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

The Fear Reduction Exercised Early (FREE) Approach to Management of Low Back Pain in General Practice: A Pragmatic Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

Effective and cost-effective primary care treatments for low back pain (LBP) are required to reduce the burden of the world's most disabling condition. This study aimed to compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Fear Reduction Exercised Early (FREE) approach to LBP (intervention) with usual general practitioner (GP) care (control).

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A Cell-Penetrating Scorpion Toxin Enables Mode-Specific Modulation of TRPA1 and Pain

TRPA1 is a chemosensory ion channel that functions as a sentinel for structurally diverse electrophilic irritants. Channel activation occurs through an unusual mechanism involving covalent modification of cysteine residu...
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Mortality After Discontinuation of Primary Care–Based Chronic Opioid Therapy for Pain: A Retrospective Cohort Study

 Despite known risks of using chronic opioid therapy (COT) for pain, the risks of discontinuation of COT are largely uncharacterized. The objective of this study was to evaluate mortality, prescription opioid use, and primary care utilization of patients discontinued from COT, compared with patients maintained on opioids.

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Facial Presentations of Migraine, TACs, and Other Paroxysmal Facial Pain Syndromes

The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of facial pain (V2 and/or V3) presentations among nearly 3,000 patients with headache treated in a university tertiary care center.

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Popular Pain Medication Associated with Greater Risk of Hypoglycemia

In a new paper in Scientific Reports, researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego show that patients who take tramadol are at greater risk for developing hypoglycemia, or abnormally low blood sugar. 

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Virtual Physical Therapy Could Help Fill Gaps in Treating All Too Real Pain

There are now a wide array of remote rehabilitation—or telerehab—options, ranging from high-tech, interactive systems to video-chat sessions with individual physical therapists to app-based programs.

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Prospective Cohort Study of Caffeinated Beverage Intake as a Potential Trigger of Headaches Among Migraineurs

 The purpose of the study was to evaluate the role of caffeinated beverage intake as a potential trigger of migraine headaches on that day or on the following day.

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Chronic Pain Research: Linking Psychology, Sociology, and Neuroscience

Despite its prevalence, scientists do not know why some people develop chronic pain. A new study approaches this question from all angles, exploring the role of money and the mind.

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Lower Back Pain? Self-Administered Acupressure Could Help

A recent study in Pain Medicine finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back. 

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Feeling Legs Again Improves Amputees’ Health

Two volunteers are the first above-knee amputees in the world to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time. Their bionic prosthesis, features sensors that connect to residual nerves in the thigh. The resulting neurofeedback greatly reduces physical and mental strain for users of the prosthesis.

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