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

Identification of Spinal Afferent Nerve Endings in the Colonic Mucosa and Submucosa That Communicate Directly With the Spinal Cord: The Gut-Brain Axis.

  Abstract:  The major sensory nerve pathway between the colon and central nervous system (spinal cord and brain) that underlies the gut-brain axis, is via spinal afferent neurons, with cell bodies in dorsal ro...
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The Relationship of Three-Dimensional Joint Space Width on Weight Bearing CT With Pain and Physical Function

Limitations of plain radiographs may contribute to poor sensitivity in the detection of knee osteoarthritis and poor correlation with pain and physical function. 3D joint space width, measured from weight bearing CT images, may yield a more accurate correlation with patients' symptoms.

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Hospital and Surgeon Variation in Patient-Reported Functional Outcomes After Lumbar Spine Fusion: A Statewide Evaluation

Despite an increasing interest in incorporating PROs as part of the move towards value-based payment and to improve quality, limited evidence exists on how PROs vary across hospitals and surgeons, a key aspect of using these metrics for quality profiling. 

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Trends in Prescription Analgesic Use Among Adults With Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States, 1999-2016

Monitoring trends in prescription analgesic use among adults with musculoskeletal conditions provides insight into how changing prescribing practices, guidelines, and policy measures may affect those who need pain management. 

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Research Calls for New Measures to Treat Mental Illness and Opioid Use

Opioid use among psychiatric hospital patients needs to be addressed through an integrated approach to managing mental illness, pain and substance use, a study by researchers at the University of Waterloo has found. 

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Researchers Explore A Drug-Free Idea to Relieve Chronic Pain: Green Light

A small but growing body of research suggesting a link between green light and pain, including animal research. While there are not yet robust data on humans, some researchers see promise for a drug-free approach that co...
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Depression, Anxiety May Hinder Healing in Young Patients with Hip Pain

New research suggests that physicians evaluating young patients with hip pain should consider more than such patients' physical health. They also should consider screening those patients for clinical depression and anxie...
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Poor Sleep Worsens Recovery from Chronic Low Back Pain

Sleep problems may decrease the likelihood of recovery from chronic low back pain over the long term and those who have musculoskeletal pain on top of insomnia have an even lower possibility of recovery, according to the...
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Migraine Headaches? Consider Aspirin for Treatment and Prevention

Evidence from 13 randomized trials of the treatment of migraine in 4,222 patients and tens of thousands of patients in prevention of recurrent attacks supports the use of high dose aspirin from 900 to 1,300 milligrams to...
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Identifying Type of Chronic Pain in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease May Lead to Better Outcomes

Identifying the type of pain an adult with sickle cell disease experiences may be useful in improving treatment, according to a new study by researchers at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital. 

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