This section will include pain research in the news, general stories about research and findings, pain abstracts in the news, and PubMed abstracts

Quality Improvement in Dementia Care

The Dementia Management Quality Measurement Set was first developed and released in 2013 by the PCPI Foundation. Developed by an appointed multistakeholder technical expert panel (TEP), the 2013 Measurement Set was suppo...
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Association of Tramadol Use with Risk of Hip Fracture

Several professional organizations have recommended tramadol as one of the first-line or second-line therapies for patients with chronic noncancer pain and its prescription has been increasing rapidly worldwide; however, the safety profile of tramadol, such as risk of fracture, remains unclear.

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T'ai Chi for Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: A Feasibility Trial

T'ai chi (TC) has been found effective for improving chronic low back pain. However, such studies did not include adults over 65 years of age. This study was designed to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of TC in this population compared with Health Education and with Usual Care.

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Efficacy, Safety, and Acceptability of Pharmacologic Treatments for Pediatric Migraine Prophylaxis: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis

 What are the most effective, safe, and accepted pharmacologic treatments for migraine prophylaxis in children and adolescents?

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Does Vitamin D Status Influence Lumbar Disc Degeneration and Low Back Pain in Postmenopausal Women? A Retrospective Single-Center Study

The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between serum vitamin D concentration and lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) in postmenopausal women and the epidemiologic factors affecting low back pain (LBP). 

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Cost-Effectiveness Model Shows Superiority of Wireless Spinal Cord Stimulation Implantation Without a Separate Trial

The authors in this study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of wireless spinal cord stimulation (Wireless SCS) with single stage "direct to permanent" implantation vs. screening with temporary electrodes and an external pulse generator followed by implantation of a system for long-term use (IPG SCS). 

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Cutaneous Nerve Fields of the Anteromedial Lower Limb-Determination With Selective Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blockade

This study aimed to determine the peripheral cutaneous nerve fields (CNF), their variability, and potential overlap by selectively blocking the intermediate (IFCN) and medial (MFCN) femoral cutaneous nerves and the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve (IPBSN) in healthy volunteers.

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Linking Sense of Touch to Facial Movement Inches Robots Toward ‘Feeling’ Pain

An artificial "pain nervous system," may be a small building block for a machine that could ultimately experience pain (in a robotic sort of way). 

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University of Iowa Professor’s Opioid Research Evaluates Link Between Opioid Use and Chronic Pain

AAPM member and University of Iowa researcher, Barbara St. Marie PhD, RN , recently conducted NIDA-funded research on opioid misuse and substance abuse disorders to help clinicians treat patients for chronic pain. St. Ma...
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High-Tech Printing May Help Eliminate Painful Shots

Painful hypodermic needles may not be needed in the future to give shots, inject drugs, and get blood samples. With 4D printing, Rutgers engineers have created tiny needles that mimic parasites that attach to skin and co...
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