Pain Management

2017/02/27MEDICAL UPDATE

Post-surgical pain scores improve as analgesic opioid use falls

Researchers who conducted a retrospective analysis of data from over 100,000 surgical cases in one university health system have reported that patients' pain scores improved when physicians administered reduced opioid treatment and increased non-opioid pain treatment.

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2016/12/19MEDICAL UPDATE

Duloxetine shows efficacy for pain associated with breast cancer treatment

By Bruce Sylvester Duloxetine (Cymbalta ®), a widely-used treatment for depression and anxiety, appears to reduce joint pain in postmenopausal women being treated for early stage breast cancer, researchers reported on Dec. 9, 2016 in a special plenary session at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

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2016/08/15MEDICAL UPDATE

When the 100-year-old man can no longer climb out of the window

100-year-old persons are affected by substantial numbers of illnesses, and the frequency of untreated pain in this cohort is alarming. This is the result reported by Daniela Jopp and colleagues in their evaluation of the findings of the Second Heidelberg Centenarian Study.

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2016/08/12MEDICAL UPDATE

Less painkilling medication with breast-cancer surgery after opiate-free anesthesia

New research presented at Euroanaesthesia 2016 (London 27-30 May) shows that patients undergoing breast cancer surgery need less painkilling medication post-surgery if they have anaesthesia that is free of opioid drugs.

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2016/08/11MEDICAL UPDATE

Benefits of careful monitoring of chronic pain patients

Within the past 10 years, the prescription of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain has increased and the abuse of opioid medications leading to addiction has been described as epidemic.

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2016/08/10MEDICAL UPDATE

Link between back pain and depression

Genetic factors help to explain the commonly found association between low back pain and depression, suggests a large study of twins in the March issue of PAIN®.

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2016/08/05MEDICAL UPDATE

Rise in post-surgical opioid prescriping raises concerns, elicits new US guideline

by Bruce Sylvester: Patients who have undergone common surgeries are receiving opioid painkillers at an increasing rate, researchers reported on March 18, 2016 in JAMA/Journal of the American Medical Association.

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2016/07/07MEDICAL UPDATE

Single paediatric anesthesia entails no apparent cognitive risks

by Bruce Sylvester: A single exposure to general anesthesia does not lead to a cognitive risk in healthy children under age three, researchers reported On June 7, 2016 in JAMA/ Journal of the American Medical Association.

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2016/06/23MEDICAL UPDATE

World Health Matters: United State: ‘Green light’ signals relief for migraine patients

by Gary Finnegan: Exposing migraine sufferers to a narrow band of green light significantly reduces light sensitivity and can reduce headache severity, according to a new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and published in Brain.

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2016/06/17MEDICAL UPDATE

Bariatric surgery significantly improves measures of pain

by Bruce Sylvester: During three years following bariatric surgery, a majority of patients achieved improvement in pain, physical function, and walk time, researchers reported on April 5 2016 in JAMA/Journal of the American Medical Association.

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