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Back Pain, Back Pain Treatment, Bed Rest, Physical Activity

Low Back Pain Is No Reason to Stay in Bed

“Normal daily activity seems to be the best way for patients with low-back pain to get better,” says the lead author of an updated review.

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thoracic outlet syndrome, Botox, Wrinkles, pain, nerve compression

Botox Eases Nerve Pain in Certain Patients

Made popular for its ability to smooth wrinkles when injected into the face, Botox — a toxin known to weaken or paralyze certain nerves and muscles — may have another use that goes beyond the cosmetic.

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electrical shock, Operating Room, interruptible power supply, ground fault circuit interrupters, OR, Anesthesia & Analgesia, International Anesthesia Research Society

Nurse's Electrical Shock Shows Need for Change in OR Safety Policies

A frightening electrical injury to an operating room nurse highlights the need to update electrical safety policies for the operating room, according to the June issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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Breast Cancer, Mastectomy, Analgesia, ketorolac, Cancer Recurrence, Nsaid, Anesthesia & Analgesia, International Anesthesia Research Society, Cancer

Pain Medication Lowers Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk

Women who receive one common pain drug during mastectomy are less likely to develop recurrent breast cancer in the years following surgery, suggests a study in the June issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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Cirrhosis, Liver Disease

Review of Pain Management Practices for Cirrhosis Patients

In the May issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, physician experts review current practices for pain management in cirrhotic patients. The physician experts reviewed all current literature available on PubMed and MEDLINE with no limits in the search to recommend a uniform and practical guide to approaching analgesia in the cirrhotic patients.

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New Criteria Proposed for Diagnosing Fibromyalgia Suggests No Longer Focusing on Tender Points

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is proposing a new set of diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia that replaces the tender point test with a ratings system that includes common symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, and cognitive problems, as well as pain. The new criteria are published in the May issue of the ACR journal Arthritis Care & Research.

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Spine Surgery, Spinal Surgery, Back Pain, lumbar spinal fusion, microendoscopic spinal surgery, minimally-invasive scoliosis surgery, minimally-invasive spinal tumor resection, Vertebroplasty, thoracolumbar burst fractures, vertebral column tumors, spinal biomechanics

Challenging Minimally-Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Performed

Designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, this procedure is traditionally performed via a large incision on the back, stripping vital muscles away from the spine.

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Psychological Influences Predict Chronic Pain Following Orthopedic Injuries

A team of Australian researchers writing in The Journal of Pain reported that psychological factors, such as pessimism about recovery and depression, are major predictors of chronic pain in trauma patients.

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pain assessment

McGill-UBC Project Creates Mouse Grimace Scale to Help Identify Pain in Humans and Animals

A new study by researchers from McGill University and the University of British Columbia shows that mice, like humans, express pain through facial expressions.

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Multi-Symptom Pain Disorders Plague Returning Service Men and Women

Nine in 10 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans return with some form of pain and about 60 percent have significant pain, mainly from the cumulative effect of exposure to recurring blasts which cause unimaginable injuries, according to prominent VA pain clinicians speaking at the American Pain Society’s www.ampainsoc.org. annual scientific meeting







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