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Article ID: 691048

Commentary: Pain Sufferers – and Physicians – Need Alternatives to Opioids

UT Southwestern Medical Center

As the opioid epidemic continues to spread across the country, Texas is taking some important steps in the battle, from improved monitoring of prescription painkillers to expanded programs to treat addiction.

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13-Mar-2018 3:25 PM EDT
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Article ID: 690856

Virtual Reality: An Escape From Painful and Stressful Medical Treatments

Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

VR has shown promise in several clinical trials assessing its possible utility as a distraction tool to alleviate pain and distress during medical procedures.

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9-Mar-2018 8:55 AM EST
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Article ID: 690618

Study: Pain's Origins May Be Significantly Different in Males and Females

University of Texas at Dallas

New research from The University of Texas at Dallas supports the growing consensus that pain begins differently for men and women at the cellular level.

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6-Mar-2018 11:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 690388

Literacy Deficiencies Restrict Access to Cognitive-Behavioral Pain Therapy

American Pain Society

Although impressive scientific evidence shows that pain self-management programs based on cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) are effective, they would have greater utility and impact if simplified appropriately for persons with below average literacy skills and impaired cognitive function, according to a leading pain psychologist speaking at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit here.

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6-Mar-2018 9:00 PM EST
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Article ID: 690391

Effective Pain Assessments Achieved by Targeting Multiple Pain Mechanisms

American Pain Society

Greater understanding of complex, underlying pain mechanisms, which are different in most pain patients, holds promise to improve the quality and precision of clinical pain assessments and help foster successful treatment outcomes. Roger B. Fillingim, Ph.D. professor at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, today addressed a plenary session at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit, www.americanpainsociety.org, focused on pain mechanisms, which he defined as processes or events that causally contribute to the pain experience.

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6-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EST
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    5-Mar-2018 11:05 AM EST

Article ID: 690386

Post-Surgery Pain Resolution Mechanisms Can Explain Healing Variability

American Pain Society

Chronic pain after surgery is a major health problem but little is known about individual pain experiences and how and why pain usually resolves. A leading pain researcher reported today at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit that recent studies yield clues about mechanisms believed to be responsible for pain resolution variability and how they might be manipulated to speed recovery and diminish likelihood for long-lasting severe pain.

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5-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 690390

Babies Feel Pain Even if They’re Not Crying

American Pain Society

Reliance on behavioral indicators, such as crying, to assess pain in infants underestimates how much pain babies actually feel when they undergo stressful medical procedures. This has long-term implications on brain development and impacts future adult pain sensitivity, according to a British neurobiologist speaking at the American Pain Society Scientific Summit today.

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5-Mar-2018 9:00 AM EST
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    1-Mar-2018 1:30 PM EST

Article ID: 690340

Multimodal Approach to Pain Management Reduces Opioid Use, Prescriptions After Joint Replacement

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A multimodal approach to pain management (using two or more different methods or medications to manage pain) rather than using opioids alone was associated with a decrease in opioid use, opioid prescriptions and common opioid-related complications in patients undergoing total hip or knee replacements.

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1-Mar-2018 10:30 AM EST
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Article ID: 690307

Opioid Crisis Affects Children and Teens Too – Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Outlines Strategies to Reduce Opioid Prescribing

Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Children and adolescents undergoing surgery can be swept up in the ongoing opioid epidemic, according to a review and update in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, official journal of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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28-Feb-2018 4:50 PM EST
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Article ID: 690199

IU Research Suggests Failed Osteoarthritis Drug Could Get New Life as Opioid-Addiction Treatment

Indiana University

A new study from Indiana University suggests that a compound previously tested to treat osteoarthritis pain appears to block neuropathic pain and decrease signs of opioid dependence.

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27-Feb-2018 11:05 AM EST
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