Effects of Microencapsulated Olfactory Ensheathing Cell Transplantation on Neuropathic Pain and P2X7 Receptor Expression in the L4-5 Spinal Cord Segment

The aim of this study was to determine the role of microencapsulated olfactory ensheathing cell (MC-OEC) transplantation in rats with sciatic nerve injury-induced pain, and its relationship with P2 × 7 receptor expressio...
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Study of Pain Catastrophizing (NCT03836586)

This study proposes to experimentally manipulate pain catastrophizing in order to investigate the neural mechanisms by which pain catastrophizing influences the experience of pain among non-Hispanic Blacks (NHBs) and non...
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Stimulating the Vagus Nerve in the Neck Might Help Ease Pain Associated with PTSD

In a randomized, controlled pilot trial, participants pre-treated with noninvasive vagus nerve stimulation experienced less pain after heat stimulus than mock-treated participants.

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AAPM Represented at Senate HELP Committee Hearing

AAPM Opioid Advisory Committee member Halena Gazelka, MD, testified as a witness at a February 12 U.S. Senate hearing on Pain Management in the Opioid Crisis before the HELP Committee. View video of the hearing and Dr. G...
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Assessment of the FDA Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy for Transmucosal Immediate-Release Fentanyl Products

Transmucosal immediate-release fentanyls (TIRFs), indicated solely for breakthrough cancer pain in opioid-tolerant patients, are subject to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy ...
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A Pragmatic Trial to Determine the Benefit of Exercise Incentives and Corticosteroid Injections in Osteoarthritis of the Knee (NCT03835910)

A randomized clinical trial for Veterans age 50 years and older with chronic musculoskeletal pain in which Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) is compared against Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to evaluat...
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Opioid Policy: The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

AAPM Member and MedPage Today Pain Points blog contributor Heath McAnally, MD MSPH, comments on his decision to sign on to a letter published in Pain Medicine decrying forced opioid tapering.

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Use of Prescription Opioids and Initiation of Fatal 2-Vehicle Crashes

The prevalence of prescription opioids detected in fatally injured drivers has increased markedly in the past 2 decades in the United States. It is unclear whether driver use of prescription opioids plays a role in fatal...
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AAPM Supports Bill to Allow VA to Prescribe Medical Marijuana to Veterans

"AAPM is happy to endorse measures such as this one that will support physicians' work towards better pain management therapies. If passed, this bill will provide protections to the Academy's members working in the VA sy...
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Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) or Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Older Veterans with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain (NCT03844880)

A randomized clinical trial for Veterans age 50 years and older with chronic musculoskeletal pain in which Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy (EAET) is compared against Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to evaluat...
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