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

Effect of Preoperative Patient Expectations on Outcomes After Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Source: PubMed.gov Read the abstract . 

Patients Who Undergo Major Operations Without Opioids Have Shorter Hospital Stays

Source: American College of Surgeons Surgeons at an Ohio hospital have developed a treatment protocol that sends people home after colorectal operations without any opioids to manage their pain, leading to shorter hospital stays. Full story .

Sub-Dissociative Dose Ketamine Dosing Study (NCT03714620)

Source: ClinicalTrials.gov   Read the details .
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Physicians Prescribe Too Many Opioids for Osteoarthritis

Source: Medscape New data reinforce the need for physicians to evaluate the use of opioids to manage pain in patients with osteoarthritis. Full story .
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Migraine in America Symptoms and Treatment (MAST) Study: Baseline Study Methods, Treatment Patterns, and Gender Differences

Source: PubMed.gov Read the abstract .

Social Media Buffers Depression Among Older Adults with Pain

Source: University of Michigan In a newly published University of Michigan study, researchers reported that using social media can reduce the negative health effects of curtailed social contact that comes as a consequence of pain. Full story . 
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Gabapentin May Top Pregabalin for Sciatica Pain

Source: Medscape Gabapentin tops pregabalin for pain reduction in patients with chronic sciatica, results of a head-to-head comparison show. But at least one expert has concerns about this conclusion. Full story .

A Pilot Trial of Scrambler Therapy for Pain Associated with Pancreas Cancer (NCT03707444)

Source: ClinicalTrials.gov Read the details .
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Ketamine is a Safe, Effective Alternative to Opioids in Treating Acute Pain in the ED

Source: Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Intravenous, low-dose ketamine (LDK) is as effective as intravenous morphine in the control of acute pain in adults in the emergency department (ED). Full story .
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PIEZO2, a Molecular Target for Treating Clinical Pain

Source: Scripps Research Scientists at Scripps Research have identified the molecule in neurons responsible for tactile allodynia, a protein called PIEZO2. Full story .
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