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Oral CGRP Drug Bests Placebo for Migraine Prevention

Atogepant, an investigational oral calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist for migraine prevention, led to fewer monthly migraine days in episodic monthly migraine patients, results of a phase IIb/III ...
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Diagnosis and Management of Sensory Polyneuropathy

 Sensory polyneuropathies, which are caused by dysfunction of peripheral sensory nerve fibers, are a heterogeneous group of disorders that range from the common diabetic neuropathy to the rare sensory neuronopathies. The presenting symptoms, acuity, time course, severity, and subsequent morbidity vary and depend on the type of fiber that is affected and the underlying cause. Damage to small thinly myelinated and unmyelinated nerve fibers results in neuropathic pain, whereas damage to large myelinated sensory afferents results in proprioceptive deficits and ataxia.
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Chemist IDs Possible Addiction-Free Pain Reliever

 A naturally occurring enzyme, called diacylglycerol lipase-beta, or DAGLb, is a possible new drug target for reducing pain. Full story.  

Chronic Use of Tramadol after Acute Pain Episode: Cohort Study

To determine the risk of prolonged opioid use in patients receiving tramadol compared with other short acting opioids. Opioid-naive patients undergoing elective surgery. Risk of persistent opioid use after discharge for patients treated with tramadol alone compared with other short acting opioids, using three commonly used definitions of prolonged opioid use from the literature: additional opioid use (defined as at least one opioid fill 90-180 days after surgery); persistent opioid use (any span of opioid use starting in the 180 days after surgery and lasting ≥90 days); and CONSORT definition (an opioid use episode starting in the 180 days after surgery that spans ≥90 days and includes either ≥10 opioid fills or ≥120 days' supply of opioids).

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Hospitals Testing Virtual Reality to Improve Pain Management

Hospitals are experimenting with virtual reality to see if it can reduce pain, enhance the effect of medication, and lower the chances a patient is admitted.  Full story.  
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Remote Electrical Neuromodulation (REN) Relieves Acute Migraine: A Randomized, Double‐Blind, Placebo‐Controlled, Multicenter Trial

There is a significant unmet need for novel effective well‐tolerated acute migraine treatments. REN is a novel acute migraine treatment that stimulates upper arm peripheral nerves to induce conditioned pain modulation – ...
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New Opioid Speeds Up Recovery Without Increasing Pain Sensitivity or Risk of Chronic Pain

A novel opioid developed by researchers at Tulane University and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System is as strong as morphine but isn't addictive and causes fewer side effects, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation

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Multiple Cranial Nerve Blocks for the Transitional Treatment of Chronic Headaches

Multiple cranial nerve blocks of the greater and lesser occipital, supraorbital, supratrochlear and auriculotemporal nerves are widely used in the treatment of primary headaches. We present efficacy and safety data for these procedures. In an uncontrolled open-label prospective study, 119 patients with chronic cluster headache, chronic migraine, short lasting unilateral neuralgiform attack disorders, new daily persistent headaches, hemicrania continua and chronic paroxysmal hemicrania were examined.

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Researchers are Testing Ultrasound to Treat Neuropathic Pain

Steroid injections, nerve stimulators and spinal fusions were no match for the chronic pain in Tammy Durfee's left side. After a decade searching for relief, a four-hour procedure using focused ultrasound put her pain to rest.

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Virtual Reality as Therapy for Pain

Virtual Reality Therapy is the new kid on the block for pain management, now gradually growing in use as the opioid epidemic continues to soar and the price of the needed equipment has plummeted. 

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