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

Opioids After Surgery Can, Paradoxically, Prolong Pain

Source: University of Colorado Boulder Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for more than three weeks and primes specialized immune cells in the spinal cord to be more reactive to pain, acc...
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Effect of Pain Neuroscience Education Combined with Cognition-Targeted Motor Control Training on Chronic Spinal Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Source: JAMA Neurology Abstract: Importance: Effective treatments for chronic spinal pain are essential to reduce the related high personal and socioeconomic costs. Read more...
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Physician Prescribing of Opioids to Patients at Increased Risk of Overdose from Benzodiazepine Use in the United States

Source: JAMA Psychiatry Abstract: Importance: Recent increases in US opioid-related deaths underscore the need to understand drivers of fatal overdose. The initial prescription of opioids represents a critical juncture b...
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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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