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Study demonstrates the important role of placebo effect in medical care

Study demonstrates the important role of placebo effect in medical care

The "placebo effect" is often described as events that occur when patients show improvement from treatments that contain no active ingredients. [More]
1 in 4 people with histories of nicotine use, substance abuse likely to use opioid painkillers long-term

1 in 4 people with histories of nicotine use, substance abuse likely to use opioid painkillers long-term

Opioid painkiller addiction and accidental overdoses have become far too common across the United States. To try to identify who is most at risk, Mayo Clinic researchers studied how many patients prescribed an opioid painkiller for the first time progressed to long-term prescriptions. The answer: 1 in 4. People with histories of tobacco use and substance abuse were likeliest to use opioid painkillers long-term. [More]
UTHealth researchers discover new light-activated proteins that work as 'off switches' for brain cells

UTHealth researchers discover new light-activated proteins that work as 'off switches' for brain cells

Light switches for neurons have made enormous contributions to brain research by giving investigators access to "on switches" for brain cells. But, finding "off switches" has been much more challenging. [More]
New research reveals that male and female mice use different cells to process pain

New research reveals that male and female mice use different cells to process pain

New research released today in Nature Neuroscience reveals for the first time that pain is processed in male and female mice using different cells. These findings have far-reaching implications for our basic understanding of pain, how we develop the next generation of medications for chronic pain—which is by far the most prevalent human health condition—and the way we execute basic biomedical research using mice. [More]
Spinifex Pharmaceuticals enters into agreement to be acquired by Novartis

Spinifex Pharmaceuticals enters into agreement to be acquired by Novartis

Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a company focused on the development of new drugs for the treatment of chronic pain, today announces that it has agreed to the sale of Spinifex to Novartis International AG, for an upfront cash consideration of US$200 million plus undisclosed clinical development and regulatory milestone payments. [More]
Wockhardt obtains final approval from FDA for marketing 5mg/ 5ml of Oxycodone HCl liquid

Wockhardt obtains final approval from FDA for marketing 5mg/ 5ml of Oxycodone HCl liquid

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology major Wockhardt has received final approval from the United States Food & Drug Administration (US FDA) for marketing 5mg/ 5ml of Oxycodone HCl liquid which is used in treatment of moderate to severe acute and chronic pain. Wockhardt is launching the product soon and will be amongst the few generic versions of this product in the market. [More]
ScinoPharm Taiwan, Raffles PharmaTech collaborate to manufacture Celecoxib

ScinoPharm Taiwan, Raffles PharmaTech collaborate to manufacture Celecoxib

ScinoPharm Taiwan, Ltd. and Raffles PharmaTech announced today the collaboration to manufacture "Celecoxib," a non-steroidal and anti-inflammatory analgesic active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). [More]
Findings could lead to treatments for chronic pain caused by nerve damage

Findings could lead to treatments for chronic pain caused by nerve damage

Non-narcotic treatments for chronic pain that work well in people, not just mice, are sorely needed. Drawing from human pain genetics, an international team led by Boston Children's Hospital demonstrates a way to break the cycle of pain hypersensitivity without the development of addiction, tolerance or side effects. [More]
AfBPM launches new educational tool to help assess, reduce medication abuse in home

AfBPM launches new educational tool to help assess, reduce medication abuse in home

The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management today launched a new educational tool – "Are You the Only One Taking Your Medicine?" – that consumers and health care providers can use to assess whether a home is at risk for medication misuse, abuse or diversion. [More]
INS announces winners of inaugural best abstract competition at 12th World Congress

INS announces winners of inaugural best abstract competition at 12th World Congress

The International Neuromodulation Society (INS) announced winners today of its inaugural best abstract competition at the 12th World Congress in Montreal. [More]
Full clinical trial feasible in refractory chronic angina pectoris

Full clinical trial feasible in refractory chronic angina pectoris

Results of the world's first publicly funded randomized controlled clinical trial of spinal cord stimulation, being presented today at the 12th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society, conclude that a fully powered clinical trial is feasible in refractory chronic angina pectoris, a disabling and persistent chronic pain condition. [More]
Stem cell transplant restores sensory functions in injured spinal cord

Stem cell transplant restores sensory functions in injured spinal cord

New research from Uppsala University shows promising progress in the use of stem cells for treatment of spinal cord injury. The results, which are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports, show that human stem cells that are transplanted to the injured spinal cord contribute to restoration of some sensory functions. [More]
Study suggests direct biophysical link between chronic pain, depression and anxiety

Study suggests direct biophysical link between chronic pain, depression and anxiety

Brain inflammation caused by chronic nerve pain alters activity in regions that regulate mood and motivation, suggesting for the first time that a direct biophysical link exists between long-term pain and the depression, anxiety and substance abuse seen in more than half of these patients, UC Irvine and UCLA researchers report. [More]
Ampio reports effects of Ampion in treating chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee

Ampio reports effects of Ampion in treating chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis of the knee

Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced three peer-review publications that report the multifaceted and synergistic effects of Ampion in the treatment of osteoarthritis in the knee. [More]

Boston Scientific announces European launch of Precision Novi SCS System

Boston Scientific announces the European launch of the Precision Novi Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS) System at the International Neuromodulation Society in Montreal, Canada. The 16-contact primary cell device has CE Mark for the treatment of chronic pain, and is the smallest high-capacity primary cell device currently available. [More]
Egalet announces top-line results from Egalet-002 study in moderate drinkers

Egalet announces top-line results from Egalet-002 study in moderate drinkers

Egalet Corporation, a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing innovative pain treatments, today announced top-line results from a randomized, four-way crossover alcohol-interaction study in healthy male and female moderate drinkers with Egalet-002, an abuse-deterrent, extended-release, oral oxycodone-based product in development for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock opioid treatment and for which alternative treatments are inadequate. [More]
New study reports that poor sleep habits increase pain in knee OA

New study reports that poor sleep habits increase pain in knee OA

A new study reports that patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who have poor sleep habits display greater central sensitization--an amplification of clinical pain. Findings published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, further show OA patients who catastrophize--consumed by thoughts of pain--had increased central sensitization that was associated with greater clinical pain. [More]
Women who suffer from fibromyalgia benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Women who suffer from fibromyalgia benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Women who suffer from fibromyalgia benefit from a treatment regimen in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, according to researchers at Rice University and institutes in Israel. [More]
BioDelivery Sciences secures additional $20.7M in gross debt funding from MidCap Financial

BioDelivery Sciences secures additional $20.7M in gross debt funding from MidCap Financial

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. announced today that it has secured an additional $20.7 million in gross debt funding from MidCap Financial to bring BDSI's total outstanding debt with MidCap to $30 million in a single senior secured loan. [More]

International Neuromodulation Society invites media to satellite-event news briefing before 12th World Congress

Representatives of the news media are invited to a satellite-event news briefing at 11 a.m. on June 6, 2015 before the International Neuromodulation Society 12th World Congress in Montreal. [More]
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