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First Clinical Guidelines in Canada for Pain Following Spinal Cord Injury

Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute are the first in Canada to develop clinical practice guidelines for managing neuropathic pain with patients who have experienced a spinal cord injury (SCI).

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'Pain Paradox' Discovery Provides Route to New Pain Control Drugs

A natural substance known to activate pain in the central nervous system has been found to have the opposite effect in other parts of the body, potentially paving the way to new methods of pain control.

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Study Shows Pain Often Improves in Older Veterans

Older military veterans frequently show improvements in pain intensity over time. However, opioids, some mental health conditions and certain pain diagnoses are associated with lower likelihood of improvement, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain.

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Study Shows Distress Intolerance Associated with Opioid Misuse

Inability to manage negative emotional and somatic stress is associated with opioid misuse in adults with chronic pain, according to new research reported in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society,

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Treating Pain Without Feeding Addiction: Study Shows Promise of Non-Drug Pain Management

A new study shows the potential for patients who have both addiction issues and chronic pain to be helped by an approach that combines behavioral therapy and social support to help them manage their pain without medications that themselves pose an addiction risk.

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New Treatment for Low Back Pain: Minimally Invasive Procedure Receives FDA Clearance

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It’s the most common reason people go to their doctors – back pain. Eighty percent of adults will experience low back pain some time in their lives. In fact, chronic low back pain affects nearly one-third of the nation’s population. Now a minimally invasive, nerve ablating procedure, recently cleared by the FDA, might give some people with chronic low back pain a new treatment option.

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Americans Speak Out in Overwhelming Opposition to VA Policy Risking Veterans’ Lives

Veterans and the public have spoken in overwhelming opposition against a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed policy that would lower the standard of care in VA medical facilities and jeopardize Veterans’ lives by removing physician anesthesiologists from the operating room.

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Scientists Use Already-Approved Drugs to Force Cancer Cell Death, How to Decide if Watchful Waiting Is the Right Choice, Some Adolescent Cancer Survivors May Require More Comprehensive Mental Health Screening, and MORE in the Cancer News Source

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Chronic Low Back Pain Linked to Higher Rates of Illicit Drug Use

People living with chronic low back pain (cLBP) are more likely to use illicit drugs—including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine—compared to those without back pain, reports a study in Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Doctors of Chiropractic Provide Alternative to Opioids for Pain Management

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During National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will build on its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the value of a conservative approach to pain management in the face of the U.S. opioid epidemic with the theme and hashtag #Chiropractic1st.

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Doubling Up to Fight Pain

Combining 2 drugs used to treat fibromyalgia safely improves patient outcomes, according to researcher Ian Gilron.

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Help Students Avoid the ‘Pain’ of Back-to-School

Today’s students are susceptible to a range of musculoskeletal injuries, such as neck and back pain, as a result of some of the equipment and devices they frequently use: backpacks, smartphones and other mobile devices. As the end of summer approaches, parents can help their children avoid the “aches and pains” of going back to school by providing some practical advice, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

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Cutting Nerves During Breast Cancer Surgery Is Associated with Chronic Pain

The research team conducted a systematic review that analyzed 30 observational studies that enrolled 20,000 women undergoing surgery for breast cancer. Analysis of this data suggested that disruption of sensory nerves in the axilla (armpit) as lymph nodes are removed is associated with the development of chronic pain.

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New Pain-Free Film Shows Evidence of Improved Wound Healing and Reduced Scarring

Film effectively closes dermal wounds and promotes healing, providing a new treatment option

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Research Brings New Understanding of Chronic Inflammatory Disease

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Research from life scientists at The University of Manchester has shone new light on the way cells tune in to different inflammatory signals to understand what is happening in the body.

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Does Chronic Pain Run in Families?

Can an increased risk of chronic pain be transmitted from parents to children? Several factors may contribute, including genetics, effects on early development, social learning, and more according to a report in the journal PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Chronic Pain Costs Are High to Ontario Health Care System and to Individual Patients

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Costs of patients who develop chronic post-surgical pain could range from $2.5 million to $4.1 million a year, in one Ontario hospital alone, according to a study in Pain Management.

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NYU’s Bluestone Center Awarded $1.2M from NIH to Investigate Gene Delivery for the Treatment of Oral Cancer Pain

Gene therapy is emerging as an exciting alternative to opioids for the treatment of cancer pain. The NYU researchers seek to alleviate oral cancer pain by reversing epigenetic changes, and using gene therapy, set the stage for a new class of medicines that selectively disrupt nociceptive signaling with fewer off-target effects.

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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.