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

The Role of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management: Proceedings of a Workshop

The Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders and Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education hosted a public workshop that discussed the state of evidence on the effectiveness of nonpharmacological treatments and integrative health models for pain management, multimodal approaches, and research gaps and key questions for further research. 

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Emotional Mirror Neurons in the Rat's Anterior Cingulate Cortex

How do the emotions of others affect us? The human anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) responds while experiencing pain in the self and witnessing pain in others, but the underlying cellular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here we show the rat ACC (area 24) contains neurons responding when a rat experiences pain as triggered by a laser and while witnessing another rat receive footshocks. Most of these neurons do not respond to a fear-conditioned sound (CS).
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To Treat Pain Syndrome, Children's Mercy Doctors Try To Change How 'Brain Interprets Signals'

Hospital program offers intensive physical and occupational therapy, relaxation techniques, stress-management training, and music and therapeutic art to help manage Amplified Pain Syndrome.

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Assessing Study Quality and Bias in Prognosis Research on Rehabilitation in Chronic Pain Using the QUIPS Tool

Researchers performed a systematic review to synthesize evidence on prognostic factors for physical functioning after multidisciplinary rehabilitation in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain and used a tool, QUIPS, which was developed specifically for evaluation of study quality of prognostic studies.

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'Alexa, I’m in pain': Tool Delivers Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Chronic Pain Sufferers

Researchers at Penn State are developing a way to deliver on-demand, guided mindfulness practices via Amazon Alexa to patients experiencing chronic pain. Through their method, a smart assistant will provide Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practices to individuals in their homes. 

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Anterior Nucleus of Paraventricular Thalamus Mediates Chronic Mechanical Hyperalgesia

Pain-related diseases are the top leading causes of life disability. Identifying brain regions involved in persistent neuronal changes will provide new insights for developing efficient chronic pain treatment. Here, we showed that anterior nucleus of paraventricular thalamus (PVA) plays an essential role in the development of mechanical hyperalgesia in neuropathic and inflammatory pain models in mice.  

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Why Is Migraine More Common in Women? One Protein May Hold the Key

In research published online April 8 in the Journal of Neuroscience, the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is implicated in the development of migraine symptoms caused pain responses in female rodents, but not in males, when introduced into the meninges, the protective tissue layers surrounding the brain. 

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UF Institute on Aging Study Shows Chronic Pain Might Accelerate Brain Aging

A new study led by a University of Florida Institute on Aging researcher has found the brain age of older adults with chronic pain had accelerated by an average of two years. 

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Neoline Is the Active Ingredient of Processed Aconite Root Against Murine Peripheral Neuropathic Pain Model, and Its Pharmacokinetics in Rats

 The present study investigated the effects of PA on a murine peripheral neuropathy model induced by intraperitoneal injection of paclitaxel and partial ligation of the sciatic nerve (Seltzer model), and identified its active ingredients.
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TRP Channels and Migraine: Recent Developments and New Therapeutic Opportunities.

Migraine is the second-most disabling disease worldwide, and the second most common neurological disorder. Attacks can last many hours or days, and consist of multiple symptoms including headache, nausea, vomiting, hypersensitivity to stimuli such as light and sound, and in some cases, an aura is present.

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The AAPM Annual Meeting offers education and networking opportunities for all members of the pain care team.

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