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Temple Researchers Identify Potential Alternative to Opioids for Pain

A team of researchers in Temple's Institute for Computational Molecular Science (ICMS) have developed world-renowned expertise in the study of an ion channel called TRPA1, which generates the electrical signals that enab...
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Nightly Sleep Duration, Fragmentation, and Quality and Daily Risk of Migraine.

  Abstract:  Objective: To test the hypotheses that insufficient duration, high fragmentation, and poor sleep quality are temporally associated with migraine onset on the day immediately following the sleep per...
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Evaluation of the Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Prescribing Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy Program by the US Food and Drug Administration

Abstract: Importance : Extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioids have caused substantial morbidity and mortality in the United States, yet little is known about the efforts of the US Food and Drug Administration ...
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Trends in Opioid Prescribing and Self-Reported Pain Among US Adults.

Abstract:  Clinically informed efforts to curb inappropriate opioid prescribing seek to reduce prescribing to adults with lower pain levels that are potentially manageable with alternative therapies. According to th...
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Identification of Spinal Afferent Nerve Endings in the Colonic Mucosa and Submucosa That Communicate Directly With the Spinal Cord: The Gut-Brain Axis.

  Abstract:  The major sensory nerve pathway between the colon and central nervous system (spinal cord and brain) that underlies the gut-brain axis, is via spinal afferent neurons, with cell bodies in dorsal ro...
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The Relationship of Three-Dimensional Joint Space Width on Weight Bearing CT With Pain and Physical Function

Limitations of plain radiographs may contribute to poor sensitivity in the detection of knee osteoarthritis and poor correlation with pain and physical function. 3D joint space width, measured from weight bearing CT images, may yield a more accurate correlation with patients' symptoms.

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Hospital and Surgeon Variation in Patient-Reported Functional Outcomes After Lumbar Spine Fusion: A Statewide Evaluation

Despite an increasing interest in incorporating PROs as part of the move towards value-based payment and to improve quality, limited evidence exists on how PROs vary across hospitals and surgeons, a key aspect of using these metrics for quality profiling. 

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Trends in Prescription Analgesic Use Among Adults With Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States, 1999-2016

Monitoring trends in prescription analgesic use among adults with musculoskeletal conditions provides insight into how changing prescribing practices, guidelines, and policy measures may affect those who need pain management. 

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Research Calls for New Measures to Treat Mental Illness and Opioid Use

Opioid use among psychiatric hospital patients needs to be addressed through an integrated approach to managing mental illness, pain and substance use, a study by researchers at the University of Waterloo has found. 

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Researchers Explore A Drug-Free Idea to Relieve Chronic Pain: Green Light

A small but growing body of research suggesting a link between green light and pain, including animal research. While there are not yet robust data on humans, some researchers see promise for a drug-free approach that co...
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