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Review of clinical trials based on administering antidepressants for chronic postsurgical pain

Review of clinical trials based on administering antidepressants for chronic postsurgical pain

After a systematic review of clinical trials based on administering antidepressants for acute and chronic postsurgical pain, researchers have concluded that more trials are needed to determine whether these drugs should be prescribed for postsurgical pain on a regular basis. [More]
Viewpoints: Medicare no longer 'busting' the budget; a 'nightmare' trying to get coverage in D.C.

Viewpoints: Medicare no longer 'busting' the budget; a 'nightmare' trying to get coverage in D.C.

You're looking at the biggest story involving the federal budget and a crucial one for the future of the American economy. Every year for the last six years in a row, the Congressional Budget Office has reduced its estimate for how much the federal government will need to spend on Medicare in coming years. [More]
Research to understand how medical marijuana laws may influence overdose deaths

Research to understand how medical marijuana laws may influence overdose deaths

In states where it is legal to use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and other conditions, the annual number of deaths from prescription drug overdose is 25 percent lower than in states where medical marijuana remains illegal, new research suggests. [More]
Authors emphasize benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplements on bone health

Authors emphasize benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplements on bone health

Calcium and vitamin D are essential to keeping bones strong, dense and healthy as we age, as well as preventing bone loss, osteporosis, and skeletal fractures. [More]
Physicians of Orthopaedic & Spine Center open new Pain Management Center at Virginia

Physicians of Orthopaedic & Spine Center open new Pain Management Center at Virginia

The physicians of Orthopaedic & Spine Center have announced the opening of their new Pain Management Center, located at 250 Nat Turner Boulevard in Newport News, Virginia. In its sixth year, the pain management program now has its own dedicated space on the second floor. [More]
Glenmark announces discovery and initiation of IND enabling studies of innovative bispecific antibody

Glenmark announces discovery and initiation of IND enabling studies of innovative bispecific antibody

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals S.A. (GPSA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Limited India (GPL), announces the discovery and initiation of IND enabling studies of a novel clinical development candidate, GBR 1302, a HER2xCD3 bispecific antibody. [More]
Studies support clinical use of antidepressants for treatment of postoperative pain

Studies support clinical use of antidepressants for treatment of postoperative pain

Antidepressants are known to provide effective pain relief for various chronic pain conditions; however, the jury is still out on their use in treating the millions of patients who suffer from acute or chronic pain following surgery. [More]
Doctors test device designed to 'turn off' cluster headaches

Doctors test device designed to 'turn off' cluster headaches

For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center performed the first surgery in the United States to insert a neurostimulator to provide relief from cluster headaches, which are more painful than migraines. [More]
Researchers determine safety and effectiveness of neurostimulation to treat chronic pain

Researchers determine safety and effectiveness of neurostimulation to treat chronic pain

Chronic pain, which persists despite the fact that an injury has healed, can last for many months or years and may affect up to 15 percent of the adult population at any point in time. [More]
First peer-reviewed comprehensive expert guidance on the use of neurostimulation for pain

First peer-reviewed comprehensive expert guidance on the use of neurostimulation for pain

Reflecting groundbreaking international consensus regarding a group of rapidly evolving medical interventions for chronic pain, the International Neuromodulation Society announced it will soon publish the first peer-reviewed comprehensive expert guidance on the appropriate use of neurostimulation for pain. [More]
Opioid compliance checklist shows promise for chronic pain management

Opioid compliance checklist shows promise for chronic pain management

Researchers have developed a brief and simple checklist that clinicians can use to monitor opioid adherence among people with chronic pain. [More]
BioDelivery Sciences updates on Clonidine Topical Gel Phase 3 trial for PDN treatment

BioDelivery Sciences updates on Clonidine Topical Gel Phase 3 trial for PDN treatment

BioDelivery Sciences International, Inc. announced today that it has completed a pre-specified interim analysis of the ongoing initial pivotal Phase 3 trial for Clonidine Topical Gel for the treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN). [More]
Disabling back pain increases mortality risk for older women

Disabling back pain increases mortality risk for older women

Disabling back pain puts women in their 70s at an increased risk of death, findings from the Cambridge City over-75s Cohort study suggest. [More]

FSMB takes effort to educate physicians on safe prescribing of opioid analgesics

The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) announced today that the nation's state medical boards have kicked off a multi-state effort to educate health care professionals on the safe and responsible prescribing of extended-release (ER) and long-acting (LA) opioid analgesics for patients with chronic pain. [More]
Opioid use does not impair reverse shoulder arthroplasty success

Opioid use does not impair reverse shoulder arthroplasty success

Taking opioids prior to reverse shoulder arthroplasty does not hamper patients’ chances of having successful outcomes, researchers have found. [More]

National Pain Week: NPS MedicineWise advises people on how to manage pain

This National Pain Week (21 – 27 July 2014), NPS MedicineWise is urging people living with pain to know how to use pain relieving medicines safely, and to have a conversation with their health professional about both the type and dose of pain relief medicine that are right for them. [More]
Severe pain during and post delivery linked to postpartum depression

Severe pain during and post delivery linked to postpartum depression

Controlling pain during childbirth and post delivery may reduce the risk of postpartum depression, writes Katherine Wisner, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine- perinatal psychiatrist, in a July 23 editorial in Anesthesia & Analgesia. [More]
Chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis: an interview with Ailsa Bosworth, CE, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Chronic fatigue and rheumatoid arthritis: an interview with Ailsa Bosworth, CE, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society

Chronic fatigue is about much more than merely feeling tired and when it is at its worst, people feel unable to do almost anything, so it can impact absolutely every area of their life. [More]

Choice of HRQoL measure for chronic pain matters

Researchers recommend the use of generic health-related quality of life measures to determine pain-related burden of disease, but consideration needs to be given to which one is used. [More]
Telecare approach improves chronic musculoskeletal pain management

Telecare approach improves chronic musculoskeletal pain management

A collaborative care approach delivered by telephone is effective for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain, show findings from the Stepped Care to Optimize Pain Care Effectiveness study. [More]