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

Comorbidity Between Pain and Mental Illness – Evidence of a Bidirectional Relationship

Source: European Journal of Pain Abstract: Background: Pain from various locations in the body and mental illness are common and the comorbidity between the two is well known although the temporal relationship remains to...
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Encoding of Self-Referential Pain Catastrophizing in Posterior Cingulate Cortex in Fibromyalgia

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The Lancet Series on Low Back Pain

Source: The Lancet The Lancet publishes three papers on low back pain, by an international group of authors led by Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, which address the issues around the di...
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Chronic Pain Impairs Cognitive Flexibility and Engages Novel Learning Strategies in Rats

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Effect of Tai Chi Versus Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia: Comparative Effectiveness Randomized Controlled Trial

[Source: BMJ] Abstract: Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of tai chi interventions compared with aerobic exercise, a current core standard treatment in patients with fibromyalgia, and to test whether the effecti...
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Certain Pain Medications Linked to Increased Heart Risks

Source: Wiley, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with an 18% increased risk of atrial fibrillation -- an irregular, often rapid heart rate -- in ...
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College Education Linked to Opioid Misuse among Baby Boomers

Source: University of Buffalo The more educated a member of the baby boomer generation, the more likely they are to misuse prescription opioids, according to new research from the University at Buffalo. Full story...

Bonipar for Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

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Pre-Operative Chronic Opioid Therapy: A Risk Factor for Complications, Readmission, Continued Opioid Use and Increased Costs after One- and Two-Level Posterior Lumbar Fusion

Source: Spine Abstract: Study Design: Retrospective, economic analysis. Objective: To study patient profile associated with preoperative chronic opioid therapy (COT), and study COT as a risk factor for 90-day complicatio...
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Weight Loss After Stomach-Narrowing Surgery Eases Chronic Knee Pain

Source: NYU Langone Health A new report finds that extremely obese people who have a band surgically strapped around their stomachs to restrict food intake not only lose weight but also suffer less from arthritic knee pa...
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