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

Ketamine’s Antidepressive Effects Tied to Opioid System in Brain

Source: Stanford Medicine The surprising finding of a new Stanford study may alter how new antidepressants are developed and administered in order to mitigate the risk of opioid dependence. Full story .

Revealing a Novel Nociceptive Network that Links the Subthalamic Nucleus to Pain Processing

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Researchers Identify Potential Target for Treating Pain During Surgery

Source: University of Colorado School of Medicine A research team lead by faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine have published a study that improves the understanding of the pain-sensing neurons that respond to tissue injury during surgery. Full story .

Researchers Reveal How Gene Variant Is Linked to Chronic Pain After Traumatic Injury

Source: UNC School of Medicine The study, led by UNC School of Medicine researchers, shows that the reason the variant affects chronic pain outcomes is because it alters the ability of the gene FKBP5 to be regulated by a microRNA. Full story .  
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Is Joint Pain in Patients with Arthralgia Suspicious for Progression to Rheumatoid Arthritis Explained by Subclinical Inflammation? A Cross-Sectional MRI Study

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Helping Surgical Patients Taper Off Opioids Safely and Successfully

Source: University Health Network A study following 251 surgical patients at risk of developing chronic pain or persistent opioid use at Toronto General Hospital (TG), University Health Network (UHN) found that almost half of patients who did not take opioids before surgery were able to wean off opioids, and one in four of those who did take opioid...
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Study Finds Racial Disparities in Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Source: Yale News Yale researchers have identified racial disparities in the treatment of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain. Black patients who receive opioids long-term are more likely than whites to be tested for illicit drug use. Full story.
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TRP Channels as Potential Targets for Sex-Related Differences in Migraine Pain

Source: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences The study, in Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences , suggests that sex hormones affect cells around the trigeminal nerve and connected blood vessels in the head, with estrogens -- at their highest levels in women of reproductive age -- being particularly important for sensitizing these cells to migraine trig...
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Opioid Prescribing Decreases after Learning of a Patient's Fatal Overdose

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Microglial Pannexin-1 Channel Activation is a Spinal Determinant of Joint Pain

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