New Data Show Growing Complexity of Drug Overdose Deaths in America

The report from CDC's MMWR , analyzes the growing number of U.S. drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2017, and by demographic and geographic characteristics from 2016 to 2017. Full story .  

Pain Management Task Force Calls for Patient-Centered Treatment of Pain

The HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force has released a draft report calling for individualized, patient-centered pain management to improve the lives of millions of individuals who experience acute and chronic pain. Members of the public have 90 days to provide comments on the report's recommendations. The Academy is preparin...
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New, Revised Pain Assessment/ Management Standards for Behavioral Health Care, Home Care, Nursing Care to Be Introduced

Effective July 1, 2019, new and revised pain assessment and management standards will be applicable to Joint Commission-accredited behavioral health care, home care and nursing care center programs. Full story .
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Light Treatment to Improve Symptom Management of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (NCT03794908)

The purpose of this study is to determine the effect a morning light treatment has on improving physical function, pain intensity, and pain sensitivity in people with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS).  Read the details.

KemPharm Announces FDA Approval of sNDA for Two Additional Strengths of APADAZ®

 KemPharm, Inc. (NASDAQ:KMPH), a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of proprietary prodrugs, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for two additional strengths of APADAZ ® , an immediate release (IR) combination of KemPharm...
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Pain Abstracts

Association of Prescribed Opioids with Increased Risk of Community-Acquired Pneumonia Among Patients With and Without HIV What is the association between prescribed opioids and community-acquired pneumonia requiring hospitalization among patients living with and without HIV? Read the abstract. Gene Network Dysregulation in the Trigeminal Ganglia an...
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Arthroscopic Transosseous vs. Anchored Rotator Cuff Repair (NCT03797287)

This study will compare arthroscopic transosseous versus anchored rotator cuff repairs in terms of clinical outcomes, rotator cuff integrity, and cost-effectiveness. With the collection of patient-reported outcomes the health of patients undergoing each rotator cuff repair technique will be assessed. The aims of this study will be achieved through ...
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Managing Children’s Pain after Surgery

The first in a series of columns on pain in children in The New York Times discusses the changes occurring on how pediatric pain is managed. Full story .

New Medications Offer Improved Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders, Chronic Pain, Mood Disorders

A team of researchers from Purdue University discovered that two peptides, which are naturally metabolic products of Rubisco, a large protein found in many plants like spinach, may aid in the development of new medications for people dealing with addictions. Full story .
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Multimodal Pain Therapy After Hernia Repair (NCT03792295)

This is a randomized, non-blinded study comparing the effects of multimodal pain management (ibuprofen, tylenol, and narcotics/oxycodone as needed) for relief of post-operative pain in patients who undergo hernia repair. Patients who present for elective hernia surgery will be randomized in a 1:1 fashion by pre-operative pain score into a multimoda...
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