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Better quality of care may reduce mortality risk in patients treated with opioid therapy for pain

Better quality of care may reduce mortality risk in patients treated with opioid therapy for pain

Better quality of care may reduce the risk of death for patients who are prescribed opioid painkillers for chronic pain, say Yale researchers. Their study, published Feb. 4 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, offers evidence that supports recommendations from clinical practice guidelines encouraging physicians to engage patients with mental health services and substance abuse treatment, as well as to avoid co-prescriptions for sedatives. [More]
Noninvasive FMRI may help evaluate effectiveness of new pain medications

Noninvasive FMRI may help evaluate effectiveness of new pain medications

New research may allow new, more effective and safer pain medications to reach patients who suffer from chronic pain sooner. According to a recent study published in Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI), to measure the brain's neural response to pain, may be a viable tool for evaluating the effectiveness of new pain medications during the early stages of human drug development - providing the needed objective evidence to prevent the premature discarding of potentially beneficial therapies. [More]
Prevalence of past-year generalized anxiety disorder much higher among older adults with COPD

Prevalence of past-year generalized anxiety disorder much higher among older adults with COPD

The prevalence of past-year generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) for adults aged 50 and older with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is much higher compared to older adults without COPD (5.8% vs 1.7%), according to a new study published by University of Toronto researchers. [More]
People with disabilities, caregivers, veterans and healthcare professionals to attend 2016 Abilities Expo

People with disabilities, caregivers, veterans and healthcare professionals to attend 2016 Abilities Expo

Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans and healthcare professionals are expected to attend Abilities Expo on February 5-7, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A. Admission is free and the new show hours will get attendees home in time to watch the Super Bowl: Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm. [More]
Researchers develop new painkiller as strong as morphine but not addictive

Researchers develop new painkiller as strong as morphine but not addictive

Researchers at Tulane University and Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System have developed a painkiller that is as strong as morphine but isn't likely to be addictive and with fewer side effects, according to a new study in the journal Neuropharmacology. [More]
Opioid medication does not improve physical function in patients with neuropathic pain

Opioid medication does not improve physical function in patients with neuropathic pain

Opioids such as morphine, codeine and Tylenol 3 can be effective for treating pain, however, a new University of Alberta study finds that patients with neuropathic pain taking opioids report no improvements in physical functioning compared to those who were not prescribed opioids. [More]
Temple University Hospital makes strides in confronting prescription drug abuse

Temple University Hospital makes strides in confronting prescription drug abuse

Prescription drug abuse has become a public health crisis in the U.S., and Temple University Hospital has made strides in confronting this critical situation. [More]
Traditional acupuncture no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms

Traditional acupuncture no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms

A new study has revealed traditional Chinese acupuncture treatments are no better than fake acupuncture for treating menopause symptoms. [More]
Researchers identify protein structure linked to pain and heat perception

Researchers identify protein structure linked to pain and heat perception

Touch a hot stove, and your fingers will recoil in pain because your skin carries tiny temperature sensors that detect heat and send a message to your brain saying, "Ouch! That's hot! Let go!" [More]
Physician-researchers find link between 'dry eye' and chronic pain syndromes

Physician-researchers find link between 'dry eye' and chronic pain syndromes

Physician-researchers with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of UHealth--the University of Miami Health System, have found a link between "dry eye" and chronic pain syndromes -- a finding that suggests that a new paradigm is needed for diagnosis and treatment to improve patient outcomes. [More]
Major bone fracture may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life

Major bone fracture may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life

Breaking a major bone may increase risk of widespread chronic body pain in later life, a new study has found. [More]
New book reveals that self-criticism can be mentally and physically harmful

New book reveals that self-criticism can be mentally and physically harmful

A new book by Prof. Golan Shahar of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev reveals that self-criticism can be both mentally and physically harmful, leading to mental disorder, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and even suicide. [More]
Most patients with chronic pain continue to receive prescription opioids after nonfatal overdose

Most patients with chronic pain continue to receive prescription opioids after nonfatal overdose

A study led by Boston Medical Center indicates that most patients with chronic pain who are hospitalized after a nonfatal opioid overdose continue to receive prescription opioids after the overdose and are at high risk for experiencing a repeated overdose. [More]
Opioid prescribing guideline has immediate, sustained impact on prescribing rates

Opioid prescribing guideline has immediate, sustained impact on prescribing rates

Emergency medicine physicians at Temple University Hospital have found that an opioid prescribing guideline had an immediate and sustained impact on opioid prescribing rates for minor conditions and chronic noncancer pain in an acute care setting. [More]

More than 90% of patients continue to receive prescription opioids after overdose

More than 90 percent of patients with chronic pain continue to receive prescription opioids after an overdose and are at high risk for experiencing a repeated overdose, according to an article published in Annals of Internal Medicine. [More]
New treatment strategy may take pain away

New treatment strategy may take pain away

A brain region controlling whether we feel happy or sad, as well as addiction, is remodeled by chronic pain, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. [More]
Nuvo Research announces topline results from WF10 Phase 2 trial for treatment of allergic rhinitis

Nuvo Research announces topline results from WF10 Phase 2 trial for treatment of allergic rhinitis

Nuvo Research Inc., a life sciences company with growing revenues and a diverse portfolio of topical products, today announced the results of its investigational Phase 2 clinical trial of WF10 (Trial) for the treatment of allergic rhinitis. [More]
Kitov announces more data from Phase III trial on the favorable blood pressure effects of KIT-302

Kitov announces more data from Phase III trial on the favorable blood pressure effects of KIT-302

Kitov Pharmaceuticals, an innovative biopharmaceutical company focused on late-stage drug development, today announced more data from its successfully concluded Phase III trial for its lead drug candidate, KIT-302. Data showed the favorable blood pressure effects of KIT-302 were present in all blood pressure variables measured in the study. [More]
Toronto researchers reveal how opioids interfere with breathing mechanism

Toronto researchers reveal how opioids interfere with breathing mechanism

University of Toronto researchers on a quest to make opioid drugs less lethal have discovered a window of opportunity: a tiny channel in the brain where opioids interfere with the breathing mechanism. [More]
Stanford study finds that overprescription of opioids goes beyond ‘pill mill’ prescribers

Stanford study finds that overprescription of opioids goes beyond ‘pill mill’ prescribers

Most prescriptions for opioid painkillers are made by the broad swath of U.S. general practitioners, not by a limited group of specialists, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
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