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Researchers identify key genes linked to pain perception

Researchers may have identified key genes linked to why some people have a higher tolerance for pain than others, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, April 26 to May 3, 2014. [More]

St. Jude Medical's net sales increase 2% in first quarter 2014

St. Jude Medical, Inc. today reported sales and net earnings for the first quarter ended March 29, 2014. [More]
Viewpoints: Obamacare dilemma -- some people dislike the law but embrace its provisions; are health costs falling?

Viewpoints: Obamacare dilemma -- some people dislike the law but embrace its provisions; are health costs falling?

Polls have consistently shown that even though the public opposes Obamacare, people like some of its most significant provisions. That's particularly true of the requirement that insurers ignore preexisting conditions when signing up customers for coverage. [More]

2014 PAINWeekEnd Regional Conference to highlight health crises of inadequate pain management

There are 116 million people in pain. There are 4,000 pain specialists. That's 29,000 patients per pain specialist. There are simply not enough pain specialists to go around. [More]
New nonsurgical approach to treat chronic pain and stiffness linked with knee osteoarthritis

New nonsurgical approach to treat chronic pain and stiffness linked with knee osteoarthritis

A new nonsurgical approach to treating chronic pain and stiffness associated with knee osteoarthritis has demonstrated significant, lasting improvement in knee pain, function, and stiffness. [More]

SLU researcher receives NIH grant to study on type of opioids that lead to depression

After finding a link between chronic use of prescription-based painkillers and increase in risk of depression, Saint Louis University researcher Jeffrey Scherrer, Ph.D., has received a $391,706 NIH grant to further investigate the pattern in a wider patient base, and study the type of opioids that lead to depression. [More]
BDSI enrolls first patient in Clonidine Topical Gel Phase 3 trial for treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy

BDSI enrolls first patient in Clonidine Topical Gel Phase 3 trial for treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. announced today the enrollment of the first patient in the RHAPSODY Study, a Phase 3 clinical trial of Clonidine Topical Gel for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy. [More]
Spouses who express emotions have better sexual, psychological and relational well-being

Spouses who express emotions have better sexual, psychological and relational well-being

Spouses who regulate their emotions together in a satisfactory manner are more fulfilled sexually, psychologically, and relationally, among couples in which the woman has provoked vestibulodynia (PVD), also known as "vulvar vestibulitis". [More]

New research reveals how good sleep can help chronic pain sufferers

Chronic pain sufferers could be kept physically active by improving the quality of their sleep, new research suggests. [More]

Biodelivery Sciences collaborates with Quintiles to launch BUNAVAIL in the U.S.

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement with Quintiles to provide a range of services to support the anticipated launch of BUNAVAIL (buprenorphine and naloxone buccal film), BDSI's proposed maintenance treatment for opioid dependence. [More]
Egalet provides business update, reports full year 2013 financial results

Egalet provides business update, reports full year 2013 financial results

Egalet Corporation ("Egalet") today reported business highlights and financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013. This marks the first time that Egalet is reporting its operating results as a public company. [More]
Axonics Modulation Technologies completes $32.6 million Series A preferred stock financing

Axonics Modulation Technologies completes $32.6 million Series A preferred stock financing

Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc., a developer of novel implantable neuromodulation technology, announced today that it has completed a $32.6 million Series A preferred stock financing. [More]

New insights into how human brain responds to chronic pain

University of Adelaide researchers say new insights into how the human brain responds to chronic pain could eventually lead to improved treatments for patients. [More]
New blood test detects specific genes activated in individuals with obstructive CAD

New blood test detects specific genes activated in individuals with obstructive CAD

Nearly $7 billion is spent each year in the U.S. on diagnostic testing of the estimated three million people with symptoms of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). [More]
New research reveals how substance abuse problems take hold in returning veterans

New research reveals how substance abuse problems take hold in returning veterans

Of nearly 1 million veterans who receive opioids to treat painful conditions, more than half continue to consume opioids chronically or beyond 90 days, new research says. Results presented at the 30th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine reported on a number of factors associated with opioid discontinuation with the goal of understanding how abuse problems take hold in returning veterans. [More]
Conditioned pain modulation decreases activity in human spinal cord, say researchers

Conditioned pain modulation decreases activity in human spinal cord, say researchers

Researchers have demonstrated that conditioned pain modulation (CPM), a measure of the brain's ability to regulate pain, decreases activity in the human spinal cord as visible via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). [More]
Findings provide new target for development of novel therapies to manage chronic pain

Findings provide new target for development of novel therapies to manage chronic pain

Scientists have shown for the first time that the abnormalities in the way the brain experiences pain may be to blame for the chronic pain suffered by osteoarthritis patients. [More]

APS annual meeting to be held in Tampa from April 30 to May 3, 2014

The 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society (APS) will convene April 30 through May 3 at the Tampa Convention Center. [More]

Treating long wait-times dictate long-term success of spinal cord stimulation therapy

Success rates soared to 75% for patients who waited less than 2 years for a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implant, compared with 15% for patients whose implants happened 20 years after the onset of pain, according to a retrospective analysis. [More]

NC-stat DPNCheck is a fast, accurate point-of-care test for diabetic peripheral neuropathy

NeuroMetrix, Inc. (the "Company"), a medical device company focused on the treatment and management of the neurological complications of diabetes, today reported publication of results from a study conducted at the University of Toronto. [More]