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

Pain Researchers Get a Common Language to Describe Pain

Pain researchers around the world have agreed to classify pain in the mouth, jaw, and face according to the same system. This means that medical doctors and dentists will have a common language and the same understanding...
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Association of Intermittent and Constant Knee Pain Patterns With Knee Pain Severity, Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis Duration and Severity

The objective of this study was to examine the relation of knee pain patterns to pain severity, and to radiographic osteoarthritis (OA) severity and duration. 

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A Comprehensive Review of Over-The-Counter Treatment for Chronic Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are a neurologic disorder characterized by attacks of moderate to severe throbbing headache that are typically unilateral, exacerbated by physical activity, and associated with phonophobia, photophobia...
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Perioperative Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for Anesthesiologists: An Overview

Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) has played a role across almost every medical specialty. Although anesthesiologists have been using bedside ultrasound for nerve blocks and vascular access for many years now, there has b...
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Surgery Versus Conservative Care for Persistent Sciatica Lasting 4 to 12 Months

The treatment of chronic sciatica caused by herniation of a lumbar disk has not been well studied in comparison with acute disk herniation. Data are needed on whether diskectomy or a conservative approach is better for s...
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Acupuncture for Pediatric Sickle Cell Pain Management: A Promising Non-Opioid Therapy

The objective of this study is to describe the use of acupuncture for pain management in children with sickle cell disease. 

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IL-4 Induces M2 Macrophages to Produce Sustained Analgesia Via Opioids

IL-4 is a pleiotropic antiinflammatory cytokine, which can be neuroprotective after nervous system injury. The beneficial actions of IL-4 are thought to result from the blunting of action of inflammatory mediators, such ...
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Association of Opioid Use with Pain and Satisfaction After Dental Extraction

Dentists commonly prescribe opioids to relieve pain after tooth extraction. Understanding the differences in patient-reported outcomes between opioid users and nonusers could encourage the adoption of more conservative a...
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Smartphone Use and Primary Headache

The objective of this study is to determine the association of smartphone use with occurrence of new-onset headache and/or increased severity of headaches in patients with primary headache.  Read the abstract . ...
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Behavioral Activation and Behavioral Inhibition: An Examination of Function in Chronic Pain

The objective of the study was to examine the BIS-BAS model of chronic pain. This model posits that 2 neurophysiological systems-the behavioral inhibition system (BIS) sensitized to and activated by punishment cues and t...
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