Study Shows Safety Initiative Decreases Opioid Use in VA Patients with Little Impact on Pain Scores

New research published in Anesthesiology reports that after an Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI) was implemented at the Veterans Health Administration, patients undergoing knee replacement surgery were prescribed significan...
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Phenol Neurolysis of Genicular Nerves for Chronic Knee Pain

Study Description: Brief Summary: Chronic knee pain from osteoarthritis (OA) is commonly treated with total knee arthroplasty (TKA) when conservative therapies fail to provide pain relief. More than 600,000 TKAs are performed in the U.S. annually, a number that continues to increase. A logistic-regression model suggests that the incidence rate of TKA will increase by 143% in the United States by 2050 compared to 2012. Although TKA is successful in reducing knee pain and joint stiffness in most cases, it can be associated with a 7-35% incidence of persistent refractory post-surgical knee pain.

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FDA Grants Theranica De Novo to Market First Smartphone-controlled Acute Migraine-relief Wearable Device

Theranica, a bio-medical technology company developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other pain disorders, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted a De Novo request for its smartphone-controlled electroceutical, Nerivio Migra®, utilizing Remote Electrical Neuromodulation for the acute treatment of migraine. 

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Florida Law Lowers Opioid Use for Acute Post-Op Pain

  A new controlled substance law in Florida has helped to decrease opioid prescriptions after outpatient surgery, according to a retrospective analysis at a large academic center. Full story.  
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Human Translingual Neurostimulation Alters Resting Brain Activity in High-Density EEG

 Abstract: Background: Despite growing evidence of a critical link between neuromodulation technologies and neuroplastic recovery, the underlying mechanisms of these technologies remain elusive. Read the details. &n...
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AAPM Issues Updated Position Statement on Research into the Use of Cannabinoids for Medical Purposes

​ More than 30 states as well as Washington D.C. have legalized cannabis for medical purposes, making it more accessible than ever before to patients throughout the country, including patients suffering from chronic pain...
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AAPM Endorses Pain Management Task Force Final Report on Best Practices for Treatment of Pain

June 5, 2019, CHICAGO – The American Academy of Pain Medicine Board of Directors (AAPM) enthusiastically endorses the HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Final Report , which calls for a balanced, ...
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Can Tech 'Objectively' Assess Pain?

Some combination of data and machinery may, go the pronouncements of the tech world, do what millennia of humans have been unable to: accurately feel someone else's pain.  Full story.  

Trialing of ISS in Patients With CRPS

Brief Summary: This is a multi-center, prospective, open-label, single-arm, observational, feasibility study. The goal of this study is to determine the feasibility of intra-spinal stimulation with optimal paresthesia coverage therapy for chronic pain relief in patients with complex regional pain syndrome type I or causalgia. Up to 20 patients with intractable chronic severe limb pain associated with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) will be included in the study. A standard of care trial phase to test a subjects' response to Intraspinal-Optimal Stim therapy will be conducted during a 3 to 10-day period. Patients that obtain 50% or greater pain relief during the trial period will undergo permanent implantation of the device. Primary outcome will evaluate pain response at 3 months of therapy, based on NPRS pain score relative to baseline. Patients will be followed up for 6 months after the start of therapy.

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In Lab, SLU Researchers Flip Pain Switch in Spinal Cord Cells

Facing an urgent need for safer and more effective therapies for those suffering from debilitating pain, Saint Louis University researchers are on a mission to find a non-narcotic off-switch for pain.  Full story. &...
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