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Those Who Have Chronic Pain May Need to Assess Vitamin D Status

Mayo Clinic research shows a correlation between inadequate vitamin D levels and the amount of narcotic medication taken by patients who have chronic pain. This correlation is an important finding as researchers discover new ways to treat chronic pain.

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American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting

You are invited to cover proceedings of the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society, the leading multidisciplinary professional organization in the United States dedicated to advancing pain-related research, education, treatment and team-oriented professional practice.

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pain, Pain Medications

Pain Sensitivity Increases with Opioids Treatment

Use of opioid pain medications may contribute to an increase in sensitivity to some types of pain, according to an Australian study published in The Journal of Pain.

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pain, Rheumatoid Arthritis

Self-Imposed Barriers Inhibit Pain Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Surprisingly, there is little understanding about the pain experience in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) other than measurements of pain intensity. A team of Canadian researchers addressed this knowledge gap in a study of 60 RA patients to assess their pain experiences, determine satisfaction with pain control, and explore barriers that may inhibit optimal pain management.

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pain, Opioids, Naltrexone, Naloxone, Opioid, Antagonists

Opioid Blockers Help Relieve Problematic Pain

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According to an evidence review from Pain Treatment Topics, opioid antagonists like naloxone and naltrexone -- which block opioid drugs from activating their receptors -- may be surprisingly helpful for relieving difficult-to-treat pain conditions.

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Chronic, Abdominal, pain, Treatment, Visceral, ibs

Research Uncovers Promising Target to Treat Chronic Abdominal Pain

High levels of a protein linked to the way pain signals are sent to the brain led to a decrease in abdominal pain in a recent study in mice. Researchers say the finding suggests the protein might someday serve as the basis of new treatments for chronic pain associated with a number of bowel disorders.

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LOW, Back, pain

Avoiding Surgery for Low Back Pain

Many patients may benefit more from non-invasive treatments.

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Anesthesia, Anesthesiologists, Anesthesiology, pain, Treatment, Respiratory, Depression, Chronic, pain, Guidelines, Neuraxial, Opioids, Epidural, Spinal, Anesthesia

New ASA Guidelines Address Aggressive Pain Treatments, Related Respiratory Depression

As a growing body of evidence suggests that aggressive treatment of pain, by either intravenous or neuraxial opioids may be associated with respiratory depression, the American Society of Anesthesiologists has released updated Practice Guidelines for the Prevention, Detection and Management of Respiratory Depression Associated with Neuraxial Opioid Administration. The updated guidelines can be found in the February 2009 journal Anesthesiology.

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pain, Treatment, Opioid, Abuse, Addiction

Prescription Opioid Abuse, Addiction Less Common Than Many Believe

According to a review from Pain Treatment Topics (Pain-Topics.org), establishing medical policies or practices in pain management based on a presumption of high rates of opioid analgesic abuse or addiction could be misguided, resulting in added costs for healthcare delivery and the undertreatment of pain.

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pain, Treatment, Research

Pain Treatment Research Reports Often Cannot Be Trusted

According to an evidence-based review at Pain-Topics.org, healthcare providers and others need to be more skeptical about what they read, hear at conferences, or see on the Internet regarding the validity of research on pain management practices.







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