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Rural Health, Healthcare, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National 4-H Council, Appalachia, Health Disparities, Racial Disparities, Prevention, Health Policy

Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities

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Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

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Virtual Reality Applications, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Medical Procedures

Can Virtual Reality Be Used to Manage Pain at a Pediatric Hospital?

In a study conducted to determine if virtual reality (VR) can be effectively used for pain management during medical procedures such as blood draw, findings showed that VR significantly reduced patients’ and parents’ perception of acute pain, anxiety and general distress during the procedure.

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Physiology, Vascular Physiology, Red Cell Physiology, Stress, fear, Blood Vessel Constriction, Sickle Cell Disease, Hemoglobin, Red Blood Cell, Thrombosis, Occlusion

Stress, Fear of Pain May Be Cause of Painful Sickle Cell Episodes

Mental stress and the anticipation of pain may cause blood vessels to narrow and trigger episodes of severe pain (vaso-occlusive crisis, or VOC) in sickle cell disease (SCD). A team of researchers from California will present their findings today at the American Physiological Society’s Physiological and Pathophysiological Consequences of Sickle Cell Disease conference in Washington, D.C.

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Axial spondyloarthropathy (axSpA) , spondyloarthritis, ACR annual meeting, Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, MRI Imaging, Back Pain

Positive Sacroiliac MRI Scans Often Observed Among Healthy People and Frequent Runners

While MRI scans of the sacroiliac joints positive for inflammation are not always specific in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), their prevalence in healthy individuals demonstrates the importance of additional diagnostic measures for axSpA.

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ACR annual meeting, Opioids, antidepressant drugs , Ssris, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fracture Risk, DMARDs

Opioids & Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Opioids and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, a widely used group of antidepressants, are both associated with higher risk of osteoporotic fractures for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to new research findings presented at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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ACR annual meeting, osteoarthitis, Osteoarthritis Pain, Opioid, spine osteoarthritis, Chronic Pain

Spine Osteoarthritis Patients & Those Under 65 More Likely to Use Opioids to Manage Pain

A large percentage of patients with end-stage knee, hip and spine osteoarthritis use opioids to manage their chronic pain, especially those who are younger or have symptoms of depression, according to new research findings presented this week at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

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Radiofrequency Ablation, Chronic Low Back Pain, lumbar facet joints, ASRA, #ASRAFall17

Research Identifies Factors Associated With Successful Radiofrequency Ablation of Lumbar Facet Joints

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified patient attributes associated with better outcomes from radiofrequency ablation of lumbar facet joints. Lumbar facet problems account for 25% of chronic low back pain.

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Multiple Pain Medicine Techniques Found to Reduce Pain and Need for Opioids Following Knee Replacement Surgery

According to research published in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, using more than one type of pain medicine to target different pain pathways has been shown to decrease pain while reducing side effects of knee replacement surgery.

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Flu Season, Flu Shots, flu, Influenza, pain, fear, Anxiety, Needles, fear of needles, UCLA health, UCLA Health System, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Occupational Health

Squeamish About Shots? Some Advice for Flu Vaccination Season

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It’s human nature to be afraid of pain. UCLA Health offers advice on how to get through the flu shot.

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What’s Snow Got to Do with It? Most Elderly Hip Fractures Occur in Warm Months and Indoors

Think the shorter winter days, ice and snow put your older loved one at greater risk for a fall and broken hip? Think again. A preliminary study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting shows that the majority of falls occur during warm months, and a greater number of the falls happen indoors rather than out.







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