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

Nature’s Epidural: Genetic Variant May Explain Why Some Women Don’t Need Pain Relief During Childbirth

Women who do not need pain relief during childbirth may be carriers of a key genetic variant that acts as a natural epidural, say scientists at the University of Cambridge. In a study published in the journal Cell Report...
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Exploring Metacognitions in Health Anxiety and Chronic Pain: A Cross-Sectional Survey

The occurrence of health anxiety (HA) in chronic pain is associated with adverse outcomes. As such, it is important to identify constructs that might influence HA and pain-related outcomes. Metacognitions are an emerging...
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Acupuncture for Acute Non-Specific Low Back Pain: A Randomised, Controlled, Multicentre Intervention Study in General Practice—The Acuback Study

The aim of this study was to evaluate whether a single treatment session of acupuncture, when applied in addition to standard treatment for acute low back pain (ALBP), reduces the time to recovery compared with standard ...
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Guidelines for Managing Chronic Cancer Pain: More Similar Than Not

AAPM member, Kenneth Candido, MD, comments on a comparative analysis published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network focusing on bridging the gap among clinical practice guidelines for pain manageme...
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Cannabis Shows Potential for Mitigating Sickle Cell Disease Pain

Cannabis appears to be a safe and potentially effective treatment for the chronic pain that afflicts people with sickle cell disease, according to a new clinical trial. The findings appear in JAMA Network Open . Full sto...
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Brain-Training Protocol Aims to Reduce Phantom Limb Pain

A new study from Osaka University used brain training to try and reduce the impact of these painful sensations. Full story . 

Brain Waves Can Be Used to Predict Future Pain Sensitivity

New research in the journal, Cerebral Cortex , suggests that these alpha waves could be used to help clinicians understand how susceptible a patient may be to experience severe pain post-surgery. Full story . 

New Pain Medicine Journal Virtual Issue on Ketamine

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Pain Medicine , AAPM's official journal, recently published a new virtual issue on ketamine. The issue is freely available and includes a collection of preliminary studies, surveys, pragmatic and systematic reviews, and ...
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New PET/MRI Approach Pinpoints Chronic Pain Location, Alters Management

A new molecular imaging approach utilizing 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can precisely identify the location of pain generators in chronic pain sufferers, often precipita...
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Artificial Intelligence to Improve Back Pain Outcomes and Lessons Learned from Clinical Classification Approaches: Three Systematic Reviews

Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) could enhance the ability to detect patterns of clinical characteristics in low-back pain (LBP) and guide treatment. Full story . 

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