New research from Michigan Medicine could help clinicians identify which patients are more likely to continue to use opioids after surgery recovery.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced more than $1.8 billion in funding to states to continue the Trump administration's efforts to combat the opioid crisis by expanding access to treatment and supporting near real-time data on the drug overdose crisis.
Effective and cost-effective primary care treatments for low back pain (LBP) are required to reduce the burden of the world's most disabling condition. This study aimed to compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Fear Reduction Exercised Early (FREE) approach to LBP (intervention) with usual general practitioner (GP) care (control).
Despite known risks of using chronic opioid therapy (COT) for pain, the risks of discontinuation of COT are largely uncharacterized. The objective of this study was to evaluate mortality, prescription opioid use, and primary care utilization of patients discontinued from COT, compared with patients maintained on opioids.
The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of facial pain (V2 and/or V3) presentations among nearly 3,000 patients with headache treated in a university tertiary care center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent study in Pain Medicine finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back.
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.
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.
Two volunteers are the first above-knee amputees in the world to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time. Their bionic prosthesis, features sensors that connect to residual nerves in the thigh. The resulting neurofeedback greatly reduces physical and mental strain for users of the prosthesis.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announces the revision process for two recently discontinued documents: "Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances: Guidance for availability and accessibility of controlled medicines" (2011) and "WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses" (2012). A Call for Experts was issued as part of identifying potential members of the guideline development groups.
AAPM member Beth B. Hogans, MD PhD comments in this NPR interview about the four-day course she helped create at Johns Hopkins for medical students about pain and pain management at the start of their medical education.
Abstract: The convergence of multiple recent developments in health care information technology and monitoring devices has made possible the creation of remote patient surveillance systems that increase the timeliness and quality of patient care. More convenient, less invasive monitoring devices, including patches, wearables, and biosensors, now allow for continuous physiological data to be gleaned from patients in a variety of care settings across the perioperative experience. These data can be bound into a single data repository, creating so-called data lakes. The high volume and diversity of data in these repositories must be processed into standard formats that can be queried in real time. These data can then be used by sophisticated prediction algorithms currently under development, enabling the early recognition of patterns of clinical deterioration otherwise undetectable to humans.
Brief Summary: The goal of this study is to determine if mind body therapies can help people suffering from chronic back pain. The study is a randomized, partially blinded trial examining the effectiveness of mind body interventions (treatment arms) in reducing disability from back pain and alleviating back pain in participants as compared to usual care (control arm ). The investigators will secondarily investigate whether mind body interventions improve participant quality of life and reduce the need for pain-related hospitalization.