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

How a State’s Surgeons Cut Down on Opioids Without Putting Patients in More Pain

In a new research letter in the New England Journal of Medicine , a team from the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network reports the results of a collaborative effort to help surgical teams follow evidence-based ...
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New Data for Migraine Treatment

  New research showed that, overall, opioids are being used in place of medicines that are approved and indicated to treat migraine – particularly among those who experience migraine headaches more frequently. ...
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Ketamine Infusion for Pain Control in Elderly Patients with Multiple Rib Fractures: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial

Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Rib fractures are associated with increased mortality, particularly in the elderly. While opiate-based pain regimens remain the cornerstone of rib fracture management, issues related to opioids ha...
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Pain Neurology

Abstract: Pain is often the initial complaint for which patients seek medical care presenting both a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge to the primary care provider. The appreciation of pain is not merely the result of...
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Remote Surveillance Technologies: Realizing the Aim of Right Patient, Right Data, Right Time

Abstract: The convergence of multiple recent developments in health care information technology and monitoring devices has made possible the creation of remote patient surveillance systems that increase the timeliness and quality of patient care. More convenient, less invasive monitoring devices, including patches, wearables, and biosensors, now allow for continuous physiological data to be gleaned from patients in a variety of care settings across the perioperative experience. These data can be bound into a single data repository, creating so-called data lakes. The high volume and diversity of data in these repositories must be processed into standard formats that can be queried in real time. These data can then be used by sophisticated prediction algorithms currently under development, enabling the early recognition of patterns of clinical deterioration otherwise undetectable to humans.

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Researchers Bridge the Gap between Animal Studies and New Treatments for Chronic Pain

By comparing results between rodent pain models and human spinal cord tissue, researchers have identified a new molecular mechanism of out-of-control pain signaling that is consistent between rodents and humans. Full sto...
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Using AI to Manage Opioid Use in Hospital ICUs

In an effort to help clinicians provide better, more personalized pain management care, a Harvard-MIT research team announced last week the creation of an AI deep reinforcement learning algorithm for critical care pain m...
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Pain Rescue Team Helps Seriously Ill Kids Cope In Terrible Times

The Benioff Children's Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco integrative pediatric pain and palliative care — or IP3 — team is sort of an emergency response team for pain that combines traditional pharm...
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New Research Offers a Minimally Invasive Approach to Deep Brain Stimulation

The development of a less invasive technique to precisely control the activity of neurons nestled deep in the brain could help usher in the next-generation of noninvasive brain stimulation technologies. Full story.  ...
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Spinal Cord Stimulation in Chronic Pain: Evidence and Theory for Mechanisms of Action

In this review, we reconstruct the available basic science and clinical literature that offers support for mechanisms of both paresthesia spinal cord stimulation (P-SCS) and paresthesia-free spinal cord stimulation (PF-S...
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