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Electroacupuncture Shows Effects on Pain Perception

Experiments in volunteers confirm that electroacupuncture—applying electrical current to acupuncture needles—has pain-reducing effects, reports a study in the September issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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pain, Medications, Palliative, Opiates, End Of Life, Hospice, Pharmacy

"˜Must-Have' New Medical Book "Demystifies" Switching Pain Meds

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University of Maryland School of Pharmacy's McPherson guides medical professionals through the art and science of managing pain treatments.

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Clinical Trial, Migraine, Orally Inhaled, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Headache

Study Shows Novel, Orally Inhaled Migraine Therapy Effective

A new study conducted at the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shows an investigational, orally-inhaled therapy is effective in treating migraines. The multi-center, phase three FREEDOM-301 trial for the orally-inhaled migraine therapy, LEVADEX, shows study participants had significant relief from symptoms such as pain, nausea and light and sound sensitivity when compared to placebo treatment.

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pain, itch, Itch Prevention, Itch Treatment, Genetics, Nerves, Neurons

Researchers Identify Itch-specific Neurons in Mice, Hope for Better Treatments

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that itch-specific neurons exist in mice, and their studies suggest that itch and pain signals are transmitted along different pathways in the spinal cord. The researchers say they can knock out an animal's itch response without affecting its ability to sense pain.

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pain, Pain Managment, Onsolis, FDA

American Pain Society Urges FDA to Modify Action

In a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the American Pain Society (APS, www.ampainsoc.org) petitioned the agency, on behalf of the terminally ill and their families, to modify a restricted distribution program for the newly approved pain medication Onsolis, a short acting product that delivers fentanyl through the mouth's mucous membranes.

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Neostigmine, Epidural, Labor, Childbirth, Anesthesia, Analgesia, Opioid, Bupivacaine, Fentanyl

Neostigmine Reduces Dose of Epidural Anesthestic Needed During Labor

Adding a drug called neostigmine to epidural analgesia during labor can reduce the amount of anesthetic drug required, while avoiding potential complications caused by morphine-like "opioid" drugs, according to a study in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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MOC-Etomidate: Retaining Beneficial Anesthetic Properties, Reducing Dangerous Side Effects

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a new anesthetic agent, which they think could be a breakthrough in the quest to discover drugs that retain beneficial anesthetic properties while reducing unwanted and occasionally dangerous side effects.

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pain, Acupuncture

East Meets West: Acupuncture Sites Coincide with Myofacial Pain Trigger Points

For centuries, acupuncturists have inserted and manipulated needles at prescribed points to achieve therapeutic benefit, such as pain relief. Research reported in The Journal of Pain shows that ancient acupuncture meridians coincide with known myofacial trigger point regions, as described in the Trigger Point Manual, and may provide potential for novel approaches for treating chronic myofacial pain.

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pain, Pain Management

Study Reports Progress in Infant Pain Control

Australian researchers writing in The Journal of Pain reported there is significant improvement in pain management for hospitalized infants undergoing painful procedures, such as heel lances to draw blood.

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Painkillers, Addiction

Mayo Clinic Proceedings: A Comprehensive Review of Addiction to Prescription Painkillers Among Patients and Physicians

Chemical dependency and recovery in patients and physicians are closely examined in a series of articles and editorials in the July 2009 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.







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