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

Chronic Pain Releases Parabrachial Activity from Central Amygdala Inhibition

Chronic pain is a complex neurologic condition that involves both sensory and affective components. A crucial integrator of pain-related sensation and affect may be a set of neurons within the parabrachial nucleus. Read ...
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Conditioned Pain Modulation Efficiency Is Associated With Pain Catastrophizing in Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain

Previous studies have found a negative association between a conditioned pain modulation (CPM) response and pain catastrophizing among pain-free individuals. This study investigated the difference in CPM response between...
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Shoulder Arthroplasty With Anchor Peg Implant May Promote Bone Growth, Reduce Pain

Anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty with a partially cemented polyethylene glenoid component, or anchor peg implant, may yield "in between fin" bone growth and decreased pain, according to recently presented results. Re...
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Special Report: Race, Pain Management, and the System

Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions, affecting an estimated 116 million Americans, but it is not treated equally in this country. Racial bias and discrimination have contributed — and continue to contribute...
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Attentional biases in pediatric chronic pain: an eye-tracking study assessing the nature of the bias and its relation to attentional control

Attentional biases are posited to play a key role in the development and maintenance of chronic pain in adults and youth. However, research to date has yielded mixed findings, and few studies have examined attentional bi...
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Comparison of Trunk Flexion Proprioception Between Healthy Athletes and Athletes With Patellofemoral Pain

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is the most commonly reported musculoskeletal overuse injury in active individuals, such as athletes, and is a multifactorial problem with no definite cause identified to date. Some studies have...
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Epidural Steroid Injections for the Management of Spinal Malignancy‐Related Pain: A Pragmatic Review and Retrospective Study

Spinal malignancy‐related pain results from tumor, fracture, instability, inflammation, and/or nerve root/spinal cord compression. Systemic corticosteroids are commonly used but have many undesirable adverse effects that...
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You Can Be Certain of Uncertainty and Controversy with Chronic Pain

The National Institute of Health Care Excellence (NICE) is set to publish new guidelines on the assessment and management of chronic pain this winter — with a likely shift away from reliance on painkillers. In this blog ...
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A Rapidly Adapting Understanding of Touch

Meissner corpuscles, receptors for vibration and pressure in the hairless skin of mammals, were first discovered over 165 years ago. However, the function of these structures in touch perception has remained relatively u...
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Psychosocial Screening Helps Predict Chronic Pain Risk In Lower-Extremity Fractures

Early identification of people at risk for developing chronic pain after a lower-extremity fracture has potentially gotten easier, thanks to a study from the University of Kentucky. Researchers there found that psychosoc...
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