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Psychologist Uses Computer-Simulated Patients to Untangle Sociological Influences in Pain Care

In a recent study published in the journal Pain , researchers found that white physicians who self-scored higher on "intergroup anxiety" -- discomfort during interactions with groups who share fewer similar characteristi...
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Surgeons in a Large Health-Care System Cut Opioid Prescriptions of Five or More Days by 64 Percent Using a New Multipronged Program

Physician education, monitoring, and incentives lead to a shift from longer-term to shorter-term prescriptions for surgical patients, according to new Journal of the American College of Surgeons study. Full story .
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McGill Researchers End Decade-Long Search for Mechanical Pain Sensor

Researchers at McGill University have discovered that a protein found in the membrane of our sensory neurons are involved in our capacity to feel mechanical pain, laying the foundation for the development of powerful new...
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Artificial Intelligence Can Scan Doctors' Notes to Distinguish Between Types of Back Pain

Researchers have designed an artificial intelligence model that can determine whether lower back pain is acute or chronic by scouring doctors' notes within electronic medical records, an approach that can help to treat p...
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Quality Improvement in Dementia Care

The Dementia Management Quality Measurement Set was first developed and released in 2013 by the PCPI Foundation. Developed by an appointed multistakeholder technical expert panel (TEP), the 2013 Measurement Set was suppo...
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Association of Tramadol Use with Risk of Hip Fracture

Several professional organizations have recommended tramadol as one of the first-line or second-line therapies for patients with chronic noncancer pain and its prescription has been increasing rapidly worldwide; however, the safety profile of tramadol, such as risk of fracture, remains unclear.

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T'ai Chi for Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: A Feasibility Trial

T'ai chi (TC) has been found effective for improving chronic low back pain. However, such studies did not include adults over 65 years of age. This study was designed to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of TC in this population compared with Health Education and with Usual Care.

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Efficacy, Safety, and Acceptability of Pharmacologic Treatments for Pediatric Migraine Prophylaxis: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis

 What are the most effective, safe, and accepted pharmacologic treatments for migraine prophylaxis in children and adolescents?

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Does Vitamin D Status Influence Lumbar Disc Degeneration and Low Back Pain in Postmenopausal Women? A Retrospective Single-Center Study

The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between serum vitamin D concentration and lumbar disc degeneration (LDD) in postmenopausal women and the epidemiologic factors affecting low back pain (LBP). 

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Cost-Effectiveness Model Shows Superiority of Wireless Spinal Cord Stimulation Implantation Without a Separate Trial

The authors in this study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of wireless spinal cord stimulation (Wireless SCS) with single stage "direct to permanent" implantation vs. screening with temporary electrodes and an external pulse generator followed by implantation of a system for long-term use (IPG SCS). 

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