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

Peer-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Training to Improve Functioning in Patients with Diabetes: A Cluster-Randomized Trial

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)–based programs delivered by trained community members could improve functioning and pain in individuals who lack access to such programs. We tested the effectiveness of a peer-delivered...
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Availability of Buprenorphine Treatment in the 10 States with the Highest Drug Overdose Death Rates in the United States

The objective of this study was to assess the accuracy of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) database for patients who use it to seek buprenorphine treatment . Read the abstract . ...
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A Placebo for Pain Relief—Even When You Know It’s Not Real

Some patients with chronic pain can get relief from a placebo even when they know it isn't an active medication, a growing body of evidence shows. 

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Scientists Target Link Between Chronic Pain, Cognitive Impairments

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have pinpointed a single biochemical pathway as a target for addressing both this neuropathic pain and the accompanying cognitive problems.

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Craniosacral Therapy (CST) Effectively Treats Chronic Pain

A meta-analysis in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders suggests significant and robust effects of CST on pain and function, which are not exclusively explainable by placebo responses or effects due to non-specific treatment me...
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Veterans Benefit from Pain Treatment without Drugs

A new study finds a lower risk of adverse post-treatment outcomes among returning military service personnel with chronic pain who received nondrug therapy. Full story.

How the Brain Balances Pleasure and Pain

Researchers have zeroed in on the ventral pallidum, an information-processing hub in the brains of mice to discover how neurons there influence the animals' motivation to either seek pleasurable experiences or avoid nega...
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Long-Term Safety and Efficacy of Closed-Loop Spinal Cord Stimulation to Treat Chronic Back and Leg Pain (Evoke): A Double-Blind, Randomised, Controlled Trial.

Summary: Background: Spinal cord stimulation has been an established treatment for chronic back and leg pain for more than 50 years; however, outcomes are variable and unpredictable, and objective evidence of the mechani...
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Analysis Supports Acupuncture for Cancer Pain

Use of acupuncture and acupressure led to significant improvement in cancer-associated pain and a reduction in analgesic medication, a meta-analysis showed . Full story.  

How We Fail Black Patients in Pain

An expert looks at how false notions and hidden biases fuel inadequate treatment of minorities' pain, highlighting the importance of removing as much individual discretion and bias as possible. The article includes resou...
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