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Functional MRI May Help Identify New, Effective Painkillers for Chronic Pain Sufferers

New research may allow new, more effective and safer pain medications to reach patients who suffer from chronic pain sooner.

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Meditation Eases Pain, Anxiety and Fatigue During Breast Cancer Biopsy

Meditation eases anxiety, fatigue and pain for women undergoing breast cancer biopsies, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. They also found that music is effective, but to a lesser extent.

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Receptors Inside Nerve Cells May Be a Key to Controlling Pain

In real estate, location is key. It now seems the same concept holds true when it comes to stopping pain.New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and McGill University in Montreal indicates that the location of receptors that transmit pain signals is important in how big or small a pain signal will be and how effectively drugs can block those signals.

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'How Much Does It Hurt?' For Preschoolers, Cognitive Development Can Limit Ability to Rate Pain

"Rate your pain on a scale of zero to ten"—for most adults and older children, it's a simple concept. But preschool-aged children generally lack the cognitive skills needed to make reliable pain ratings, according to an article 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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Location May Be Key to Effectively Controlling Pain

In real estate, location is key. It now seems the same concept holds true when it comes to stopping pain. New research published in Nature Communications indicates that the location of receptors that transmit pain signals is important in how big or small a pain signal will be -- and therefore how effectively drugs can block those signals.

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The Dose Makes the Poison: Opioid Overdose Study Supports Call for Caution in Prescription Levels

When it comes to prescription painkillers, the difference between controlling pain and dying from an overdose may come down to how strong a prescription the doctor wrote, according to a new study in veterans. And the threshold for safe prescribing may be lower than most people think – or than most guidelines recommend.

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Study Assesses Impact of Opioid Risk Reduction Initiatives

New research on opioid prescribing in Washington State reports that a health plan initiative to change shared expectations of physicians regarding clinically appropriate drug levels for long-term management of chronic pain achieved significantly greater reductions in opioid dosing. The study appears in The Journal of Pain, the peer reviewed publication of the American Pain Society.

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Chronic Pain Changes Our Immune Systems

Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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New Findings Point to Central Nervous System Role in Painful Diabetic Peripheral Nerve Disease

Emerging evidence suggests that the central nervous system (CNS) is a key contributor to the problem of painful peripheral nerve disease in people with diabetes, according to a special article in the February issue of 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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Updated Clinical Practice Guideline Issued on Chiropractic Care for Low Back Pain

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT), the official scientific journal of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), published an update to a previously issued evidence-based clinical practice guideline on chiropractic management of low-back pain (LBP). The update, which revised and combined three previous guidelines, supports that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are well-suited to diagnose, treat, co-manage and manage the treatment of patients with low-back disorders.

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Societies Release Recommendations for Diagnosing Chest Pain in the Emergency Department

New document outlines appropriate use of diagnostic imaging.

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Study Assesses Long-Term Impact of Post-Surgical Pain in Children

Children who still have moderate to severe post-operative pain one month after a surgical procedure are at risk for deterioration of their health-related quality of life, according to research reported in The Journal of Pain, the peer-reviewed publication of the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org.

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Migraines Worsen as Women Approach Menopause

Migraine headaches heat up as women approach menopause, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC), Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Vedanta Research. The findings were published online this week in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, a publication of the American Headache Society.

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Chiropractic Physicians Applaud CDC's Draft Guideline for Opioid Prescribing

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), in recent comments submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the draft Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, commends the agency for recommending the use of conservative forms of pain management as an initial treatment option.

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American Society of Anesthesiologists hosts PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2016, Jan. 29-31, San Diego

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) will host PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2016, a three-day meeting for its members and practice management staff. The media are invited to attend.

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A Broken Bone May Lead to Widespread Body Pain – Not Just at the Site of the Fracture

Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new Southampton study has found.

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Racial Bias May Be Conveyed by Doctors' Body Language

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Physicians give less compassionate nonverbal cues when treating seriously ill black patients compared with their white counterparts, a small University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine trial revealed. It is the first to look at such interactions in a time-pressured, end-of-life situation.

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Ending Chronic Pain with New Drug Therapy

A brain region controlling whether we feel happy or sad, as well as addiction, is remodeled by chronic pain, reports a new study. And in a significant breakthrough, scientists have developed a new treatment that restores this region and dramatically lessens pain symptoms in an animal model. The new treatment combines two FDA-approved drugs: a Parkinson’s drug, L-dopa, and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These drugs target affected brain circuits and completely eliminate chronic pain behavior.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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