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

Depression and Functional Outcomes in Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department With Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a common reason for patients to present to Emergency Departments (EDs). Our objective was to describe the associations between depressive symptoms, pain severity, and functional impairment up to 3 ...
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Improving Osteoarthritis Care by Digital Means - Effects of a Digital Self-Management Program after 24- or 48-Weeks of Treatment.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is highly prevalent in older adults and a growing cause of disability. Easily accessible first-line treatment of OA is increasingly important. Digital self-management programs have in recent years bec...
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Associations Between Stopping Prescriptions for Opioids, Length of Opioid Treatment, and Overdose or Suicide Deaths in US Veterans: Observational Evaluation

The objective of this study is to examine the associations between stopping treatment with opioids, length of treatment, and death from overdose or suicide in the Veterans Health Administration.  Read the abstract ....
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Can Pain Management be Safely Optimized in Older Adults?

Managing chronic pain is a challenging task. Older adults (OAs) (>65 years) are the fastest growing segment of our population, and are substantially affected by chronic pain of various etiologies. Read the abstract .&...
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3D Printed Opioid Medicines with Alcohol-Resistant and Abuse-Deterrent Properties

In the past decade, prescriptions for opioid medicines have been exponentially increasing, instigating opioid abuse as a global health crisis associated with high morbidity and mortality. Read the abstract . 
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Let It Be: Mindful Acceptance Down-Regulates Pain and Negative Emotion

Mindfulness training ameliorates clinical and self-report measures of depression and chronic pain, but its use as an emotion regulation strategy—in individuals who do not meditate—remains understudied. Read the abstract ...
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Hormone Linked to Pain Difference Between Men and Women

Researchers identified a mechanism that explains why women may be more vulnerable than men to develop pain in general, as well as to develop pain from opioids specifically. The cause is a neurohormone, prolactin, known l...
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Psychologist Uses Computer-Simulated Patients to Untangle Sociological Influences in Pain Care

In a recent study published in the journal Pain , researchers found that white physicians who self-scored higher on "intergroup anxiety" -- discomfort during interactions with groups who share fewer similar characteristi...
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Surgeons in a Large Health-Care System Cut Opioid Prescriptions of Five or More Days by 64 Percent Using a New Multipronged Program

Physician education, monitoring, and incentives lead to a shift from longer-term to shorter-term prescriptions for surgical patients, according to new Journal of the American College of Surgeons study. Full story .
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McGill Researchers End Decade-Long Search for Mechanical Pain Sensor

Researchers at McGill University have discovered that a protein found in the membrane of our sensory neurons are involved in our capacity to feel mechanical pain, laying the foundation for the development of powerful new...
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