The Lancet Series on Low Back Pain

Source: The Lancet The Lancet publishes three papers on low back pain, by an international group of authors led by Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, which address the issues around the di...
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Chronic Pain Impairs Cognitive Flexibility and Engages Novel Learning Strategies in Rats

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Effect of Tai Chi Versus Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia: Comparative Effectiveness Randomized Controlled Trial

[Source: BMJ] Abstract: Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of tai chi interventions compared with aerobic exercise, a current core standard treatment in patients with fibromyalgia, and to test whether the effecti...
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Certain Pain Medications Linked to Increased Heart Risks

Source: Wiley, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with an 18% increased risk of atrial fibrillation -- an irregular, often rapid heart rate -- in ...
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College Education Linked to Opioid Misuse among Baby Boomers

Source: University of Buffalo The more educated a member of the baby boomer generation, the more likely they are to misuse prescription opioids, according to new research from the University at Buffalo. Full story...

New Medicare Card Transition Begins April 1

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: March 21, 2018 CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in April 2018. The MBI on the new card is effective immediately...
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Bonipar for Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

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Pre-Operative Chronic Opioid Therapy: A Risk Factor for Complications, Readmission, Continued Opioid Use and Increased Costs after One- and Two-Level Posterior Lumbar Fusion

Source: Spine Abstract: Study Design: Retrospective, economic analysis. Objective: To study patient profile associated with preoperative chronic opioid therapy (COT), and study COT as a risk factor for 90-day complicatio...
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Weight Loss After Stomach-Narrowing Surgery Eases Chronic Knee Pain

Source: NYU Langone Health A new report finds that extremely obese people who have a band surgically strapped around their stomachs to restrict food intake not only lose weight but also suffer less from arthritic knee pa...
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Minimally Invasive Treatment Reduces Knee Pain and Disability from Osteoarthritis

Source: Society of Interventional Radiology A nonsurgical treatment could improve quality of life for patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis, according to new research presented today at the Society of Interventio...
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