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Drug Believed to Reduce Postoperative Pain and Delirium Does Neither

Anesthesiologists routinely give surgery patients low doses of the drug ketamine to blunt postoperative pain and reduce the need for opioid drugs. Recent research even has suggested ketamine might protect older patients from postsurgical delirium and confusion. But an international, multicenter trial, led by investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Michigan, has found that ketamine does neither.

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Study: Ketamine Doesn’t Affect Delirium or Pain After Surgery

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A new study, with an accompanying article, published today in The Lancet sought to discover what effect ketamine has on delirium and pain — two serious postoperative complications.

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opioid abuse, Opioid Abuse Epidemic, Opiod Pain Medications, urologic surgery, Prostate Cancer Surgery, kidney stone surgery

Study Documents Opioid Abuse Following Urologic Surgery

About 1 in 1,111 patients who undergo urologic surgery experience opioid dependence or overdose, a Loyola Medicine study has found. Patients at highest risk were younger, underwent inpatient surgery, had longer hospital stays, were on Medicaid or Medicare or had a history of depression or COPD.

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Hip Replacement, Hip Replacement Surgery, Pain Managament, pain control, Acetaminophen, Opiod Pain Medications, Opiods, Joint Replacement

Study Launched to See if IV Acetaminophen Can Reduce Need for Opioid Medication After Hip Replacement Surgery

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Hospital for Special Surgery has launched a study to see if intravenous (IV) acetaminophen can reduce the amount of opioid pain medicine needed after hip replacement surgery.

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Avoid Pain on Your Travels This Summer

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American Chiropractic Association offers tips to avoid muscle soreness when traveling

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Opioid Abuse and Overdose: How Toxicologists Are Addressing This Public Health Crisis

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With increasing reports of and concerns about opioid abuse, there are actions toxicologists can take to help prevent and treat the problem.

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University of Kentucky Researchers Help Victims of Violence Manage Chronic Pain with Mobile App for Breathing Techniques

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By providing UK Orofacial Pain Clinic patients with a smartphone application that teaches diaphragmatic breathing, a team from the UK Center for Research on Violence Against Women hypothesizes victims of sexual and physical violence will learn to regulate their body’s sympathetic (flight or fight) tone and manage their pain.

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Wearable Devices Communicate Vital Brain Activity Information

What can we learn about emotions, the brain and behavior from a wristband? Plenty, according to a prominent MIT engineer and researcher in her plenary session address at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, www.americanpainsociety.org.

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Practical Clinical Trials Can Help Find Alternatives to Opioids

Pressures on primary care doctors to move away from opioid pain management are increasing, but practitioners need practical, evidence-based information on how to employ multidisciplinary pain care successfully in everyday clinical practice. A senior investigator for Kaiser Permanente, speaking at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Conference, believes wider use of practical clinical trials and more emphasis on patient self-management are key solutions for achieving wider use of multidisciplinary pain care to improve patient function and help lower use and misuse of opioids.

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gout, gout diagnosis, Hospital For Special Surgery

Patient Education a Key Factor in Controlling Painful Gout

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Gout is a highly treatable disease. The problem is that many patients stop taking their medication when they feel better, leaving themselves susceptible to painful flare-ups. Patient education is important to ensure that they stick to their treatment regimen, according to rheumatologists at Hospital for Special Surgery.







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