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Study Explores Patient-Doctor Communication About Opioid Tapering

Increased scrutiny of opioid prescribing for patients with chronic pain has led providers and healthcare organizations to consider opioid-dose reductions, known as tapering. Such actions can precipitate communication challenges for primary-care physicians. A new study, published in The Journal of Pain, examined patient-doctor conversations and explored best practices associated with opioid tapering. The Journal of Pain is the peer-review publication of the American Pain Society, www.americanpainsociety.org.

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Neurosceince, genetics and addiction, Golgi, Inserm

UCI Geneticist Emiliana Borrelli Receives Prestigious European Honors

This fall, UCI's Emiliana Borrelli was awarded the title of Knight in the Order of the “Légion d’Honneur,” the most prestigious civilian honor given by the French government, received the prestigious Golgi Medal Award in Neuroscience from the Golgi Foundation at a ceremony in Brescia, Italy.

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cancer genetics, dara aisner, LCMC, lung cancer, Lung Cancer Mutation Consortium, lung cancer targeted treatment, university of colorado cancer center

Even Smokers May Benefit From Targeted Lung Cancer Treatments

When a targetable genetic alteration is present, matching the alteration with the appropriate targeted therapy is associated with a survival benefit of 1.5 years, regardless of smoking history.

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Addiction, Chronic Pain, chronic pain management, Pain Medication, opioid abuse, Opioid Abuse Epidemic, opioid addiction treatment, National Institutes of Health, Drug Dependency, Drug Development, Research & Development

Genetic Study Defies ‘One-size-fits-all’ Approach to Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

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Researchers are assessing clinical and genetic characteristics of a large patient cohort suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pain and receiving prescription opioids. With this information, the multidisciplinary team will derive a clinical and genetic profile of prescription opioid-use disorder and use this knowledge to develop an “addiction risk score.” Findings from this study will be key in identifying those who are at low-risk from those who are at high-risk of prescription opioid-use disorder.

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Mayo Clinic Offers Wellness Content, Assessment to Support Healthier Lifestyles

Mayo Clinic has expanded its commercial content offerings to include expert, research-based wellness content and a personalized, actionable wellness assessment.

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Medical Marijuana for Children with Cancer? What Providers Think

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A study published in Pediatrics examined interdisciplinary provider perspectives on legal medical marijuana use in children with cancer. It found that 92 percent of providers were willing to help children with cancer access medical marijuana. However, providers who are legally eligible to certify for medical marijuana were less open to endorsing its use. While nearly a third of providers received one or more requests for medical marijuana, the lack of standards on formulations, dosing and potency was identified as the greatest barrier to recommending it. These findings reflect survey responses from 288 providers in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington.

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E-Cig Use Increases Risk of Beginning Tobacco Cigarette Use in Young Adults

Young adults who use electronic cigarettes are more than four times as likely to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes within 18 months as their peers who do not vape, according to new University of Pittsburgh research. The findings demonstrate that e-cigarettes are serving as a gateway to traditional smoking, contrary to their purported value as a smoking cessation tool. The study is the first nationally representative survey that followed for more than a year people 18 to 30 years old who were initially nonsmokers.

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Lung Cancer Prevention: 12 Tips to Reduce Your Risk

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Remember when your mom always told you “what you do now will catch up with you when you’re older?” She wasn’t lying. Lung cancer is a disease that mostly affects the elderly, with 83 percent of those living with cancer being 60-years-of-age or older, but reducing your risk of getting lung cancer starts when you’re young.

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Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Society For Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Drug Addiction, depression research, drugs of abuse, Neurobiology and Behavior, addiction biology, Yale University, Neuropsychopharmacology

Mount Sinai Neuroscientist Awarded Two Prestigious Honors

Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD, Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, Director of The Friedman Brain Institute, and Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, has been awarded two prestigious honors for his research and leadership in the fields of science and education: the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) Paul Hoch Distinguished Service Award and the Wilbur Cross Medal from the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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Surgery-Related Opioid Doses Could Drop Dramatically, Without Affecting Patients’ Pain Control, Study Suggests

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Some surgeons might be able to prescribe a third of opioid painkiller pills that they currently give patients, and not affect their level of post-surgery pain control, a new study suggests. That would mean far fewer opioids left over to feed the ongoing national crisis of misuse, addiction and overdose.







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