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Chiropractic Physicians Call for Conservative Treatments for Pain Management Amid Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

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During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will work with thousands of doctors of chiropractic (DCs), chiropractic assistants (CAs) and chiropractic doctoral students nationwide to bring attention to the public health crisis caused by pain, and in particular the overuse of prescription painkillers, with this year’s theme #PainFreeNation.

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New Therapy Delivers Long-Term Relief for Chronic Back, Leg Pain, Study Finds

According to a study published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), patients who received a novel high frequency form of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy experienced significantly greater, long-term relief for both chronic back and leg pain, when compared to a traditional low frequency form of SCS therapy.

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Six Reasons for Headaches in School-Age Children and How Parents Can Help Relieve the Pain

As the school year approaches and begins, many parents may start to hear their children complain about headaches.

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Stillbirth and Late Termination of Pregnancy—Women in 'Agonizing' Situations Need 'Empathic, Supportive Care'

Stillbirth or late termination of pregnancy due to severe fetal anomalies is a heartbreaking event for women and families—and one that poses challenges for all members of the healthcare team as they seek to provide empathic and supportive care, according to a special article in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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U.S. South Asians More Reluctant to Seek Medication for Pain

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When compared with other ethnicities, Asians are the most unsatisfied with the health care they received in the United States, previous research has shown. This dissatisfaction with health care partly is caused by health practices in the U.S. clashing with the practices Asian patients and families may be more used to experiencing overseas. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that health care providers perceive South Asians living in the U.S. to be more reluctant than other ethnicities to report pain as well as seek medications to treat the pain they experience near the end of their lives. Researchers say this finding provides an opportunity for health care professionals to deliver better culturally responsive care to South Asian patients and their families.

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Can Migraine Increase Your Risk of Stroke?

New research suggests older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, but only if they are smokers. The study is published in the July 22, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Acupuncture Impacts Same Biologic Pathways in Rats that Pain Drugs Target in Humans

In animal models, acupuncture appears to impact the same biologic pathways ramped up by pain and stress, analogous to what drugs do in humans. The researchers say their animal study provides the strongest evidence to date on the mechanism of this ancient Chinese therapy in chronic stress.

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Poverty and Child Development, Race and Heart Health, Pot to Treat Pain, and More Top Stories 21 July 2015

Other topics include genetics to predict prostate cancer, Facebook and body image, bioengineered immune cell response, and more...

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Inhaled Cannabis Shown Effective for Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

New research reported in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society (www.americanpainsociety.org, shows that inhaled cannabis reduces diabetic neuropathy and the analgesic effect is dose-dependent.

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Many Opioid Overdoses Linked to Lower Prescribed Doses, Intermittent Use

Overdoses of opioid pain medications frequently occur in people who aren't chronic users with high prescribed opioid doses—the groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines, reports a study in the August issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.