen D. Silberstein, MD, FACP, both of the Jefferson Headache Center of Thomas Jefferson University, and by Todd J. Schwedt, MD, MSCI, of the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic Arizona.

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Penn Medicine Researchers Discover Possible New General Anesthetics

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Penn Medicine researchers, in a continuation of their groundbreaking work to better understand how anesthesia works in the body, have found the first new class of novel anesthetics since the 1970s. Their findings, published in February issue of Anesthesiology, detail the processes through which the group uncovered these compounds.

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Women’s Pain: Common, Treatable and Often Overlooked or Mismanaged

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Despite the variety of effective treatments, and physicians who specialize in treating pain, women often suffer unnecessarily from conditions ranging from backaches to pain after cancer surgery, and also treat their pain with medications that may be ineffective and possibly harmful, according to a review of research related to women and pain by the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®).

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BIDMC Study Suggests Worsening Trends in Headache Management

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BOSTON – Each year more than 12 million Americans visit their doctors complaining of headaches, which result in lost productivity and costs of upward of $31 billion annually. A new study by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) suggests some of that cost could be offset by physicians ordering fewer tests and an increased focus on counseling about lifestyle changes.

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American Migraine Foundation Seeks to Speed Research Discoveries Through First-Ever Migraine Patient Registry & Biorepository

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The American Migraine Foundation seeks to create the first Migraine Patient Registry and Biorepository – an international database of information on every person who has migraine, along with a collection of physical samples of saliva, blood and other genetic materials and biological fluids, and brain images – all of which can be used when conducting migraine research.

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Limit Imaging Scans for Headache? Neurosurgeons Raise Concerns

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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.