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New Ultrasound Training Goals for Anesthesiology-Critical Care Specialists

Ultrasound has become an essential tool for diagnostic and procedural uses in the critical care environment. The May issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia outlines a new set of basic ultrasound learning skills developed specifically for use in anesthesiology-critical care medicine (ACCM) training programs.

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The Medical Minute: How to Know Whether Ice or Heat Will Ease the Pain

To ice or not to ice -- that is the question. Or maybe the real issue is to heat or not to heat?

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Ongoing Trial May Lead to Better Understanding of Oral Mucositis, a Debilitating Side Effect Affecting Many Cancer Patients

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New WVU Study Combines Arthritis Meds to Better Alleviate Pain

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A mixture of over-the-counter medicine and experimental drugs could be just what the doctor ordered to provide more effective pain relief for arthritis sufferers.

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Psychological Predictors Can Identify Children at Risk for Higher Pain Intensity After Surgery

Psychosocial risk factors, such as sleep duration, anxiety and parental fears, can be important predictors for identifying children most likely to experience higher pain intensity, delayed recovery and impaired quality of life following surgery, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain published by the American Pain Society.

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SLU Researchers Show that A3 Adenosine Receptor Can Activate “Off Signals” for Pain

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Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical attention, but the available treatments are not always successful at relieving pain in patients with chronic pain. Saint Louis University researchers found that drugs targeting the A3 adenosine receptor can “turn off” pain signals in the spinal cord to provide relief from chronic pain.

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A Statement Regarding the National Pain Strategy

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) applauds the release of the draft National Pain Strategy (NPS) for public review. Long overdue, the report addresses key target areas including: public awareness and clinical education, access to better care, research into new treatment options, and gathering data on the prevention and treatment of pain.

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Trending Stories Report for 14 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: organic chemistry, cybercrime, pancreatic cancer research from Mayo Clinic, diabetes, pediatrics, new cancer treatment in development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, pain medicine research from the Ohio State University, marijuana in the workplace, and stem cells

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Penn Medicine Pain Management Study Reveals Patient Confusion about Opioid Addiction

Emergency department patients have misperceptions about opioid dependence and want more information about their pain management options, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that patients seen in the emergency department for acute pain expressed a desire for better communication from physicians about their pain management options, along with discussion of the risks of opioid dependence.

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Your Pain Reliever May Also Be Diminishing Your Joy

Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions.