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

Rapidly Taking Patients off Opioids Might Not Be a Good Idea, Experts Say

Forcing patients off opioid painkillers could sometimes do more harm than good, international medical experts warn in an open letter published in Pain Medicine to health authorities. Full story . Read the letter .
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Pain Abstracts

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief. Read the abstract . Identifying the Pathways Required for Coping Behaviours Associated with Sustained Pain. Read the abstract . Inflammatory Back Pain Criteria Perform Well in Subset of Patients with Active Axial Psoriatic Arthritis but Not among Patients wit...
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Study Shows Massage Helps Ease Arthritis Pain, Improve Mobility

Patients with arthritis in their knees experienced significant improvement in pain and mobility after undergoing a weekly, whole-body massage for two months, according to a study led by researchers at Duke Health. Full story .

Origins of Pain

Research identifies the nerve-signaling pathway behind the deep, sustained pain that sets in immediately following injury. The findings also shed light on the different pathways that drive reflexive withdrawal to avoid injury and the subsequent pain-coping responses. Full story .

Researchers Collaborating with National Institutes of Health to Develop Nonopioid Drug for Chronic Pain

Researchers are working to develop a drug that can treat certain types of chronic pain without the addictive consequences of opioids. The drug compound, known as ML351, was discovered by researchers from the NIH. Full story .  

Pain Abstracts

Acute Harms Associated with Pregabalin Misuse in Victoria: a 6-year Examination of Ambulance Attendances. Read the abstract . Long-Term Mechanical Function and Integration of an Implanted Tissue-Engineered Intervertebral Disc. Read the abstract . Biological Insights from the Premonitory Symptoms of Migraine. Read the abstract . TLR8 and its Endogen...
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Opioid Prescriptions from Dentists Linked to Youth Addiction Risk

In teenagers and young adults, receiving opioids from dental providers is linked with elevated risk for continued opioid use and abuse, a new study has found.  Full story . Read the abstract .

Minimally Invasive Treatment Provides Relief from Back Pain

The majority of patients were pain free after receiving a new image-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment for low back pain and sciatica, according to a study. Full story .  

Inspiring Medical Device Innovation to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) launched an Innovation Challenge in May 2018 and announced the selected proposals that include therapeutic and diagnostic medical devices intended to treat opioid use disorder, detect and treat overdose, dispense medication and treat pain. Full story .

Pain Abstracts

Association of Opioid Prescribing with Opioid Consumption after Surgery in Michigan. Read the abstract . Knee Pain as a Predictor of Structural Progression Over 4 Years: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative, a Prospective Cohort Study. Read the abstract . Migraine with Visual Aura, Incident AF, and Stroke Risk: Is Migraine with Aura an Embolic T...
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