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

Evaluation and Treatment Patterns of New Low Back Pain Episodes for Elderly Adults in the United States, 2011–2014

New low back pain (LBP) is a common outpatient complaint. Little is known about how care is delivered over the course of a year to patients who develop new LBP and whether such care patterns are guideline-concordant.

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Preemptive Pain Management Program Is Associated with Reduction of Opioid Prescriptions After Benign Minimally Invasive Foregut Surgery

The opioid crisis is partly due to opioids prescribed after elective surgery. This study sought to determine if a preemptive pain-management program would be associated with opioid-free discharge after benign foregut surgery.

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Neural and Sociocultural Mediators of Ethnic Differences in Pain

Understanding ethnic differences in pain is important for addressing disparities in pain care. A common belief is that African Americans are hyposensitive to pain compared to Whites, but African Americans show increased ...
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New Hope to Reduce Bladder Pain

The latest research led by Flinders University has now identified a link between UTI and bladder pain – caused by the immune system's fight against the infection. The research suggests this could be a leading cause of ch...
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‘Impressed with Impact' of Ketamine in Cancer Palliative Care

Toronto psychiatrist Madeline Li, MD, PhD, is running the only registered study to investigate ketamine specifically for the treatment of depression in cancer patients. 

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Pain Treatment Using Human Stem Cells a Success

Human stem cells and "pain-killing neurons" have successfully relieved chronic pain in mice. The breakthrough method may be tested on human patients suffering untreatable pain within five years. 

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Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Could Offer More Effective Pain Relief Than Opioids

Findings from a recent study published in Nature Nanotechnology , showed that the nanoparticles were actually more effective than opioids in models of acute pain, chronic inflammatory pain, and neuropathic pain. Full sto...
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Knee Osteoarthritis, Potential Mediators, and Risk of All-Cause Mortality: Data From the Osteoarthritis Initiative

To assess the relation of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA), knee pain, and radiographic knee OA to all-cause mortality and identify mediators in the causal pathway. 

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A User-Centered Approach to an Evidence-Based Electronic Health Pain Management Intervention for People With Chronic Pain: Design and Development of EPIO

Chronic pain conditions are complicated and challenging to live with. Electronic health (eHealth) interventions show promise in helping people cope with chronic illness, including pain. The success of these interventions...
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Management of Patients with a Musculoskeletal Pain Condition that Is Likely Chronic: Results from a National Cross-Sectional Survey

The purpose of the study was to explore clinical management for new cases of musculoskeletal pain that are likely chronic.  

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