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UVA Slashes Opioid Use While Improving Pain Scores, Study Finds

A study of more than 100,000 surgical cases at University of Virginia Health System found patients’ pain scores improved even as doctors gave fewer opioids. As health officials across the U.S. look for ways to combat a opioid addiction crisis, UVA researchers believe their findings highlight one way to address the problem.

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Orthopaedic Surgeon Corrects Rare Leg Deformity Called Miserable Malalignment Syndrome

A rare condition called miserable malalignment syndrome involves an abnormal rotation of the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone) or both the femur and tibia. The condition, which can cause pain in the knees and other joints, can be corrected with surgery.

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Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Oxycodone, RGS9-2, Chronic Pain, brain reward center, Analgesia, Mu Opioid, opioid receptor signaling, opioid receptors, acute pain, Morphine, Neuropathic Pain

Key Signaling Protein Associated with Addiction Controls the Actions of Oxycodone in Pain-Free and Chronic Pain States

RGS9-2, a key signaling protein in the brain known to play a critical role in the development of addiction-related behaviors, acts as a positive modulator of oxycodone reward in both pain-free and chronic pain states

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Association Between Eating Hot Peppers and Decreased Mortality, 20 Minutes of Exercise Can Act as Anti-Inflammatory, A Fly Model to Understand the Mechanisms Underlying Human Obesity, and More in the Obesity News Source

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"Mysterious" Non-Protein-Coding RNAs Play Important Roles in Gene Expression, NCI-Designated Cancer Centers Endorse Updated HPV Vaccination Recommendations, and More in the Cancer News Source

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National VA Effort Reduced Risky Opioid Prescriptions for Veterans, Study Finds

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Fewer veterans received prescriptions for risky dosages of opioid painkillers after a national VA initiative took aim at reducing high doses and potentially dangerous drug combinations, a new study finds. Over a two-year period, high-dose opioid prescribing declined by 16 percent, and very-high-dose opioid prescribing dropped by 24 percent.

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Specialized Pharmacies Satisfy Unmet Security Need for Preventing Pain Medication Misuse

In Colorado and other states, establishing specialized controlled substances pharmacies is proving to be a workable and practical solution to help prevent medication abuse and assure that legitimate pain patients will continue to receive the medication they need.

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Back Pain, Back Pain Treatment, Orthopaedics, Orthopedics

The Medical Minute: Taking Control of Back Pain

About 80 percent of the population will experience at least one significant episode of back pain in their lifetime. When it happens, most people first want to know how to feel better, then how to prevent a recurrence.

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation, Vagus Nerve, Vagus Nerve Stimulator, kilohertz frequency, virtual vagotomy, Inflammatory And Autoimmune Diseases, Inflammatory Arthritis, Inflammatory, IN, autoimmunde disorders, Inflammatory Bowel Disorder, Crohn's Diease, afferent , efferent

Buzzing the Vagus Nerve Just Right to Fight Inflammatory Disease

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Electrical vagus nerve stimulation can help fight inflammatory diseases like Crohn's or arthritis but can also contribute somewhat to inflammation. Engineers have tweaked the buzz to keep the good effects and minimize those less desirable. Their innovation could be adapted to existing medical devices with relative ease.

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Chronic Pain Grant Will Study Botox® Use in Children With Migraines

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ASRA Member Shalini Shah, MD, of the University of California, Irvine, is the principal investigator of the latest study to be awarded ASRA's Chronic Pain Research Grant.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Risk of Chronic Headache

Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of chronic headache, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The findings were published in Scientific Reports

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Psychiatric Conditions Linked to Increased Risk of Long-Term Opioid Use

A wide range of pre-existing psychiatric and behavioral conditions and the use of psychoactive drugs could be important risk factors leading to long-term use of opioid pain medications, reports a study in 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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Heart Disease, cardiovascular disease risk factors, rotator cuff tendinopathy, Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain Linked to Increased Heart Disease Risk

After all the lifting, hauling and wrapping, worn out gift givers may blame the season’s physical strain for any shoulder soreness they are feeling. It turns out there could be another reason. A new study led by investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine finds that individuals with symptoms that put them at increased risk for heart disease could be more likely to have shoulder problems, including joint pain and rotator cuff injury.

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Latest Analysis From Clarity Science Opera Pain Study Confirms 45% Reduction of Opioid Usage by Using Transdermal Medication

/PRNewswire/ -- Clarity, a global international scientific research company, based in Austin, Texas, announces the latest results of its IRB-approved OPERA study. OPERA (Optimizing Patient Experience and Response to Topical Analgesics) evaluates patient perceptions of pain treatment with the use of FDA-approved topical/transdermal formulations alone or in combination with neuropathic supplements via a patient-reported survey.

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Opioid, Pain Medication, Opioid Addiction, opioid abuse, Primary Care Physicians, medical management

Overcoming the Opioid Crisis in the Primary Care Setting

Through monitoring and dosing guidelines, provider education and training and better alternatives for patient pain management, medical group reduces monthly average of written pain medicine prescriptions by 20 percent, while the number of providers within the medical group grew by 22 percent and the number of patients grew by 12 percent.

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Chest Pains, Emergency Medicine, Research, Emergency Care

How One Minute Could Prevent Unnecessary Hospitalization, Tests for Patients with Low-Risk Chest Pains

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Using a shared decision-making aid to involve patients more in their own care decisions can prevent unnecessary hospitalization or advanced cardiac tests for patients reporting low-risk chest pain — for the cost of about 1 minute of time. So says a study from Mayo Clinic researchers, published online today in The BMJ.

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Scripps Florida Scientists Identify Novel Compound to Alleviate Pain and Itch

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In a new study, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified a possible drug candidate that suppresses pain and itch in animal models.

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FALL, Yard Work, Injury, pain, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Strain, raking, leaf blowers, mulching, Chiropractic, Chiropractors, Chiropractor

Avoid Injuries While Doing Yard Work This Fall

Tips from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) on how to avoid pain and injury while raking and mulching leaves and using blowers and other yard equipment this fall.

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GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wound Repair and Regeneration, Opioid, Opioid use, Chronic Wounds, Wound Healing, Healthcare, Health Care, Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Care, Geriatric Health Care, Pain Managament

New Study Finds Chronic Wound Patients Who Never Receive Opioids Heal Faster

Victoria Shanmugam, M.D., associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, published a study in Wound Repair and Regeneration finding that opioid exposure is associated with reduced likelihood of healing in patients with chronic wounds.

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Opioid Use Drops After Active Treatment, but Most Older Patients with Breast Cancer Continue Treatment for Distress and Anxiety Into Survivorship

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As reported in JNCCN, a recent study from McGill University shows that while opioid use increases during treatment in older patients with breast cancer, most do not continue use into survivorship; however, use of anxiolytics and antidepressants remains high in survivors.







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