Study Finds the Frequency of Alpha Brain Waves Could Be Used to Assess a Person's Predisposition to Pain

The frequency of alpha brain waves can be used as a measure of an individual's vulnerability to developing and experiencing pain, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK and University of Maryland in the US...
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Mayo Study Shows Easy-to-Use, Noninvasive Stimulation Device can Help Prevent Migraine Attacks

Source: Mayo Clinic A new study published in Cephalalgia in March shows single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation is a new way to prevent migraine attacks. Full story...
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Cancer Patients’ Pain Eased by Simple Bedside Chart

Source: University of Edinburgh, U.K. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh worked with doctors to develop the Edinburgh Pain Assessment and management Tool (EPAT) – a pen and paper chart which medical staff use to ...
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Low-Cost Tool for Compliance and Treatment-Tracking of Low Back Pain Patients

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Palmitoylation of δ-Catenin Promotes Kinesin-Mediated Membrane Trafficking of Nav1.6 in Sensory Neurons to Promote Neuropathic Pain

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Oxycodone Use Shifts in Australia After Tamper-Resistant Versions Introduced

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal After the introduction of tamper-resistant oxycodone in Australia, dispensing rates for higher-strength formulations decreased for people younger than 65 years, but there was ...
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In Laboratory, SLU Scientist Turns Off Chemo Pain

Source: St. Louis University In a recent paper published in the journal Pain , Saint Louis University researchers describe their success in an animal model in turning off the excruciating pain that often accompanies a co...
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Postoperative subQ Pain Control for Spinal Fusion Surgery

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Comorbidity Between Pain and Mental Illness – Evidence of a Bidirectional Relationship

Source: European Journal of Pain Abstract: Background: Pain from various locations in the body and mental illness are common and the comorbidity between the two is well known although the temporal relationship remains to...
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Encoding of Self-Referential Pain Catastrophizing in Posterior Cingulate Cortex in Fibromyalgia

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The Lancet Series on Low Back Pain

Source: The Lancet The Lancet publishes three papers on low back pain, by an international group of authors led by Prof Rachelle Buchbinder, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, which address the issues around the di...
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Chronic Pain Impairs Cognitive Flexibility and Engages Novel Learning Strategies in Rats

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Effect of Tai Chi Versus Aerobic Exercise for Fibromyalgia: Comparative Effectiveness Randomized Controlled Trial

[Source: BMJ] Abstract: Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of tai chi interventions compared with aerobic exercise, a current core standard treatment in patients with fibromyalgia, and to test whether the effecti...
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Certain Pain Medications Linked to Increased Heart Risks

Source: Wiley, British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) was associated with an 18% increased risk of atrial fibrillation -- an irregular, often rapid heart rate -- in ...
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College Education Linked to Opioid Misuse among Baby Boomers

Source: University of Buffalo The more educated a member of the baby boomer generation, the more likely they are to misuse prescription opioids, according to new research from the University at Buffalo. Full story...

New Medicare Card Transition Begins April 1

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: March 21, 2018 CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) in April 2018. The MBI on the new card is effective immediately...
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Bonipar for Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

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Pre-Operative Chronic Opioid Therapy: A Risk Factor for Complications, Readmission, Continued Opioid Use and Increased Costs after One- and Two-Level Posterior Lumbar Fusion

Source: Spine Abstract: Study Design: Retrospective, economic analysis. Objective: To study patient profile associated with preoperative chronic opioid therapy (COT), and study COT as a risk factor for 90-day complicatio...
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Weight Loss After Stomach-Narrowing Surgery Eases Chronic Knee Pain

Source: NYU Langone Health A new report finds that extremely obese people who have a band surgically strapped around their stomachs to restrict food intake not only lose weight but also suffer less from arthritic knee pa...
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Minimally Invasive Treatment Reduces Knee Pain and Disability from Osteoarthritis

Source: Society of Interventional Radiology A nonsurgical treatment could improve quality of life for patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis, according to new research presented today at the Society of Interventio...
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Low-Dose Naltrexone Explored as Option for Chronic Pain

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The Other Opioid Crisis: Hospital Shortages Lead To Patient Pain, Medical Errors

Source: Kaiser Health News Even as opioids flood American communities and fuel widespread addiction, hospitals are facing a dangerous shortage of the powerful painkillers needed by patients in acute pain, according to do...
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Special Issue: Cannabis in Medicine

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Spinal and Supra-Spinal Pain Mechanisms in Patients with Fibromyalgia

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The VIGOR Study - Virtual Immersive Gaming to Optimize Recovery in Low Back Pain (VIGOR)

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Baylor Research Breaks Down Relationship between Computers, Humans

[Source: Baylor Lariat] Since fibromyalgia causes chronic pain in the hands, people with the condition have trouble typing and using the mouses connected to the computers. The pain research is based off of different ways...
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Association of Mental Health Conditions and Treatments with Long-Term Opioid Analgesic Receipt Among Adolescents

Source: JAMA, Pediatrics Abstract: Importance: Adults with mental health conditions are more likely than those without to receive long-term opioid therapy. Less is known about opioid therapy among adolescents, especially...
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Inhibition of Neuronal FLT3 Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Alleviates Peripheral Neuropathic Pain in Mice

Source: Nature Communications Abstract: Peripheral neuropathic pain (PNP) is a debilitating and intractable chronic disease, for which sensitization of somatosensory neurons present in dorsal root ganglia that project to...
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Improving Postamputation Functioning by Decreasing Phantom Pain with Perioperative Continuous Peripheral Nerve Blocks

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Jennifer Whistler: On the Search for Safer Opioids

Source: UC Davis According to Jennifer Whistler, associate director of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience, drug development is headed in the wrong direction. Trends favor synthetic opioids that may mitigate side-effect...
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Low-Dose Amitriptyline as an Adjunct to Opioids for Postoperative Orthopedic Pain: A Placebo-Controlled Trial

Source: PAIN Abstract: Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) have been found to be useful in the management of a variety of chronic pain conditions, although there is little published regarding the potential efficacy of this ...
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Should Doctors Recommend Acupuncture for Pain?

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A Systems Neuroscience Approach to Migraine

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Nervous System Discovery Could Inform Stroke, Pain Therapies

Source: Oregon Health & Science University New research published in the journal Nature for the first time reveals the atomic structure of a key molecular component of the nervous system. Scientists at OHSU used adva...
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Specialty Societies and the AMA Successfully Challenge Anthem Payment Policy

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: March 7, 2018 The AMA and a number of specialty societies, including AAPM, were successful in preventing Anthem from applying a reimbursement reduction when an Evaluat...
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Integrated Health Services to Reduce Opioid Use While Managing Chronic Pain

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Pre-Surgery Counseling, Non-Opioid Pain Relievers Shown to Reduce Post-Surgery Opioid Use

Source: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Two new studies presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) demonstrated that pre-operative counseling resulted in a...
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Effect of Opioid vs Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients with Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Pain: The SPACE Randomized Clinical Trial

Source: JAMA Abstract: Importance: Limited evidence is available regarding long-term outcomes of opioids compared with nonopioid medications for chronic pain. Objective: To compare opioid vs nonopioid medications over 12...
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Study: Pain's Origins May Be Significantly Different in Males and Females

Source: The University of Texas at Dallas New research from The University of Texas at Dallas supports the growing consensus that pain begins differently for men and women at the cellular level. Dr. Ted Price BS'97, Dr. ...
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The Fear Avoidance Model Predicts Short-Term Pain and Disability Following Lumbar Disc Surgery

Source: PLOS One Abstract: Objective: To examine the prognostic value of the Fear Avoidance Model (FAM) variables when predicting pain intensity and disability 10-weeks postoperative following lumbar disc surgery. Read m...
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Cannabis Products for Adults with Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Source: Cochrane Bottom line: There is a lack of good evidence that any cannabis-derived product works for any chronic neuropathic pain. Background: Neuropathic pain is pain coming from damaged nerves. It is different fr...
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Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH Receives 2018 Elizabeth Narcessian Award

AAPM congratulates Rollin M. Gallagher, MD MPH , AAPM Past President (2009) and Editor, Pain Medicine journal, on receiving the 2018 American Pain Society's Elizabeth Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievem...
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Association of Multimodal Pain Management Strategies with Perioperative Outcomes and Resource Utilization: A Population-Based Study

Source: Anesthesiology Abstract: Background: Multimodal analgesia is increasingly considered routine practice in joint arthroplasties, but supportive large-scale data are scarce. The authors aimed to determine how the nu...
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UNB Researchers Test Virtual Reality to Treat Phantom Pain

Source: University of New Brunswick, CA Researchers at the University of New Brunswick's Institute of Biomedical Engineering are studying whether virtual reality helps patients quiet the signals that cause phantom pain. ...
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Cryoanalgesia to Treat Post-Amputation Phantom Limb Pain

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Shining the LAMP on Efforts to Transform Pain Care in America

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine Editorial by Robert D. Kerns, PhD: Pain, particularly chronic pain, is a public health crisis requiring a comprehensive national and international effort to address it. In the seminal ...
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Research Looks to Reduce Side Effects in Commonly Used Drugs

Source: The Australian National University (ANU) New research from The Australian National University (ANU) has drilled down to the molecular level to find similarities across six pharmaceutical drugs used in pain relief...
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IU Research Suggests Failed Osteoarthritis Drug Could Get New Life as Opioid-Addiction Treatment

Source: Indiana University A new study from Indiana University suggests that a drug proven safe for use in people may prevent opioid tolerance and physical dependence when used in combination with opioid-based pain medic...
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Identification of Brain Region Responsible for Alleviating Pain Could Lead to Development of Opioid Alternatives

Source: University of Cambridge The team, led by the University of Cambridge, have pinpointed an area of the brain that is important for endogenous analgesia – the brain's intrinsic pain relief system. Their results, pub...
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Literacy-Adapted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Versus Education for Chronic Pain at Low-Income Clinics: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine Abstract: Background: Chronic pain is common and challenging to treat. Although cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is efficacious, its benefit in disadvantaged populations is largely u...
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