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University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation Survey Participation Opportunity

The University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (M-CERSI), in collaboration with the FDA, is conducting research to better understand how compounded products are used in clinical prac...
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Neuropathic Pain in Advanced Cancer: Causes and Management

Abstract: Managing neuropathic pain in patients with advanced cancer can be challenging: it often requires an adjuvant analgesic and what works for one person may not work for another. Pain that is unresponsive to pharmacological approaches may require interventional procedures that are not usual in pain management. The effect of neuropathic cancer pain on patients is multidimensional and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Nurses play a key role in assessing the severity of the pain and its impact on quality of life, along with managing treatments.

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Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Provides Pain Relief and More Effective Opioid Alternative in Animal Study

An international team of researchers has used nanoparticles to deliver a drug—one that previously failed in clinical trials for pain—into specific compartments of nerve cells, dramatically increasing its ability to treat...
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Use of Gabapentinoid Medications among US Adults with Cancer, 2005-2015

  Abstract: BACKGROUND:  Gabapentinoid use for long-term cancer pain control may be problematic, given unclear mechanisms of action and increased concerns for physical dependence. The purpose of this report is ...
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Sheffield Neuroscientists Reveal Link between Cell ‘Dark Matter’ and Chronic Nerve Pain

Sheffield Neuroscientists Reveal Link between Cell 'Dark Matter' and Chronic Nerve Pain A new study demonstrates for the first time a link between chronic neuropathic pain and levels of specific microRNA, part of the non...
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Meditation, Mindfulness Hold Promise for Pain Treatment

Mind-body therapies like meditation or hypnosis that use mental techniques to help relieve pain are tied to moderate improvements in pain intensity as well as reduced opioid doses, a new analysis of past studies suggests...
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Doctors Say There's Now a New Way to Stop Knee Pain

Amniotic fluid might now be used to alleviate knee pain in patients suffering from osteoarthritis, according to doctors at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Chicago.   Full story.

Study Identifies a Potential New Target for Treatment of Gout

 Published in the journal Cellular and Molecular Immunology , their study suggests that blocking a signaling molecule known as TAK1 can suppress inflammation caused by gout. Full story.  
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Conotoxins: Chemistry and Biology

  Abstract:  The venom of the marine predatory cone snails (genus Conus ) has evolved for prey capture and defense, providing the basis for survival and rapid diversification of the now estimated 750+ species. ...
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Trends in Prescription Opioid Use and Dose Trajectories Before Opioid Use Disorder or Overdose in US Adults From 2006 to 2016: A Cross-Sectional Study

  Abstract:  Background:  With governments' increasing efforts to curb opioid prescription use and limit dose below the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended threshold of 90 morphine...
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