Less is More When it Comes to Prescription Opioids for Hospital Patients, Study Finds

Source: Yale School of Medicine In a pilot study published in JAMA Internal Medicine , Yale researchers significantly reduced doses of opioid painkillers given to hospital patients. By delivering the opioids with a shot ...
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Top-Down Descending Facilitation of Spinal Sensory Excitatory Transmission from the Anterior Cingulate Cortex

Source: Nature Communications Abstract: Spinal sensory transmission is under descending biphasic modulation, and descending facilitation is believed to contribute to chronic pain. Descending modulation from the brainstem...
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Development and Course of Chronic Pain Over 4 Years in the General Population: The HUNT Pain Study

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Acetaminophen Versus IV Hydromorphone for Pain in the Elderly in the ED

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Drosophila Insulin Receptor Regulates the Persistence of Injury-Induced Nociceptive Sensitization

Source: Disease Models & Mechanisms Diabetes-associated nociceptive hypersensitivity affects diabetic patients with hard-to-treat chronic pain. Because multiple tissues are affected by systemic alterations in insulin...
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Body’s 'Natural Opioids' Affect Brain Cells Much Differently than Morphine

Source: University of California, San Francisco A new study led by UC San Francisco scientists shows that brain cells, or neurons, react differently to opioid substances created inside the body – the endorphins responsib...
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Vertebroplasty Versus Sham Procedure for Painful Acute Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures (VERTOS IV): Randomised Sham Controlled Clinical Trial

Source: BMJ Abstract: Objective: To assess whether percutaneous vertebroplasty results in more pain relief than a sham procedure in patients with acute osteoporotic compression fractures of the vertebral body. Conclusion...
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Selecting Effective Combinations of Treatment for Low Back Pain (SELECT LBP)

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New Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) Ready for Use

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: May 9, 2018 Some Medicare beneficiaries are receiving new Medicare cards with new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). The MBIs are 11 characters in length and wil...
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Association Between Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Nonfatal and Fatal Drug Overdoses: A Systematic Review

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine Abstract: Background: Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a key component of the president's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan to prevent opioid overdoses in the Un...
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