Popular Pain Medication Associated with Greater Risk of Hypoglycemia

In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego show that patients who take tramadol are at greater risk for developing hypoglycemia, or abnormally low blood sugar. 

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Virtual Physical Therapy Could Help Fill Gaps in Treating All Too Real Pain

There are now a wide array of remote rehabilitation—or telerehab—options, ranging from high-tech, interactive systems to video-chat sessions with individual physical therapists to app-based programs.

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6 Key Steps that States Should Take Now to End the Opioid Epidemic

The AMA has released a national policy road map based on in-depth analysis of the response to the opioid epidemic by four states: Colorado, Mississippi, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. The report , " National Roadmap on...
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Mixing Marijuana with Opioids May Not Be Good for Mental Health

AAPM Secretary W. Michael Hooten, MD comments on a new study on opioid and cannabis co-use, pointing out that the study shows us "that individuals with chronic pain who use opioids and cannabis concurrently are more likely to have mental health problems and other substance use issues, and that is very important." Dr. Hooten was not an author in the study.

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Pain, Psychological, and Endocannabinoid Responses to Yoga in Breast Cancer Survivors with Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathic Pain

This study evaluates the acute effect of aerobic exercise and yoga on pain, plasma levels of endocannabinoids, and mood (i.e., mood disturbance and anxiety). Participants will complete three separate sessions on differen...
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Prospective Cohort Study of Caffeinated Beverage Intake as a Potential Trigger of Headaches Among Migraineurs

 The purpose of the study was to evaluate the role of caffeinated beverage intake as a potential trigger of migraine headaches on that day or on the following day.

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Chronic Pain Research: Linking Psychology, Sociology, and Neuroscience

Despite its prevalence, scientists do not know why some people develop chronic pain. A new study approaches this question from all angles, exploring the role of money and the mind.

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Lower Back Pain? Self-Administered Acupressure Could Help

A recent study in Pain Medicine finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back. 

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Women May Be More Adept Than Men at Discerning Pain

AAPM member Roger B Fillingim, PhD discusses his continued research regarding gender differences and pain, and its importance toward finding more effective treatments for pain in this NPR interview.

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Perioperative Lidocaine and Ketamine in Abdominal Surgery

 The investigators propose to test the hypothesis that perioperative infusions of lidocaine and/or ketamine reduce opioid consumption and pain scores in adults recovering from elective inpatient abdominal surgery.

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