Developing a Pain Identification and Communication Toolkit (NCT03853291)

The proposed research will develop, refine, and pilot test the Pain Identification and Communication Toolkit (PICT), an intervention to help family caregivers of community-dwelling PWD identify pain symptoms and communic...
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Opioid Use in the Family May Influence Adolescents’ Opioid Risk after Surgery

The presence of one or more family members using long-term opioids before a procedure was associated with a higher likelihood that adolescents prescribed opioids for the first time would do the same, according to the fin...
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Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, on the Agency’s 2019 Policy and Regulatory Agenda for Continued Action to Forcefully Address the Tragic Epidemic of Opioid Abuse

"The opioid crisis is one of the largest and most complex public health tragedies that our nation has ever faced. It remains the biggest public health crisis facing the FDA. The toll of addiction, in lost lives and broke...
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How Young Adults Experience Pain Affects Self-Injury, Rutgers Study Finds

Teenagers and young adults who intentionally hurt themselves engage in such behavior based, in part, on how they experience pain and their emotional distress, according to a Rutgers study. The study, which examines physi...
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Optimize Low Back Pain (NCT03859713)

The objective of this study is to improve health care for patients with chronic LBP and increase the likelihood that patients obtain outcomes that matter most to them. The investigators will accomplish our goal using a s...
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U.S. Opioid Deaths Jump Fourfold in 20 Years; Epidemic Shifts to Eastern States

The opioid epidemic is no longer concentrated among whites in Appalachian and Midwestern states, according to a new study from Stanford, Harvard and the University of Toronto.

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Transcription Factor Sp4 Is Required for Hyperalgesic State Persistence

Understanding how painful hypersensitive states develop and persist beyond the initial hours to days is critically important in the effort to devise strategies to prevent and/or reverse chronic painful states. Read the a...
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Medtronic Announces FDA Clearance and U.S. Launch of the Accurian Radio Frequency System for Nerve Tissue Ablation

​ Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Accurian(TM) RF ablation platform, which conducts radio frequency (RF) ablation of nerve tissues. RF ablatio...
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Peer-Support, Healing Hands Offers New Options to Patients with Chronic Pain on Prescription Opioids

A program providing group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may offer safe, extra relief to patients on prescription opioids, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Full...
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Acupuncture Relief for Chronic Neck Pain (NCT03859011)

This study will measure the effectiveness of "usual care" for chronic neck pain as defined in the protocol, compared with usual care plus acupuncture for chronic neck pain. This study's hypothesis is that combining acupu...
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