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

Cutaneous Nerve Fields of the Anteromedial Lower Limb-Determination With Selective Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blockade

This study aimed to determine the peripheral cutaneous nerve fields (CNF), their variability, and potential overlap by selectively blocking the intermediate (IFCN) and medial (MFCN) femoral cutaneous nerves and the infrapatellar branch of the saphenous nerve (IPBSN) in healthy volunteers.

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Linking Sense of Touch to Facial Movement Inches Robots Toward ‘Feeling’ Pain

An artificial "pain nervous system," may be a small building block for a machine that could ultimately experience pain (in a robotic sort of way). 

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University of Iowa Professor’s Opioid Research Evaluates Link Between Opioid Use and Chronic Pain

AAPM member and University of Iowa researcher, Barbara St. Marie PhD, RN , recently conducted NIDA-funded research on opioid misuse and substance abuse disorders to help clinicians treat patients for chronic pain. St. Ma...
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High-Tech Printing May Help Eliminate Painful Shots

Painful hypodermic needles may not be needed in the future to give shots, inject drugs, and get blood samples. With 4D printing, Rutgers engineers have created tiny needles that mimic parasites that attach to skin and co...
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Tactile Pain Is Amplified and Pleasure Dulled for Migraine Patients

A new study has investigated sensual alterations in people living with migraine. The paper highlighted that tactile stimuli may feel more painful for migraineurs, while pleasurable sensations are dulled. 

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Neuroinflammation in Chronic Pain: A Role for Astrogliosis?

Non-invasive measures of neuroinflammatory processes in humans could substantially aid diagnosis and therapeutic development for many disorders, including chronic pain. Several proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (H-M...
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A Systematic Review of the Evidence for the Efficacy of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

The ageing global population and concomitant increase in the use of opioid analgesia have highlighted the need to evaluate the effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain in older people.

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Perturbing the Activity of the Superior Temporal Gyrus During Pain Encoding Prevents the Exaggeration of Pain Memories: A Virtual Lesion Study Using Single-Pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Past studies have shown that pain memories are often inaccurate, a phenomenon known as mnemonic pain bias. Pain memories are thought to play an important role on how future pain is felt. Recent evidence from our laborato...
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Does Experimentally Induced Pain-Related Fear Influence Central and Peripheral Movement Preparation in Healthy People and Low Back Pain Patients?

Non-specific chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a multifactorial disorder. Pain-related fear and altered movement preparation are considered to be key factors in the chronification process. Interactions between both have be...
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Evaluation and Treatment Patterns of New Low Back Pain Episodes for Elderly Adults in the United States, 2011–2014

New low back pain (LBP) is a common outpatient complaint. Little is known about how care is delivered over the course of a year to patients who develop new LBP and whether such care patterns are guideline-concordant.

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