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

Promoting Engagement in Physical Activity in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Proof-Of-Concept Intervention Study

The aim of this study is to test the feasibility and acceptability of promoting engagement in physical activity in early rheumatoid arthritis (PEPA-RA) to inform a future trial. Full story . 

Pain Scores in Geriatric vs Nongeriatric Patients with Rib Fractures

This research study compares the self-reported pain levels of geriatric vs nongeriatric patients with rib fractures. Full story . 

Summit-07: A Randomized Trial of Nktr-181, a New Molecular Entity, Full Mu-Opioid Receptor Agonist for Chronic Low-Back Pain

NKTR-181, a new molecular entity, mu-opioid receptor agonist with an inherently slow rate of central nervous system (CNS) entry, was designed to provide analgesia while reducing abuse potential. Full story . 

LSU Health New Orleans Discovers New Class of Safer Analgesics

Researchers at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence and colleagues have discovered a new class of pipeline drugs to relieve pain and reduce fever without the danger of addiction or damage to the liver...
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Placebo Effect ‘Could Treat Pain’

Placebo pain-relief is reproducible in patients with chronic pain compared to healthy volunteers according to a unique University of Manchester study. In a research first, patients with high levels of psychological distr...
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Significantly Less Addictive Opioid May Slow Progression of Osteoarthritis While Easing Pain

A novel preclinical study by Keck Medicine of USC researchers, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology , reveals that a potential new opioid medication may have the ability to slow the progression of osteoarthritis whi...
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Treatment Effectiveness and Medication Use Reduction for Older Adults in Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation

To examine the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program (IPRP) that incorporates medication tapering on improving pain-related and performance-based outcomes for older adults with chronic noncanc...
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Case Series: Deep Brain Stimulation for Facial Pain

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used for chronic pain for decades, but its use is limited due to a lack of reliable data about its efficacy for specific indications. Full story .

Catastrophization, fear of movement, anxiety, and depression are associated with persistent, severe low back pain and disability

Psychological characteristics are important in the development and progression of low back pain (LBP); however, their role in persistent, severe LBP is unclear. Full story . 

Utilization of Botulinum Toxin for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injuries is challenging with multiple intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing athletes, conditions, and length of recovery. Multidisciplinary treatment strategies aim to address pa...
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