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Twin Study Lends New Insights into Link between Back Pain and Depression

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Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins in the March issue of PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Study Examines Pain Education in Physical Therapy Schools

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A study published in The Journal of Pain showed that just 2 of 3 accredited physical therapy (PT) schools surveyed believe their students receive adequate education in pain management.

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Study Shows Meditation Can Reduce Chronic Neck Pain

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Meditation might be an effective treatment for reducing chronic neck pain, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain.

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Study Assesses Link of Preexisting Mental Disorders with Chronic Headaches

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A new study published in The Journal of Pain reports an association between a broad range of pre-existing mental disorders and subsequent onset of severe or frequent headaches.

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History of Substance Abuse Predicts Misuse of Therapeutic Opioids

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Research reported in The Journal of Pain showed there is significant linkage between non-opioid substance abuse disorders, such as misuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, and therapeutic opioid abuse.

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Most Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease May Experience Long-Term Pain

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• In a study of patients with pre-dialysis chronic kidney disease, most patients reported chronic pain. • More severe pain was linked with both proper and improper use of pain medications.

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New Scoring System Helps Predict Risk of Chronic Pain After Surgery

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There are many variables that contribute to a patient’s risk of chronic pain after surgery; however, until recently, physicians had no way to systematically identify those variables prior to surgery.

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New Hope in the Fight Against Pain

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An international study led by scientists at McGill University reports, for the first time, that drugs that selectively target the melatonin MT2 receptor represent a novel class of analgesic drugs that could be used to treat patients with neuropathic pain.

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About Face: Finding Relief for Searing Facial Pain

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If you’ve ever experienced intense, acute pain, you know what a relief it is when the pain finally subsides. But what if the pain doesn’t go away? It was a question to which Charles Schofield was determined to find an answer.

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Opioid Pain Reliever Abuse Called a Top 5 Public Health Challenge

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“The rise in opioid consumption has resulted in a doubling in visits to the emergency department for nonmedical OPR use but I also see patients who make errors with medications they are legitimately supposed to be taking,” says Megan Rech, emergency medicine pharmacist, Loyola University Health System. Loyola, an academic medical center, has a dedicated pharmacist with expertise specific to the Emergency Department.