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4-Week Mindfulness Program for Adults with Chronic Pain

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Stopping Long-Term Opioid Therapy Has No Effect on Pain

Source: OHSU Patients may experience no discernible difference in their level of pain after discontinuing the long-term use of opioids, new research suggests. Researchers examined the electronic health records of 600 pat...
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CÚRAM Researchers Find Potential New Treatment for Lower Back Pain

Source: NUI Galway, Ireland Professor Abhay Pandit and his research team at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices based at NUI Galway, have just published their research into a potential new treatment for lo...
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Duquesne University Professor Creates First Nanomedicine to Treat Pain

Source: Duquesne University Duquesne University Professor Dr. Jelena Janjic has created the first inflammatory pain nanomedicine that could significantly reduce the need for opioids in treating pain. Full story...
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Association Between US State Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Prescribing in the Medicare Part D Population

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine Abstract: Importance: Opioid-related mortality increased by 15.6% from 2014 to 2015 and increased almost 320% between 2000 and 2015. Recent research finds that the use of all pain medicatio...
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Association of Medical and Adult-Use Marijuana Laws with Opioid Prescribing for Medicaid Enrollees

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine Abstract: Importance: Overprescribing of opioids is considered a major driving force behind the opioid epidemic in the United States. Marijuana is one of the potential nonopioid alternative...
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Ketamine and Norketamine Attenuate Oxycodone Tolerance Markedly Less than that of Morphine: From Behaviour to Drug Availability

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Opioids No More? Review Article Evaluates Alternative Treatments for Chronic Pain

Source: American Physiological Society A review published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology explores newer, potentially safer therapies for treating chronic abdomi...
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Affirms Opioids Should Not Be Prescribed as First or Second Lines of Pain Therapy

Source: BCBSA The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) National Council of Physician and Pharmacist Executives (NCPE) at its March meeting adopted a professional standard that opioids should not be prescribed as fi...
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Study Finds the Frequency of Alpha Brain Waves Could Be Used to Assess a Person's Predisposition to Pain

The frequency of alpha brain waves can be used as a measure of an individual's vulnerability to developing and experiencing pain, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK and University of Maryland in the US...
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