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

Fighting Opioids with an Unlikely Supplemental Painkiller: Anti-Itch Medicine

  A West Virginia University researcher is investigating whether an anti-itch medication that targets a specific part of our nerve cells can make morphine—which targets a different part—more effective.

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Safety and Efficacy of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Stimulation for Chronic Cluster Headache: A Double-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial

Chronic cluster headache is the most disabling form of cluster headache. The mainstay of treatment is attack prevention, but the available management options have little efficacy and are associated with substantial side-...
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Selective Modulation of Tonic Aversive Qualities of Neuropathic Pain by Morphine in the Central Nucleus of the Amygdala Requires Endogenous Opioid Signaling in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex

The amygdala is a key subcortical region thought to contribute to emotional components of pain. As opioid receptors are found in both the central (CeA) and basolateral (BLA) nuclei of the amygdala, we investigated the ef...
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Self-Reported Prescription Drug Use for Pain and for Sleep and Incident Frailty

This study aimed to estimate incident frailty risks of prescription drugs for pain and for sleep in older US adults. 

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Trends and Rapidity of Dose Tapering Among Patients Prescribed Long-Term Opioid Therapy, 2008-2017

How often are patients who are prescribed long-term opioids undergoing tapering of their daily doses, and how often do patients undergo a rapid taper rate? Read the abstract.
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Remote Electrical Neuromodulation (REN) for the Acute Treatment of Migraine

There is a significant unmet need for novel, effective, and well‐tolerated acute migraine treatments. Remote electrical neuromodulation (REN) is a non‐pharmacological, non‐invasive, acute migraine treatment that stimulat...
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A.I. Doctors Have a Trust Problem

Ethicists argue that A.I.-based medical services need to be evaluated and regulated in the same way as new drugs.

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Harnessing the Power of Placebo

Stanford University professor, athlete, and psychologist Alia Crum, PhD, discusses how our mindset can affect health behaviors and outcomes.

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Immersion in Virtual Reality Scenes of the Arctic Helps to Ease People’s Pain

Watching immersive 360 videos of icy Arctic scenes helps to relieve burning pain and could hold hope for treating chronic pain, a study has found.  

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Injectable, Flexible Electrode Could Replace Rigid Nerve-Stimulating Implants

University of Wisconsin–Madison biomedical engineers and their collaborators researchers have laid the groundwork for a new kind of neural interface system, using a type of electrode that can be injected as a liquid and ...
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