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Lower Back Pain, Neurosurgery, Reseach

Study on Disc Degeneration Could Revolutionize Treatment Options for Lower Back Pain

New research detailing the molecular mechanisms involved in the breakdown of the soft tissue discs of the spine has the potential to help millions suffering the debilitating back pain, and may provide opportunities for advanced, minimally invasive treatments.

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American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, Pittsburgh, May 17-20

The American Pain Society (APS), www.americanpainsociety.org, will host its 36th Annual Scientific Meeting May 17-20 at the Pittsburgh Convention Center. APS is the leading multidisciplinary professional society in the United States dedicated to advancing pain-related research, education, treatment and team-oriented professional practice.

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Veterans, miilitary, Opioids, Drug Abuse, Iraq, Afganistan

Afghanistan and Iraq Veterans’ Opioid Use Similar to That of Civilians

A new study by RTI International and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, published in Pain suggests that opioid use among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) veterans is roughly comparable to that of the general U.S. population.

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Anesthesiology, Surgery, Opioids, Methadone, Pain Medicine, Postoperative Pain

Methadone May Reduce Need for Opioids After Surgery

Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery who are treated with methadone during the procedure require significantly less intravenous and oral opioids to manage postoperative pain, reports a new study published in the May issue of Anesthesiology.

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wisdom teeth, dry socket, Mouth Pain

Dry Socket: A Common—and Painful—Complication of Wisdom Teeth Surgery

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Having wisdom teeth surgery can be a real pain, but if your healing regimen goes awry, you can find yourself in a world of hurt. An expert from the Texas A&M College of Dentistry explains this uncomfortable complication and how to avoid it.

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total joint arthroplasty, Joint Replacement, Metal sensitization, pain

Women More Sensitized Than Men to Metal Used in Joint Replacement

Why are women at higher risk of complications after total hip or knee replacement surgery? An increased rate of hypersensitivity to the metals contained in joint implants might be a contributing factor, suggests a study in the April 19 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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opioid abuse, Drug Abuse, Chronic Pain, Christopher J. Burnett, Addiction

The Difficult Choices: Managing Chronic Pain While Avoiding Opioid Abuse

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Rather than being considered a miracle pill that magically takes away pain, prescription opioids are increasingly being seen as a precursor to heroin addiction and the cause of potentially deadly overdoses themselves.

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Steroid, Corticosteroids, Back Pain, Bronchitis, Allergies, Sepsis

Common Drugs, Uncommon Risks? Higher Rate of Serious Problems Seen in Adults Who Take Short-Term Steroids

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People taking corticosteroids for short-term relief were more likely to break a bone, have a potentially dangerous blood clot or suffer a life-threatening bout of sepsis in the months after their treatment, compared with similar adults who didn’t use the drugs, a new study finds.

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Both Too Much, Too Little Weight Tied to Migraine

Both obesity and being underweight are associated with an increased risk for migraine, according to a meta-analysis published in the April 12, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The researchers looked at all available studies on body mass index (BMI) and migraine.

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Opioid, Surgery, Prescription, pain, Post-Surgical Care

From Opioid-Free to Long-Term User, in One Operation: Study Shows Key Role of Surgery

Having surgery always comes with risks. But a new study suggests a new one to add to the usual list: the risk of becoming a long-term opioid user. About 6 percent of people who hadn’t been taking opioids before their operation, but were prescribed the drugs to ease their post-surgery pain, were still getting the drugs three to six months later, the study finds.







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