Self-Motion Perception Is Sensitized in Vestibular Migraine: Pathophysiologic and Clinical Implications

Vestibular migraine (VM) is the most common cause of spontaneous vertigo but remains poorly understood. We investigated the hypothesis that central vestibular pathways are sensitized in VM by measuring self-motion percep...
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FDA Approves Abbott's "Low Dose," Recharge-Free Spinal Cord Stimulation System with up to Ten Year Battery Life for People Living with Chronic Pain

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the company's Proclaim XR™ recharge-free neurostimulation system for people living with chronic pain. The Proclaim XR platform o...
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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy for Post-Operative Pain Following Orthopedic Surgery

The primary objective of this study is to prospectively determine, at 10 days after orthopedic shoulder or knee surgery, if pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is beneficial in reducing patient-reported post-operative pain, as measured by visual analog scale (VAS). The amount of pain medication taken daily and the physical function outcome scores after surgery and PEMF treatment will also be measured. e

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Innovative Addiction Treatments Hold Promise for Stemming the Opioid Crisis

In a report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest , scientists in health behavior, neuroscience, pain management, and addiction describe advances in brain science that can explain an individual's vuln...
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Physical Therapy Access May Reduce Opioid Prescriptions

Now, a new School of Public Health study finds that patients who first saw a primary care physician (PCP) for low back pain were 79 percent more likely to use prescription opioids than patients who first went to a chirop...
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Medical Device Safety in the Real World: Tapping EHR Data

Before any medical device reaches the market, it has to meet certain safety standards set by the Food and Drug Administration. But these standards are just a first step -- any number of things can happen when the devices hit the clinic.

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Inflammation Amps Up Neurite Growth, Gene Expression Involved in Heat, Cold Sensitivity

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that inflammation increases neuronal activity, gene expression and sensory nerve (neurite) outgrowth in neurons involved in thermal – but not physical– sensatio...
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AMA Responds to Walmart’s “Refusal to Fill” Policy

The American Medical Association (AMA) continues to express its concerns over Walmart's corporate prescription opioid restriction policy in its recent letter to Walmart's Chief Medical and Analytics Officer. The new policy limit opioid prescriptions to seven days or 50 morphine milligram equivalents (MME) has caused harm to patients with acute, palliative, cancer-related, chronic pain and other medical conditions requiring amounts or doses greater than the corporate policy. According to the AMA, "this policy has disrupted legitimate medical practices that receive form letters telling them their prescribing rights under state law will be superseded by a Walmart-created algorithm that deems a physician unfit to prescribe."

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Understanding the CMS Proposal for Opioid Treatment Services

AAPM members have asked about the impact on their practices of the CMS proposal for opioid treatment services. Starting January 1, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to pay Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) medications, toxicology testing, and counseling, when given to people with Medicare Part B.

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CDC, States Update Number of Cases of Lung Injury Associated with E-cigarette Use, or Vaping

CDC Media Statement: CDC today announced the updated number of confirmed and probable cases of lung injury and deaths associated with e-cigarette product use, or vaping. Full story.  
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