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

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) Effectively Treats Chronic Pain

A meta-analysis in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders suggests significant and robust effects of CST on pain and function, which are not exclusively explainable by placebo responses or effects due to non-specific treatment me...
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Veterans Benefit from Pain Treatment without Drugs

A new study finds a lower risk of adverse post-treatment outcomes among returning military service personnel with chronic pain who received nondrug therapy. Full story.

How the Brain Balances Pleasure and Pain

Researchers have zeroed in on the ventral pallidum, an information-processing hub in the brains of mice to discover how neurons there influence the animals' motivation to either seek pleasurable experiences or avoid nega...
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Long-Term Safety and Efficacy of Closed-Loop Spinal Cord Stimulation to Treat Chronic Back and Leg Pain (Evoke): A Double-Blind, Randomised, Controlled Trial.

Summary: Background: Spinal cord stimulation has been an established treatment for chronic back and leg pain for more than 50 years; however, outcomes are variable and unpredictable, and objective evidence of the mechani...
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Analysis Supports Acupuncture for Cancer Pain

Use of acupuncture and acupressure led to significant improvement in cancer-associated pain and a reduction in analgesic medication, a meta-analysis showed . Full story.  

How We Fail Black Patients in Pain

An expert looks at how false notions and hidden biases fuel inadequate treatment of minorities' pain, highlighting the importance of removing as much individual discretion and bias as possible. The article includes resou...
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Temple Researchers Identify Potential Alternative to Opioids for Pain

A team of researchers in Temple's Institute for Computational Molecular Science (ICMS) have developed world-renowned expertise in the study of an ion channel called TRPA1, which generates the electrical signals that enab...
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Nightly Sleep Duration, Fragmentation, and Quality and Daily Risk of Migraine.

  Abstract:  Objective: To test the hypotheses that insufficient duration, high fragmentation, and poor sleep quality are temporally associated with migraine onset on the day immediately following the sleep per...
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Evaluation of the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Prescribing Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Program by the US Food and Drug Administration

Abstract: Importance : Extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioids have caused substantial morbidity and mortality in the United States, yet little is known about the efforts of the US Food and Drug Administration ...
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Trends in Opioid Prescribing and Self-Reported Pain Among US Adults.

Abstract:  Clinically informed efforts to curb inappropriate opioid prescribing seek to reduce prescribing to adults with lower pain levels that are potentially manageable with alternative therapies. According to th...
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