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Drug Used to Combat Pain Medication Side Effects May Help with Gastrointestinal Recovery and Shorten Length of Hospital Stay Following Testicular Cancer Surgery

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A drug given to reduce the side effects of strong post-surgery pain medications resulting in a reduced length of hospital stay for patients who have undergone major gastrointestinal or bladder cancer procedures is found to have similar benefit for some patients undergoing surgery for testicular cancer. An investigator at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey explored the impact of alvimopan in those patients who underwent RPLND.

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Dentistry, Cavities, pain, UAB School of Dentistry

New Cavity Treatment Offers No Drilling, No Filling

UAB School of Dentistry is offering patients with cavities between teeth a new, less painful option for treatment in a new clinical trial.

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Chiropractors Offer Alternative to NSAIDs for Back Pain

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People suffering from back pain should consider first trying chiropractic services and other non-drug therapies in light of a new research review that found common over-the-counter and prescription pain medications have limited effectiveness for back pain and raise the risk of side-effects, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

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Renowned Neurologist to Oversee Headache and Migraine Care and Research at NYU Langone

In a concerted effort to help address the unique and complex needs of patients with headaches and migraines, NYU Langone has recruited nationally renowned expert Lawrence Newman, MD, to serve as its new director of the division of Headache Medicine division and as professor (clinical) in the Department of Neurology, where he will lead research and clinical efforts to combat these conditions that can drastically affect a patient’s quality of life.

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Poor and Less Educated Suffer the Most From Chronic Pain

Poorer and less-educated older Americans are more like to suffer from chronic pain than those with greater wealth and more education, but the disparity between the two groups is much greater than previously thought, according to new research by a University at Buffalo medical sociologist.

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National Institutes of Health, NIH, Pain Management, pain management therapies , Pain Treatment, Elderly, Chronic Pain, pain

Georgia State Neuroscientist Receives $1.8 Million NIH Grant to Investigate Pain Treatment for Elderly

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Dr. Anne Murphy, a neuroscientist of Georgia State University, has received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to investigate pain management therapies for people aged 65 or older.

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Pain During Alcohol Withdrawal: Electroacupuncture May Help

Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and electroacupuncture (EA; which combines acupuncture with electrical stimulation) are effective in reducing pain and, possibly, alcohol-withdrawal symptoms. This rodent study investigated whether EA can alleviate hyperalgesia during alcohol withdrawal, potentially reducing the risk of a relapse to drinking, and whether it achieves this effect via action at mu opioid receptors (MORs) located in a brain region called the lateral habenula.

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Comprehensive New Study Finds That Yoga Can Be Helpful for Low Back Pain

Over the course of their lives, about 80 percent of Americans will suffer from back pain at one time or another. For millions of people this pain is chronic. A new study has concluded that yoga may be helpful for low back pain.

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Rotator Cuff Pain? Genetics Might Be to Blame

A new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Las Vegas shows rotator cuff disease might be a heritable trait. Rotator cuff disease is a common disorder that affects 30 to 50 percent of people over the age of 50. The disease often leads to shoulder pain and loss of function. While many think of this as a ‘tear’ due to an injury or sustained over/misuse, some studies suggest genetics might play a role.

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Quicker Treatment of Low Back Pain Leads to Faster Improvement and Lower Healthcare Costs and Utilization

Researchers at the University of Utah have created a new protocol that gives patients with low back pain quicker access to treatment, and this protocol is showing signs of better patient outcomes and lower healthcare costs and utilization, according to research presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.







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