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

Multisociety Research Collaboration—Small Research Group Update

The Multisociety Research Collaboration (MRC) provides a forum for specialty societies to identify critical gaps in the evidence base where additional high-quality research is needed to clarify the role of interventional pain procedures in the treatment of patients with spine conditions. In a recent project, MRC participants identified lumbar trans...
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Pain Can Be a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

A new brain imaging study finds that expectations about pain intensity can become self-fulfilling prophecies. Surprisingly, those false expectations can persist even when reality repeatedly demonstrates otherwise, the study found. Full story .  
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Can Stimulating the Brain Treat Chronic Pain?

Researchers show they could target one brain region with a weak alternating current of electricity, enhance the naturally occurring brain rhythms of that region, and significantly decrease symptoms associated with chronic lower back pain. Full story .
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West Virginia University First Site to Launch Clinical Trial Utilizing Non-Opioid Micropellet Implant for Chronic Pain

As part of an ongoing commitment to battle opioid addiction, the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University marked a major milestone, enrolling the first patient in a randomized clinical trial that will test the effectiveness of an injectable non-opioid, non-steroid micropellet to treat sciatica. Full story .
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The Price We Pay for Radical Curative Pelvic Exenterations: Prevalence and Management of Pain

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Burst Spinal Cord Stimulation (Burst-SCS) Study (NCT03718325)

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Spine Pain Intervention to Enhance Care Quality And Reduce Expenditure (SPINE CARE)

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The α2δ-1-NMDA Receptor Complex Is Critically Involved in Neuropathic Pain Development and Gabapentin Therapeutic Actions

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FDA Panel: 'Little Merit' in Sublingual Buprenorphine for Pain

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Relieving the Pain of Kidney Stones

Source: Canadian Glycomics Network GlycoNet-funded research is testing the safety and efficacy of a glycoside, called arbutin, which is extracted from the bearberry plant. The molecule has shown a remarkable ability to break up kidney stones in pre-clinical studies. Full story...
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