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

Head Movements and Postures as Pain Behavior

Source: PLOS One Abstract: Pain assessment can benefit from observation of pain behaviors, such as guarding or facial expression, and observational pain scales are widely used in clinical practice with nonverbal patients...
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Randomized Double-Blind Controlled Study of Bedtime Low-Dose Amitriptyline in Chronic Neck Pain

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Suppression of RGSz1 Function Optimizes the Actions of Opioid Analgesics by Mechanisms that Involve the Wnt/ß-catenin Pathway

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Pain Relief Now, More Pain Later? Early Use of Opioids Worsens Pain Down the Road for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Source: Association of Academic Physiatrists A new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting in Atlanta found that opioids prescribed to patients soon after an acute traumatic s...
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Prescription Opioids Increase Risk for Serious Infections

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Opioids for Muscle and Joint Pain in Older People May Be Harmful

Source: University of Sydney, Australia A new study has shown that opioids offer older people with muscle and joint pain little benefit, while significantly increasing the risk of serious negative side effects. Full stor...
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Unexpected Outcome (Positive or Negative) Including Adverse Drug Reactions Cold Forced Open-Water Swimming: A Natural Intervention to Improve Postoperative Pain and Mobilisation Outcomes?

Source: BMJ Case Reports Abstract: Summary: Postoperative neuropathic pain exacerbated by movement is poorly understood and difficult to treat but a relatively common complication of surgical procedures such as endoscopi...
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Altered Pain Processing After Opioid Discontinuation

Source: Society for Neuroscience An imaging study of the brain and spinal cord published in JNeurosci reveals pain processing changes in healthy men after receiving a short-term application of a strong opioid. The resear...
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Efficacy of Treatments for Opioid-induced Constipation: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Source: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology Abstract: Background & Aims: Opioid induced constipation (OIC) is a common problem in patients on chronic opioid therapy for cancer-related and non-cancer related pain...
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SLU Research: Opioid Cessation May Be More Successful When Depression Is Treated

Source: Saint Louis University The study, "Impact of adherence to antidepressants and on long-term prescription opioid use" was published in the February issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry . Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph....
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