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Pain News contains links to current pain management articles. It is our intent to provide busy healthcare practitioners with targeted relevant pain mgt information to assist you today, in making safe and effective decisions based on the most up to date information available. 

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July 21, 2017

Opioid dose reduction may benefit patients with chronic pain
https://www.healio.com

Drug-Free Cluster Headache Therapy Now Available
http://www.empr.com

Nerve Blocks Reduce Acute and Chronic Pain After Inguinal Hernia Repair
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

New form of CBT may help with chronic pain managemen
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

Researchers: Spinal Manipulation For Low Back Pain Comparable To NSAISs
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Resolving The Pill Crisis: Prescription Opioids And Chronic Pain
https://www.painweek.org

July 18, 2017

Peripheral Nerve Field Stimulation Found Effective in Alleviating Overall Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

The Role Of Psychology And Behavior In Treating Chronic Pain
http://www.painweek.org

July 13, 2017

Radiofrequency Denervation Unlikely to Ease Low Back Pain
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

At-Risk Pain Patients Can Cut Opioid Use With Psychology Tools
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain:  Where to Draw the Line?
http://www.medscape.com

July 7, 2017

Chronic Wounds Heal Faster in Opioid-Naive Patients
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Managing Pain in Older Adults - Risks and Responses for Elderly Patients
https://www.painweek.org

Retrospective Analysis Identifies Effective Drugs For Treating Diabetic Neuropathy
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

New Opioid Use in Older COPD Patients Tied to Higher CV Death Risk
https://www.medpagetoday.com

FDA Clears Radiofrequency Treatment for Osteoarthritis Knee Pain
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

A Mindful Approach to Dealing with Pain as an Alternative to Opioids
http://www.painweek.org

June 29, 2017

Continuous regional anesthesia rehab leads to improved pain scores, function in children with CRPS, study says
http://www.beckersasc.com

Challenges to Cancer Pain Management Are Multifactorial
http://www.clinicaloncology.com

FSMB Issues New Guidelines for Opioid Therapy, Chronic Pain Management   (FSMB = Federation of State Medical Boards)
https://www.painweek.org

June 27, 2017

Majority of Opioid Scripts Go to Patients with Mental Health Disorders
https://www.medpagetoday.com

Multimodal Analgesia for Postsurgical Acute Pain Management: The Role of the Bedside Practitioner
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Efficacy of Naloxegol for OIC Not Influenced by Opioid Type, Dose
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Intramuscular Corticosteroid Injection Reduces Hip Pain in OA
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

June 20, 2017

Bright-Light Treatment Shows Promise for Fibromyalgia
http://www.medscape.com

Patients Prefer Interacting Leads in Neuromodulation for Back, Leg Pain
http://www.medscape.com

Patients Report Worse Outcomes With Higher Opioid Doses
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Virtual Reality Can Conquer Real Pain
https://www.bloomberg.com

Geriatric Pain: A Possible Predictor of Dementia, Memory Decline
http://www.painweek.org

June 14, 2017

Study Shows Yoga Has Modest Benefits in Treating Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Pain Management and the Role of Psychology
https://www.painweek.org

CardioBrief: Serious Bleeding Risk With Aspirin Soars With Age
https://www.medpagetoday.com

Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment in the World of Opioid Guidelines
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

June 8, 2017

Site Provides Free Home Remedy Book For Back Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Online Resource on Medical Cannabis Available
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

New Tool to Prevent Opioid Overprescribing With Provider Guidelines
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

No Easy Solutions to the Opioid Addiction Crisis
https://www.medpagetoday.com

Less Stressful Pediatric Pain Management in the Emergency Room
http://www.painweek.org

When Managing Pain Becomes a Criminal Offense: Advice for Health Care Professionals
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

June 6, 2017

Pain Shouldn't Be Part of Kids' Cancer Treatment
(Kid's need palliative care along with treatment)
https://www.medpagetoday.com

Chronic Pain Amplifies the Brain’s Reaction to New Pain
http://nationalpainreport.com

Greater Trauma Associated With Amplification of Pain, Spinal Nociception
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com/

Ketamine may not reduce post-surgery pain, delirium
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain
https://consumer.healthday.com

Chronic Outpatient Opioid Use Increases Hospital-Acquired Infections
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Renewed Interest in Biopsychosocial Tx for Chronic Pain
https://www.medpagetoday.com

May 30, 2017

New Documentary Gives Voice to Chronic Pain Patients
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

May 25, 2017

Regional Anesthesia Offers Alternative to Opioids for TJR
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Easing Joint Pain with Viscosupplementation​
(Viscosupplementation is a medical procedure during which lubricating fluid is injected into a joint. Also called hyaluronic acid injections)
https://www.painweek.org

Long-Term Opioids May Not Help in Polyneuropathy
https://www.medpagetoday.com

Knee Replacement Surgery: Presurgical Opioids Worsen Pain Outcomes
http://www.painweek.org

FDA Approves RoxyBond for Severe Pain
http://www.mdedge.com

May 23, 2017

Consider melatonin for migraine prevention
http://www.mdedge.com

Study Finds SPG Block Effective for Pediatric Migraine Headaches
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Survey on IV Ketamine for CRPS Underscores Need for Consensus Protocols   (CRPS = complex regional pain syndrome)
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

May 18, 2017

Interventional Pain Management-What and When?
https://www.painweek.org

FDA to Clinicians: Acupuncture, Chiropractic Care for Pain Management
http://www.painweek.org

May 12, 2017

CMS opioid strategy could keep palliative care patients from receiving therapy, expert says
http://www.mcknights.com

Is the Baby in Pain? Brain Scans Can Tell
https://www.scientificamerican.com

If You Trust Your Doc, Does It Reduce Pain?
http://nationalpainreport.com

Beyond Opioids: Surgeons Explore New Approaches To Pain Control
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Guideline Focuses On Noninvasive Treatments for LBP   (LBP - low back pain)
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

May 9, 2017

Consider melatonin for migraine prevention
http://www.mdedge.com

Opioids-A Rational Choice for Chronic Pain?
https://www.painweek.org

Cold Application on Trapezius Decreases Fibromyalgia Pain
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Pregabalin Controls Pain of Irritable Bowel Syndrome In Placebo-Controlled Trial
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

May 4, 2017

Cold Application Decreases Fibromyalgia Pain
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

The Evolving Role of Opioids in Managing Chronic Pain
http://www.medscape.com

May 2, 2017

Preferred Treatment to Reduce GI Bleeding Risk With NSAIDS in OA, RA
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Researchers: Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain Comparable to NSAIDs
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

FDA Clears Cooled Radiofrequency Treatment for OA Knee Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Transcranial Random Noise Stimulation Reduces Pain, Depression in Fibromyalgia
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

April 27, 2017

Efficacy of Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management for Fibromyalgia
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

UA researcher shines green light on new way to manage chronic pain
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com

'Mindfulness' Probably Won't Cure Your Back Pain: Study
https://consumer.healthday.com

Study: Methadone Can Significantly Reduce Need for Opioids After Surgery
http://www.painweek.org

FDA: No Codeine or Tramadol for Children Under 12 -- Period
http://www.medpagetoday.com

April 25, 2017

The Dilemma of Postoperative Pain in High Risk Patients and Addiction
http://www.painweek.org

FDA Approves Noninvasive Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy for Acute Episodic Cluster Headache
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Low Back Pain in Schoolchildren Often Nonspecific, Musculoskeletal
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Virtual Reality Lessens Pain in Hospitalized Patients
https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com

One in Five Post-Op Patients Need Unscheduled Help
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

April 21, 2017

The Outlook for Pain Medicine: 2017 and Beyond
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

VA and DoD Practice Guideline Update: Opioids for Chronic Pain
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Comparing Dorsal Root Ganglion to Spinal Cord Stimulation in Treating CRPS
http://www.painweek.org

April 13, 2017

How Would Opioid Prescription Guidelines Read if Pain Patients Wrote Them?
Excellent excellent article! It is long, there are 25 guidelines, but very worth the time.
http://nationalpainreport.com

New, Persistent Opioid Use Common After Surgery
https://www.medpagetoday.com

Pain Acceptance Helps Improve Migraine Management
http://www.neurologyadvisor.com

Spinal Manipulation: Modest Benefit in Acute Low Back Pain
http://www.medscape.com

Patient demographics influence post-op pain management, study shows
http://www.beckershospitalreview.com

April 6, 2017

Opioids for Pain Management In Infants and Children: A High Standard For Prescribers
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Chronic Wounds Heal Faster in Opioid-Naive Patients
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Transformative Care Training and Treatments
https://www.painweek.org

Women's Chronic Pain Conditions Often Misdiagnosed, Undertreated, or Dismissed - 
https://www.painweek.org

When Patients Can't Communicate Their Pain
http://www.painweek.org

Real-world massage helps treat low back pain, study says
http://www.upi.com

Chronic pain: How to approach these 3 common conditions
http://www.mdedge.com

April 4, 2017

ACP: Opioid Addiction Is Not a Crime   (ACP - American College of Physicians)
http://www.medpagetoday.com/

Chronic pain and depression are linked by brain gene changes
https://www.newscientist.com

Drug-Free Musculoskeletal Pain Therapy Given Clearance by FDA
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Virtual Reality As An Additional Pain Management Treatment Option For Patients And Doctors
https://www.painweek.org

Methadone Accounted for 23% of Opioid OD Deaths in 2014
https://www.medpagetoday.com

The Opioid Prescribing Conundrum
https://www.medpagetoday.com

March 30, 2017

30 Minutes of Treatment from a Music Therapist Improves Recovery Outcomes Without Adverse Effects
(A study reported in the American Journal of Orthopedics concludes that music therapy is effective in reducing postoperative pain in patients who underwent spine surgery.)
http://www.painweek.org

Influence of Brief Pain Management Education on Opioid Prescribing Rates
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Guidance Offered to Clinicians on Treatment of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy and Call for Additional Research
http://www.painweek.org

Postoperative Pain And Opioid Risk
https://www.painweek.org

New report highlights gaps in knowledge on marijuana use
http://www.mdedge.com

March 28, 2017

Electroacupuncture Relieves Injury Induced Pain and Promotes Tissue Repair
https://www.painweek.org

SCS Curbs Opioid Use in Chronic Pain Patients, Study Suggests
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Opioids Linked to Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
http://www.medscape.com

Annual Scientific Meeting   May 17-20, 2017   Pittsburgh, PA
The Fundamentals of Translational Pain Medicine: Integrating Science into Clinical Care
http://americanpainsociety.org

New Device for Peripheral Nerve Stim Cuts Chronic Low Back Pain
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

Single Intradiscal Steroid Shot Provides Short Relief, RCT Shows
http://www.medscape.com

Longer Initial Opioid Prescription Ups Risk of Chronic Use
http://www.medpagetoday.com

March 23, 2017

Pregabalin No Help for Sciatica Leg Pain
https://www.medpagetoday.com

Transformative Care As A Strategy To Manage Chronic Pain
https://www.painweek.org/brainfood_post/transformative-care.html

Nociception Level Index Detects Patients’ Pain During Surgery
http://www.painmedicinenews.com/

Updated Practice Guidelines Released for Intrathecal Drug Therapy for Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Axial Low Back Pain Relief From 3D Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Biopsychosocial Rehab Approach May Ease Intense CNS Pain
https://www.medpagetoday.com

Integrated Pain-Psych Management Program Saves Dollars
https://www.medpagetoday.com

March 21, 2017

Some Opiates May Boost Hospital Infection Risk
https://www.medpagetoday.com

EULAR Updates Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Guidelines for DMARDs
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Community Data for Naloxone Spray Shows ‘Real-World’ Efficacy
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Pain From The Brain: The Role Of Sensory Amplification
https://www.painweek.org

Robot that shows pain could teach doctors to recognise it better
https://www.newscientist.com

Brain differences between men and women affect response to pain relief
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

Q&A: Rewiring the brain to ease our pain
http://www.nzherald.co.nz

March 16, 2017

Study: Postoperative pain goes uncontrolled for 33% of surgical patients
http://www.beckershospitalreview.com

Study: Common painkillers linked to increased risk of cardiac arrest
http://www.upi.com

Infants who undergo painful procedures can grow up to have chronic pain, depression, Calgary scientists say
http://www.cbc.ca

New treatment provides instant relief for children with migraine
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

Neurofeedback Benefits for Chemotherapy Related Nerve Damage
http://www.emaxhealth.com

Pain Management Goals Differ for Physicians, Patients
http://www.empr.com/news

Study Lends Insight Into ‘Natural History’ Of Pain in Elderly
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

March 14, 2017

Study Highlights Challenges with Opioid Prescriptions for Chronic Pain
http://www.painweek.org

ELSA Study Finds Pain Predicts Frailty in the Elderly
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Nasal Obstruction Often Associated With Opioid-Related Respiratory Depression
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Study Suggests Screening, Proactive Intervention to Achieve Better Postsurgical Outcomes
http://www.painweek.org

State of the Art: Prolotherapy Regenerative Medicine
http://www.painweek.org

Mindful Meditation: Being Aware of Pain, Instead of Being Distracted From It
http://www.painweek.org
Shinzen Young has a series of excellent meditations called Break Through Pain available through Sounds True
http://www.soundstrue.com/store/break-through-pain-297.html

Pilot Study Achieves Promising Results in Reducing Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms and Improving Life Quality
http://www.painweek.org

March 9, 2017

The Clinical Conundrum of Medical Marijuana
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Pain Severity, Not Structural Damage, a Risk Factor for Incident Widespread Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Preliminary Study: New Technology is Wireless, Discreet, and as Effective as Triptans for Migraines
http://www.painweek.org

Physical activity linked to pain modulation in older adults
http://www.upi.com

Removing Barriers to Pain Relief in Older Adults
http://www.medscape.com

Valium May Be Useless for Acute Lower Back Pain
https://consumer.healthday.com

March 7, 2017

Opioids May Be Causing Increase in Cocaine Overdoses
http://www.livescience.com

Ready-to-Use Prefilled Syringes Available for Pain Management  -  (hydromorphone HCL-Dilaudid)
http://www.empr.com

Acupuncture Useful for Migraine Prophylaxis
http://www.medscape.com

Online Intervention Reduces Knee Pain, Improves Mobility
http://www.medscape.com

The Role of the Advanced Practice Provider in the Acute Care Setting
http://www.painweek.org

Challenges in Acute Pain Management
http://www.painweek.org

Better Storage Practice and Improved Packaging Technology can Protect More Children
http://www.painweek.org

March 2, 2017

Study Correlates Higher Physical Activity Levels with Lower Pain Perception in Older Adults
http://www.painweek.org

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines For Chronic, Non-cancer Pain Updated by the ASIPP
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Can Marijuana Ease the Opioid Epidemic?
http://www.pewtrusts.org

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Chronic Knee Pain Reduced Via Internet-Delivered Home Exercise Therapy
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

FDA Approves Expanded Efficacy of Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Treatment
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Acupuncture Lessens Migraine Attacks in Chinese Study
http://www.medpagetoday.com

February 28, 2017

Does Early PT for New Low Back Pain Decrease Subsequent Healthcare Use?
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

A positive visit with a patient with chronic pain
http://www.kevinmd.com

Low Back Pain Treatment Guidelines Released by ACP
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Placebo Plus Usual Treatment Achieves Clinically Significant Back Pain Relief
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment In the World of Opioid Guidelines
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Exela Pharma Sciences to Recall Ibuprofen Lysine Injection
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

February 23, 2017

Yoga Linked To Low Back Pain Relief
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Effects of Depression in Children With Chronic Pain
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

​Juvenile Fibromyalgia Pain Treatment Enhanced By Psychosocial Impact Therapies
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

ACP: Non-Drug Tx Preferred for Low Back Pain
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Treating Postoperative Acute Pain- New Frontiers
http://www.painweek.org

Wealth, Education as Risk Factors for Incidence of Severe Pain and Disability
http://www.painweek.org

February 16, 2017

Respiratory Depression: Synergistic Effect of Opioids + Alcohol = Increased Risk
http://www.painweek.org

The Role of Special K in Pain Management
http://www.painweek.org

Meditation More Powerful than Medication?
http://www.painweek.org

Cancer Pain Care Update: A Report From The Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Looking at a virtual hand reduces the pain in your real hand
https://www.newscientist.com

February 9, 2017

Study Assesses Sublingual Fentanyl Vs Morphine for CA Pain
Both treatments were found to be safe; majority of patients preferred sublingual administration
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com
Fentanyl Sublingual Tablets Versus Subcutaneous Morphine for the Management of Severe Cancer Pain Episodes in Patients Receiving Opioid Treatment: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Noninferiority Trial
http://ascopubs.org
"In conclusion, this trial did not show noninferiority of 100 µg FST versus 5 mg SCM for the treatment of intense pain episodes but provides a reliable estimate of the relative efficacy of the two interventions. Both treatments were well tolerated, and patients preferred the sublingual route of administration. FST can be a safe alternative to treat severe cancer pain episodes, including for patients with opioid exposure of < 60 mg OMEDD, and it can be more appropriate than SCM in some settings of care for practical reasons, but it cannot be generally recommended as a substitute for SCM."

What's the Role of NSAIDs in Back Pain?
http://www.medpagetoday.com
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for spinal pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis
http://ard.bmj.com

February 7, 2017

Fighting War on Chronic Pain With OTC Drugs, Many Patients Unaware of Dangers
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Lumbar Support for Low Back Pain: Does It Work?
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Hyaluronic Acid Eases Knee Symptoms
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Guidelines Provide Updated Information on Diabetic Neuropathy Classification, Prevention, and Symptom Management
http://www.painweek.org

Clinical Massage, Guided Imagery Significantly Lower Pain and Anxiety Scores in Patient Self-Reports
http://www.painweek.org

Cooled RF Ablation Superior to Corticosteroids in Knee Osteoarthritis
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

FDA Approves Expanded Efficacy of Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Treatment
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

February 3, 2017

Acupuncture may effectively treat depression, chronic pain
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com

Why we are hoarding our opioid pills
https://www.statnews.com

A Cautionary Tale of Geriatric Opioid Addiction
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Beyond Opioids: Surgeons Explore New Approaches To Pain Control
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

January 31, 2017

PACC Updates Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain   ​(PACC - Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference)
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Into-op Beta Blockers Lower Post-op Opioid Use, Nausea and Length of Stay
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

SCS Curbs Opioid Use in Chronic Pain Patients, Study Suggests   (SCS - Spinal Cord Stimulation)
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

January 26, 2017

Topical NSAIDs: A Safe and Effective Option for Managing Osteoarthritis
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

January 24, 2017

Intraosseous Basivertebral Nerve Ablation Eases Chronic Back Pain
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

A ‘Civil War’ Over Painkillers Rips Apart The Medical Community — And Leaves Patients In Fear
https://www.statnews.com

Screen Opioid Users For Depression, Study Recommends
http://www.mdedge.com

January 21, 2017

Patient Perception of Provider Concern Impacts Satisfaction
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

Abbott Touts Dorsal Root Ganglion Stim Study
http://www.massdevice.com

Low Serum Vitamin D Linked to Frequent Headache in Men
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

Biobehavioral Pain Therapies: What's in the Toolbox?
http://www.painweek.org

Press release from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine:
Nearly 100 Conclusions on the Health Effects of Marijuana and Cannabis-Derived Products 
http://www8.nationalacademies.org

January 17, 2017

New Prescribing Information Released for Hundreds of FDA-Approved Opioids
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Intraperitoneal Instillation of Lidocaine Cuts Post-Cesarean Pain
http://www.medscape.com

Going Beyond The Usual Neuropathic Pain Conditions (post mastectomy syndrome, post thoracotomy syndrome, and post inguinal hernia repair syndrome)
http://www.painweek.org

Yoga Turns in So-So Results for Back Problems
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Use for Chronic Pain
http://www.mdmag.com

January 10, 2017

Molecule activates pain relief and prevents high during medical marijuana use   
http://www.drugtargetreview.com

Few Pain Patients Become Long-Term Opioid Users
https://www.painnewsnetwork.org

Researchers: Cannabinoids Provide Modest Analgesic Benefit for Central Neuropathic Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

January 5, 2017

Can Preoperative Stress Levels Predict Postoperative Pain?
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

10 Opioid Myths and Facts
http://www.patientcareonline.com

January 3, 2017

Mindfulness Meditation Uses Distinct Neural Pathways To Reduce Pain Better Than Placebo
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

FDA Clears Nerve Ablation System for Chronic Back Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

One Month of Opioid Use Causes Gray Matter Loss, New Study Confirms
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

December 29, 2016

Chronic Migraine Meds Stopped With Botulinum Treatment
http://www.medpagetoday.com

The Year in Migraine and Cluster Headache Research
http://www.medscape.com

Beyond Opioids: Surgeons Explore New Approaches To Pain Control
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

December 27, 2016

Psychosocial Factors That May Predict Opioid Analgesia
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

Ongoing Study Confirms Place of Topical/Transdermal Opioids in the Pain Management Arsenal
http://www.painweek.org

December 22, 2016

Drugmakers Push Profitable but Unproven Opioid Solution
http://abcnews.go.com

Opioid drugs make pain tolerable, most long-term users say
https://www.washingtonpost.com

Amputees try out icy therapy to soothe 'phantom pains'
http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk

Prolonged use of some painkillers tied to hearing loss in women
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

Nonpharmacologic Management of Pain
http://www.painweek.org

December 20, 2016

Can Low Back Pain Be Managed Without Surgery or Drugs?
http://www.medscape.com

Needling the Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy
http://www.medscape.com

Experts: Fewer opioids, more treatment laws mean nothing without better access to care
http://www.mdedge.com

Nerve Blocks Safe, Effective in Older Headache Patients
http://www.medpagetoday.com

December 15, 2016

The Tyranny of "Shoulds": Challenges for the Pain Practitioner
http://www.painweek.org

On the Need to Update the Definition of Pain
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com
We still think this is the best definition: “Pain is whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever he says it does.” Margo McCaffery  

10-Year Study of Patient Outcomes Provides Further Confirmation
http://www.painweek.org

Painkillers Tied to Overuse Headache in Acute Migraine
http://www.medpagetoday.com

December 8, 2016

Study Sets Ideals For Opioid Use in General Surgery
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Chronic Pain in Adolescence: What's Different, What's the Same?
http://www.painweek.org

Can VR Games Soothe Phantom Limb Pain?
http://www.medpagetoday.com

December 1, 2016

Brain Stimulation No Help for Migraine
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Fibromyalgia: Evidence-Based Management
http://www.medscape.com

Opioids stop chronic wounds from healing
http://www.clinical-innovation.com

Methadone Prescribing Safety: Guidelines, Drug Familiarity Are Key
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

ASRA: Pulsed RF Ablation May Help Cervicogenic Headache    (Cervicogenic headache is referred pain perceived in the head from a source in the neck)
http://www.medpagetoday.com

November 29, 2016

Book Offers Exhaustive Overview of Proper Opioid Prescribing
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Unused Opioids Pile Up in Medicine Cabinets, While Overprescribing Contributes to National Epidemic
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

FDA Approves Treatment for Menopause-Related Pain During Sex
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

ASRA: Ketamine Can Treat Stubborn Migraines    (ASRA = American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine)
http://www.medpagetoday.com

November 22, 2016

ASRA: Preventive Migraine Therapies Cut Overuse, Progression    (ASRA = American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine)
http://www.medpagetoday.com

SHS: Back to Basics in Acute Migraine Treatment   (SHS = Scottsdale Headache Symposium)
http://www.medpagetoday.com

How Can You Tell Medication Use From Medication Abuse?
http://www.medpagetoday.com

November 17, 2016

Celebrex Is Found to Be No Riskier for Hearts Than Other Pain Drugs
http://www.nytimes.com

New spine stimulation device provides pain relief
http://www.upi.com

November 15, 2016

Study Finds Strong Relationship Between Opioid-Induced Nausea and Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy Linked to Behavioral Issues in Children
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

November 10, 2016

Assessing and Treating Insomnia-Chronic Pain Comorbidities
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

Pain Experts Say Older Opioid Analgesic Levorphanol Provides Multiple Benefit
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Topical Analgesics Result in Decreased Use of Other Pain Medications
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

November 8, 2016

Shifting Attitudes to Tackle the Multifaceted Etiology of Pain
​http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Study: Hydrocodone Rescheduling Affects Prescribing
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Phantom Limb Pain Managed Effectively by Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

DEA Action Continues Catch-22 of Marijuana Research
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

November 3, 2016

Occipital Nerve Stimulation Effective for Chronic Migraine
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

FDA Approves Probuphine as the first Long-time Opioid Treatment
​http://www.latinpost.com

Two Drugs for Adult Migraines May Not Help Children
http://www.nytimes.com

Cultural Needs' Programs Enhance Exercise Effectiveness
http://www.painweek.org

November 1, 2016

New ASCO Guidelines Stress Being Careful With Opioids
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

October 27, 2016

Do Opioid Scripts In Reproductive-Age Women Follow Best Practices?
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

When Pain Patients Fail Standard Treatments
http://www.painweek.org

Survey Of Patients On Chronic Opioid Therapy Returns Discouraging Results
http://www.painweek.org

Trauma Patients Not to Blame for Opioid Epidemic: Study
https://consumer.healthday.com

Paradigm Shift: Oliceridine Found Effective for Pain Relief
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

First Randomized Trial Suggests Tai Chi Efficacy Comparable To Existing Treatment Modalities
http://www.painweek.org

October 25, 2016

Two articles, same topic:
Significant Pain Reduction Benefit, Even When placebo Is Revealed
http://www.painweek.org
Assessing Efficacy of Open-Label Placebo for Back Pain
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Older Patients, Mobile Devices and Pain Management
http://www.painweek.org

Study Finds Noninvasive VNS Safe, Effective For Chronic Migraine Headache Prevention (Vagus Nerve Stimulation)
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

New Drug Take-Back Program Allows Patients To Return Meds by Mail
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

More Good Results for Opioid-Induced Constipation Drug (naldemedine)
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Low-Dose Sublingual Fentanyl Safe, Effective in Patients Receiving Lower Opioid Doses
http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com

Educational Program Improves Opioid Use Safety, Storage, and Disposal
http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com

Pregabalin Could Ease Pain, Some Symptoms in IBS-D
http://www.medpagetoday.com

October 20, 2016

Sound-Based Therapy for Migraine?
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

Constipation Drug Labeling Updated to Warn of Syncope, Hypotension
(​Amitiza (lubiprostone) increases the secretion of fluid in the intestines and is used to treat chronic constipation, constipation caused by opioids, and irritable bowel syndrome.)
http://www.empr.com

Pain is likely comorbid, co-contributory to negative CV outcomes
http://www.healio.com

October 18, 2016

Opioids: Prescribe with Care
http://www.painedu.org

New opioids could relieve pain without dangerous side effects
http://www.cnbc.com

Efficacy of Transdermal Analgesic in Reducing Pain Scores, Opioid Use
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

Pregabalin Relieves Pain in Some Patients With Fibromyalgia
http://www.medscape.com

Why CMS Should Not Remove Pain Questions From Payment Calculations
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

American Society Of Regional Anesthesia And Pain Medicine: New Position Paper
http://www.painweek.org

CE: Assessing and Managing Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Hospitalized Older Adults
​http://journals.lww.com

Beta-blockers reduce pain, opioid use in osteoarthritis
http://www.mdedge.com

October 13, 2016

Special Report: Managing Breakthrough Cancer Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Understanding Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia
http://www.painweek.org

FDA Approves BurstDR Stimulation for Chronic Pain Treatment
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Study: Liposomal bupivacaine effective addition for postoperative THA pain management
http://www.healio.com

Opioids Causing Concerns, Problems For Chronic Pain Patients
http://www.healthline.com

Evidence Supports Combination Therapy For Treating Fibromyalgia Pain   (pregabalin/Lyrica and duloxetine/Cymbalta)
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Marijuana Less Effective for Pain in Women
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

DEA Puts Quota on Production of Opioid Painkillers
https://consumer.healthday.com

October 11, 2016

Encouraging Integrative, Non-Opioid Approaches To Pain: A Policy Agenda
http://healthaffairs.org

Intractable Pain Linked to Low Cortisol
http://www.medscape.com

Once-Daily VIVLODEX® for the Management of Osteoarthritis Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Yoga as Good as Physical Therapy for Back Pain
http://www.medscape.com

Platelet-Rich Plasma SIJ Injection Cuts Low Back Pain
http://www.doctorslounge.com

Knee Pain Severity Tied to Widespread Pain
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Patients With Alzheimer’s Found Less Sensitive To Perceiving Thermal Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

FDA Splits on Naloxone Dose
http://www.medpagetoday.com

October 6, 2016

Limiting Opioid Exposure, Encouraging Proper Disposal May Be Effective Responses
http://www.painweek.org

Magic Mouthwash Really Works, Says Phase 3 Trial
http://www.medscape.com

Fibromyalgia Guideline Updated at EULAR (EULAR = European League Against Rheumatism)
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
EULAR revised recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia
http://ard.bmj.com

Ketamine May Be Useful in Migraine, Chronic Pain
http://www.medscape.com

FDA Requires Strong Warnings for Opioids and Benzodiazepines
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

October 4, 2016

The Issues With the CDC Guidelines on Opioids for Chronic Pain, According to AAPM's Director
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

For neuropathic pain, marijuana yields modest benefits
http://www.clinicalneurologynews.com

Research Update on Migraine Preventive Medicine
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

Over-The-Counter Pain Med May Impede Ability to Empathize
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com/

September 27, 2016

Naloxone Distribution And Training Initiative Credited With Saving Opioid Abuse Victims
http://www.painweek.org

How 'Brainwave-Balancing' Therapy Could Ease Migraines
http://www.livescience.com

Study: Opioid use down in states with medical marijuana
http://www.thenewstribune.com

A Different Kind of Opioid Crisis in Cancer Patients
http://www.medscape.com

FDA approves Lannett's Buprenorphine and Naloxone sublingual tablets
http://seekingalpha.com

Aspirin’s GI Risks May Be Overstated
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

A One-Stop Shop for Physicians to Address Opioid Misuse
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

September 22, 2016

APS Scale: Measuring the Impact of Chronic Pain on Daily Activities
(Copies of the APS Scale can be obtained by email, address at the end of the article)
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

10 tips to mitigate legal risks of opioid prescribing
http://www.rheumatologynews.com

Fear-Avoidance Conditioning: Maintaining the Chronic Pain Cycle?
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

OTC analgesic dosing Clarifying OTC Analgesic Dosing for Patients
​HCPs have an opportunity to educate patients on specific OTC analgesic dosing instructions at each visit to help ensure safe use. Clarifying the OTC maximum daily doses of common analgesics (4000 mg for acetaminophen, 1200 mg for ibuprofen, 660 mg for naproxen sodium) can reduce patient confusion.
https://www.getreliefresponsiblyprofessional.com

September 20, 2016

Short Online Course Effective in Treating Pain Catastrophizing to Avoid Development of Chronic Pain
(Pain catastrophizing is a tendency to feel more pain intensity than an average person, and to feel helpless to affect it)
http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com

AAP: Say No to Codeine -- Period   (AAP: American Academy of Pediatrics)
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Pregabalin Significantly Improves Neuropathic Pain
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

Limited Dialyzability for Oxycodone, Noroxycodone
(Study analyzes drugs used by end stage renal disease patients with chronic pain)
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions
http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com

Old Treatments Top New Cluster Headache Guidelines
http://www.medpagetoday.com
Treatment of Cluster Headache: The American Headache Society Evidence-Based Guidelines
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com

PAINWeek Keynote Address: Balancing Exposure and Addiction
http://www.empr.com

Naldemedine safe for long-term treatment of OIC
http://www.healio.com

September 15, 2016

Exercise and Acetaminophen: Tools for Your Patients’ Pain Treatment Toolbox
https://www.painedu.org

Safer Opioid Prescribing Practices Described at Pain Conference
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Patients Needing High-Dose Opioids May Have Genetic Defects
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Survey Finds Many People Lack NSAID Knowledge      
http://www.medpagetoday.com
Survey: Consumers lax in using OTC pain relievers safely
​http://www.chaindrugreview.com

After Pain From TKA and THA Is Gone, Opioid Use Remains
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Opioid Use Before Abdominal Wall Repair Raises Post-op Requirement
(But could it be that patients who needed opioids before surgery just had higher levels of pain in general?)
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

September 13, 2016

Study Finds Comparable Efficacy for Low Back Pain With Thrust and Nonthrust Spinal Manipulation
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Op-Ed: Opioids, Used Properly, Can Help End the Opioid Crisis
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Healthcare System, Not Docs, to Blame for Opioid Epidemic
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Close Monitoring of Pain Patients May Deter Substance Abuse
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Back Pain Sufferers and Patients on Opioid Therapy at Elevated Risk for Illicit Drug Use
http://www.painweek.org

Older Adults Employ High-Risk Methods To Obtain Opioids
http://www.amhc.org

September 8, 2016

Rare Neuropathic Pain Patients Benefit from Variety of Tx - Multi-modal approach may work best
(post-mastectomy pain syndrome, post-thoracotomy pain syndrome and post-inguinal hernia pain syndrome)
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Rain may make pain worse, study suggests
http://www.independent.co.uk

NIH review: Yoga, tai chi, acupuncture effective in pain management
http://www.healio.com

FDA Approves TROXYCA® ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naltrexone hydrochloride) Extended-Release Capsules CII with Abuse-Deterrent Properties for the Management of Pain
http://www.pfizer.com

Pot Use Up as Perceived Risk Falls
http://www.medpagetoday.com

September 6, 2016

UCSF's Drug Abuse Intervention App Extremely Useful
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Intranasal Powder Bests Tablets for Fast Migraine Relief
http://www.medpagetoday.com

FDA Warns on Concurrent Use of Opioids and Benzos
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR
http://www.bloomberg.com

Analgesic Effects of Cannabis Is Different Between Men and Women
http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com

August 30, 2016

Preop Pregabalin Cuts Postop Nausea
http://www.medscape.com

Mindfulness Meditation Uses Distinct Neural Pathways To Reduce Pain Better Than Placebo
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
Free Guided Meditations
http://marc.ucla.edu

Researchers Use Light To Stop Nociceptor Activity, Pain Signaling
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

More Kratom Seized in California by US Marshals
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

August 23, 2016

Importance of Integration of Psychology Into Pain Practices
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Acetaminophen Appears Safe for Children With Mild Asthma
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com/
Acetaminophen Found Safe for Kids With Asthma
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Does eating more salt prevent migraines and severe headaches?
https://www.newscientist.com/article

Study Finds Links Between Chronic Pain, Depression in Couples
https://consumer.healthday.com

August 18, 2016

Pain vs Overdose: Hospitalists Are Caught in the Middle
http://www.medscape.com

Brain-stimulation technique reduced phantom limb pain
http://www.healio.com

Does Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Affect Kids' Behavior?
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Scrambler Therapy Found Promising in Pilot Study
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Epidemiological Study Reveals Cancer Pain a Primary Cause of Many Hospitalizations
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

What Proportion of RA Patients Have Residual Pain Despite Adequate Disease Control?
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com
Q&A With Steven Cohen, MD: Role of the Consulting Pain Specialist in Treating Rheumatic Disease
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Finding Good Pain Treatment Is Hard. If You’re Not White, It’s Even Harder
http://www.nytimes.com

August 16, 2016

First ASCO Guidelines for Chronic Pain in Cancer Survivors (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
http://www.medscape.com
Management of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline
http://jco.ascopubs.org

Addiction Risk Low for Seniors Taking Post-Op Opioids: Study
https://consumer.healthday.com

Mounting Evidence Shifting Focus to Behavioral Therapy For Managing Chronic Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Is Suicide a Consequence of the CDC Opioid Guideline?
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

FDA Clears SPRINT Peripheral Nerve Stimulation System for Acute, Chronic Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

NYU Expert Says Cancer Pain Varies by Tumor Type
http://www.onclive.com

August 9, 2016

Fat Mass, Multi-Site Pain Suggests Systemic Factors Involved in Joint Pain
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Prescribers Warned to Screen for Gabapentin Abuse
http://www.painweek.org

Study showed improvements in pain scores during followup of older veterans
http://www.healio.com

Prophylaxis key to preventing medication overuse migraine
http://www.familypracticenews.com

Stigmatizing of chronic pain begins with clinicians, experts say
http://www.familypracticenews.com

Can chronic pain be prevented?
http://www.bostonglobe.com

CDC Issues Warning on New Opioid Substitute
http://www.medpagetoday.com

A Retrospective Study on the Effectiveness of Switching to Oral Methadone for Relieving Severe Cancer-Related Neuropathic Pain and Limiting Adjuvant Analgesic Use in Japan
(Methadone should be prescribed only by providers specifically trained in its use. Methadone has a long and highly variable half-life, pharmacokinetics are biphasic, drug can accumulate and cause opioid toxicity. Equianalgesic doses are not firmly established, individual response may vary considerably, patients should be monitored closely for the first 5 days of therapy, and also for 5 days after any dosage increase. Steady state is achieved in several days to several weeks.)
http://online.liebertpub.com

August 2, 2016

FDA Clears Nerve Ablation System for Chronic Back Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Medical Marijuana: Tips for Ensuring Safer Use
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Alzheimer's May Hamper Ability to Perceive Pain
https://consumer.healthday.com

Shorter Pain Questionnaire Proves to Be Useful in Children
http://www.hcplive.com

Chronic Pain: Spinal Cord Stimulation Pain Relief Data Varies By Type
http://www.hcplive.com

Cefaly II, a Smaller Migraine Preventing Nerve Stimulator
http://www.medgadget.com

Evidence found mirror box therapy alleviates phantom limb pain in amputees
http://www.nzherald.co.nz

July 26, 2016

Can Nebulized Fentanyl Provide an Alternative to IV Administered Opioids?
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Double Up These Two Drugs to Fight Fibromyalgia Pain (pregabalin/lyrica and duloxetine/cymbalta)
http://nationalpainreport.com

FDA approves Relistor tablets to treat OIC in chronic non-cancer pain adults
http://regulatoryaffairs.pharmaceutical-business-review.com

PainEDU Course-in-a-Box: Patient Education in Chronic Pain Management
"Good communication forms the hallmark of an effective patient-provider relationship. This downloadable presentation educates clinicians and students about the goals of patient education and its clinical implications in pain management. This tool is designed to be a resource for clinicians and educators to use in classrooms, grand rounds, conferences, and for in-service education."
http://www.painedu.org

Healthcare groups urge CMS to keep pain questions until alternatives are developed
The coalition consisted of the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
http://www.mcknights.com

Opioid Addiction Drug Underutilized in Medicare Patients
http://www.medscape.com

July 21, 2016

Depomed Releases Lazanda 300 mcg Dose for Breakthrough Cancer Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Does Metimazole Have a More Favorable Safety Profile vs Other NSAIDs?
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Opioids May Up Mortality Risk in COPD Patients
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Montana's 'Pain Refugees' Leave State To Get Prescribed Opioids
http://www.npr.org

July 19, 2016

Excess Weight, Depression Worsens Long-Term Back Pain
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Medication Organization Devices Tied to Adverse Effects
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

US medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse
http://bigstory.ap.org

Could a Molecular "On/Off Agony" Switch Make Painkillers Safer?
http://www.scientificamerican.com

Chronic Pain May Be Heritable
http://psychcentral.com/news

July 14, 2016

Don't Use Oral Liquid Docusate Stool Softener in Any Patient, CDC Warns
http://www.medscape.com

CE: Appropriate Use of Opioids in Managing Chronic Pain - Denenberg, Risa MSN, RN, ARNP; Curtiss, Carol P. MSN, RN-BC
"The authors discuss current best practices for prescribing opioids for chronic pain, emphasizing patient assessment and essential patient teaching points regarding safe medication use, storage, and disposal.” excellent in-depth article
http://journals.lww.com

Vagus Nerve Stimulation May Ease RA Symptoms
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

Medical Marijuana Linked To Modest Budget Benefits For Medicare Part D, Study Finds
http://khn.org

Opioid Bill Overwhelmingly Approved by Senate
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Romantic Partners Have the Magic Touch for Pain Relief
http://www.hcplive.com

July 12, 2016

Surgery Patients At Risk For Opioid Use
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Special Report: Managing Breakthrough Cancer Pain
This monograph provides an overview of current pharmacologic approaches to BTcP management, the role of a transmucosal immediate-release fentanyl product used in its treatment, as well as 2 case studies on managing BTcP. 
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Were Bad Doctors Responsible for Prince's Death?
​"Physicians need better training on how to manage chronic pain and on how to help patients wean themselves from narcotics when they run the risk of being harmed by these medications. And we need a better system to track narcotic use. Prince is one of many thousands of wonderful people we have lost to opioid overdose. It shouldn't have to be this way."
http://www.medpagetoday.com

HHS Eases Buprenorphine Prescribing - New rule raises cap on number of patients physicians can treat, from 100 to 275.
http://www.medpagetoday.com

July 7, 2016

New Techniques Offer Drug-Free Ways to Relieve Pain
​http://www.newsmax.com

Yoga and qigong offer no relief from back pain in elderly people, German study finds
http://www.scmp.com

Vagus nerve stimulation may help reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms
http://www.upi.com

Transdermal Buprenorphine Curbs Diabetic Neuropathic Pain
http://www.medscape.com

July 5, 2016

Internet-Based Education Tools Help Patients Manage Chronic Pain                                           
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

No Clear Winner Among Remedies for Chronic Constipation
http://www.medscape.com

Coprescribing Naloxone With an Opioid Aids Chronic Pain - note this information is for chronic idiopathic constipation, not opioid induced
http://www.medscape.com

Drug Used for Pain, Anxiety May Be Linked to Birth Defects (pregabalin/Lyrica)                
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Doctors Wrestle With Mixed Messages When Deciding Whether To Prescribe Painkillers
http://khn.org/news

Media Hysteria Is Hurting Chronic Pain
http://nationalpainreport.com

July 1, 2016

Prescription Opioids: What You Need To Know - This is a two page patient handout from the CDC. Generally good information.
http://www.aha.org
One questionable recommendation is flushing unused meds down the toilet. 
A questionable statistic: “As many as 1 in 4 people receiving prescription opioids long term in a primary care setting struggles with addiction. (findings from one study)”
Another opinion "Rates of carefully diagnosed addiction have averaged less than 8% in published studies” is offered by Nora D. Volkow, M.D., and A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. as written in their March 31, 2016 article "Opioid Abuse in Chronic Pain — Misconceptions and Mitigation Strategies" N Engl J Med 2016; 374:1253-1263   http://www.nejm.org

Why Aren’t We Managing Children’s Pain?
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com

Overdose Death of Prince Puts New Celebrity Face on Opioid Epidemic
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

June 29, 2016

Acetaminophen Shows No Benefit in Treatment of Osteoarthritis
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

A Quicker Test for Acetaminophen Toxicity
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Morphine to Hydrocodone: Switching Between Two Extended-Release Pain Drugs
http://www.empr.com

Let’s Agree to Prioritize the Needs of Patients When Treating Pain
http://thepainfultruthbook.com/

June 23, 2016

New AHS Consensus on Emergency Migraine Management
http://www.medscape.com

Updated Botulinum Toxin Guidelines Validate Efficacy for Chronic Migraine, Not Episodic Cases
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

IV Lidocaine Has No Meaningful Impact in Fibromyalgia
http://medicalxpress.com

June 21, 2016

Yes, Assessing Pain Is Vital
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

Strict opioids laws hit chronic pain sufferers hard
http://www.bostonglobe.com

As views change on opioids, patients and providers find few other options for managing pain
http://www.modernhealthcare.com

Belief That Races Are ‘Biologically Different’ Hampers Pain Care
http://www.painmedicinenews.com

June 14, 2016

Psychosocial Management of Chronic Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

New Opioid Limits Challenge the Most Pain-Prone
http://www.nytimes.com

Opioid Analgesics Subpar for Chronic Back Pain
http://www.medscape.com

June 7, 2016

Combination Dexamethasone Reduces Pain, Enhances Nerve Block Duration Compared With Systemic Dex Alone
http://www.painmedicinenews.com/Clinical-Pain-Medicine/Article/05-16/Combination-Dexamethasone-Reduces-Pain-Enhances-Nerve-Block-Duration-Compared-With-Systemic-Dex-Alone/36085/ses=ogst

ASCO: Exempt Cancer Patients From Opioid Rules (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
http://www.medpagetoday.com/PainManagement/PainManagement/58138

The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition is a group of 10 leading consumer, patient, and health care provider organizations committed to the safe use of acetaminophen.  Found in more than 600 over-the-counter and prescription medicines, it’s safe and effective when used as directed, but an overdose can lead to liver damage. To learn more, visit KnowYourDose.org and follow @KnowYourDose on Twitter.
http://www.knowyourdose.org/

Why We Need a Better Way to Treat Chronic Pain
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/science-of-us/why-we-need-a-better-way_b_9734094.html

June 2, 2016

Acceptance, Flexibility Key in Chronic Pain Battle
http://www.medscape.com

Virtual Reality Ventures Into Real World of Chronic Pain
http://www.medscape.com

May 31, 2016

Efficacy, Tolerability, and Dose-Dependent Effects of Opioid Analgesics for Low Back Pain
http://archinte.jamanetwork.com

FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence
http://www.fda.gov

This is the Opioids Paradox for Chronic Pain Patients
http://thepainfultruthbook.com

May 25, 2016

No, cracking down on painkillers won’t save lives
http://nypost.com

How is the Federal Government's Pain Strategy Faring?
http://www.medpagetoday.com

May 24, 2​016

Promising Data With Ketamine in Chronic and Phantom Limb Pain
http://www.medscape.com

Chronic Pain May Be Caused By 'Memory' Of Initial Injury In Gene Expression
http://www.medicaldaily.com

Peripheral Pain Sensitization, CNS Dysregulation in RA
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

FDA Committee Votes To Modify REMS for Painkillers
http://www.pharmacypracticenews.com

May 19, 2016

Giving the 'Green Light' to Migraine Relief
https://consumer.healthday.com

Can tai chi help relieve knee joint pain?
http://www.reuters.com

May 17, 2016

Cryoablation Found To Reduce Phantom Limb Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Study Finds Older People More Sensitive to Pain
http://psychcentral.com

New Pain Scale Developed to Better Assess Impact of Chronic Pain
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Top Integrative Pain Researcher Urges End to Reductionist Dominance
http://www.huffingtonpost.com
“To reduce the impact of pain and the resultant suffering will require a transformation in how pain is perceived and judged both by people with pain and by the health care providers who help care for them.” “Step back, take a collective breath.” Why? Our analysis identified a range of positive outcomes that participants in CAM trials considered important but were not captured by standard quantitative outcome measures.
“increased options and hope”
“increased ability to relax”
“positive changes in emotional states”
“increased body awareness”
“changes in thinking that increased the ability to cope with back pain”
“increased sense of well-being”
“improvement in physical conditions unrelated to back pain”
“increased energy” “increased patient activation” 
“dramatic improvements in health or well-being.”

Untreated Pain Raises Risk of Drug & Alcohol Abuse
http://www.painnewsnetwork.org

Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Use for Chronic Pain 
http://www.hcplive.com

FDA Reconsidering Training for Doctors Prescribing Opioids
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com
​Opioid Prescribing Gets Another Look as F.D.A. Revisits Mandatory Doctor Training
http://www.nytimes.com

May 12, 2016

The Essentials is a pdf containing all 50 Fast Facts organized by key domain e.g pain, non-pain symptoms, communication, prognosis, etc. It is available at  Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin, with a request to make a $25 donation to offset the cost.
http://www.mypcnow.org

May 10, 2016

Stratification Tool for Opioid Risk Mitigation Helps Predict and Prevent Adverse Events
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Study Suggests Clinicians Can Use Opioid of Choice for Breakthrough Cancer Pain
http://www.oncologynurseadvisor.com

NSAID Strength, Duration of Administration, Linked to Elevated Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
http://www.painweek.org

Safety of fentanyl initiation according to past opioid exposure among patients newly prescribed fentanyl patches
http://www.cmaj.ca

Low-Dose Naltrexone May Provide Relief for Fibromyalgia Patients
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Sleep Disorders Predict Pain in Young Adults
​http://www.hcplive.com

May 6, 2016

12 Recommendations the CDC Should Have Made - Dr. Lynn Webster, M.D.
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
Quote from Dr. Lynn Webster, M.D. "There is a statement I often make: “Drugs are always used to feel better.” In fact, that is why they are used. People with a purpose in life and emotional support are far less likely to use drugs. Congressmen ignore that truth because it’s easier to blame doctors or Pharma for the drug epidemic than to deal with the reality that drugs serve a purpose, and they are here to stay."  

May 5, 2016

US Surgeon General: Addiction An Illness, Not A Moral Failing
http://health.wusf.usf.edu

Study Suggests People with Larger Social Circles Have Higher Pain Tolerance
http://www.painweek.org

Naldemedine Improves Opioid-Induced Constipation in Patients With Chronic Noncancer Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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May 3, 2016

Pediatric Pain Experts Release New Book for Parents of Children With Pain
http://www.painweek.org

Friday Feedback: The Continuing Problem of Opioids and Pain
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Non-Opioid Pathway Could Alter the Way We Treat Chronic Pain
A new study has shed light on a non-opioid pain pathway in the brain, suggesting that a combined approach to pain relief may be best. While mindfulness meditation has previously been associated with pain relief, the mechanistic action behind this has been unclear.
http://www.neurologyadvisor.com

Short counseling session in ER can reduce opioid abuse, trial shows
http://www.upi.com

Points from the Chronic Migraine Education Program (CMEP)
http://www.painweek.org

May 2, 2016

Will the New Opioids Restrictions Help to Reduce Overdoses?
http://thepainfultruthbook.com

AANP and Nursing Organizations Launch Initiative to Combat Opioid Abuse and Promote Safe Prescribing
https://www.aanp.org

April 26, 2016

Olanzapine Shows Analgesic Properties, May Help Reduce Chronic Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Additional information about olanzapine on Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin website http://www.mypcnow.org/
look for Fast Fact and Concept #315 "Olanzapine For Nausea, Delirium, Anxiety, Insomnia, and Cachexia".

Opioid Nonabusers: An Inconvenient Truth
http://www.pharmacytimes.com

Individualized Acupuncture Protocols for Fibromyalgia Reduce Pain Up to a Year
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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American Academy of Neurology Refines its Guidance on Botulinum Therapy Based on Latest Research
http://www.painweek.org

Sometimes Pain Is a Puzzle That Can’t Be Solved
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com

FDA Issues New Safety Alert, Labeling Requirements; PAINWeek Faculty Expert Comments
http://www.painweek.org

How Prescriber Education Will Help Reduce Untreated Pain and Substance Use Disorder
https://palliativeinpractice.org

April 22, 2016

Neurological Study Associates Acetaminophen with Impaired Error-Detection
http://www.painweek.org

Nutrition and Pain: Rules for Success
http://www.painweek.org

Everyone Knew (or Should Have Known) C. Stratton Hill
C. Stratton Hill Jr., MD - a pioneer pain management advocate and clinician 
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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April 19, 2016

Ibuprofen does not increase bleeding after plastic surgery, study says
http://www.upi.com

Managing Pain in Patients With Addiction
http://www.painweek.org

Thoughts on the Opioid Prescribing Pendulum - video
http://www.painweek.org

Evidence-Based Guidelines for Management Of Postoperative Pain Issued by APS  other article February 23
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Fact Sheet: Obama Administration Announces Additional Actions to Address the Prescription Opioid Abuse and Heroin Epidemic
https://www.whitehouse.gov

Can virtual reality relieve pain?
http://edition.cnn.com

Direct Relationship Found Between Immediate Post-op Pain In Peds and Persistent Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Study Connects Sleep Deficiencies in Young Adults to New or Worsening Chronic Pain
http://www.painweek.org/

April 18, 2016

Opioid Crisis: Scrap Pain as 5th Vital Sign?
This is a pretty frightening solution to a complicated issue. The suggestion seems to be that ignoring pain will solve the issues of addiction and overdose. I think we can do better than that. Putting the needs of one group of patients above the needs of another is not the solution. We need to address chronic pain management AND improper use of opioids.
http://www.medpagetoday.com

April 12, 2016

Epidural Injections Effective for Managing Chronic Spinal Pain  
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Understanding Peripheral Nerve Entrapment and Metabolic Disease    
http://www.painweek.org

Points from the Chronic Migraine Education Program (CMEP)
http://www.painweek.org

No Heart Risks With Newer Antidepressants
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Opioid Epidemic Spurs Rethink on Medication and Addiction
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Managing Opioid Diversion and Abuse
http://www.painweek.org

April 5, 2016

Editorial Highlights Shortcomings of Morphine-Equivalent Daily Dose (MEDD)
http://www.painweek.org
The full article can be downloaded as a pdf from this website, scroll down to the middle of the page. This offers a very helpful perspective in evaluating the new CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
The MEDD myth: the impact of pseudoscience on pain research and prescribing-guideline development  by Fudin J, Pratt Cleary J, Schatman ME
https://www.dovepress.com

Summarizing the Challenges of Pain Management in the Primary Care Practice
http://www.painweek.org

Patients in Pain, and a Doctor Who Must Limit Drugs
http://www.nytimes.com

Study: Long-Term Opioid Use Increases Depression Risk
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Can mindfulness meditation offer drug-free pain relief?
http://www.cbsnews.com
Mind-Based Therapies May Ease Lower Back Pain
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com

Prolotherapy: Low Risk, High Reward for Musculoskeletal Pain and Tissue Injury
http://www.painweek.org

Combined Intervention of Analgesics and Exercise Reduces Pain in Knee OA
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Adding an Antipsychotic Helps Treat Pain     
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/859160
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March 29, 2016

A Message from the President about the CDC Guidelines
http://americanpainsociety.org

Medicare Opioid Prescribing Spans Spectrum of Medical Specialties
http://www.painmedicinenews.com/
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Biopsychosocial Program Provides Long-Term Pain Relief to Patients Not Responding to Opioids
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Two articles about pain terminology, and it's possible effects on perspective and treatment
 - Chronic Cancer versus Non-Cancer Pain: A Distinction without a Difference?
   http://www.geripal.org
 - Terminology of chronic pain: the need to “level the playing field”
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

The Association Between Receipt of Guideline-Concordant Long-Term Opioid Therapy and All-Cause Mortality     
http://link.springer.com

Long-term safety of fentanyl sublingual spray in opioid-tolerant patients with breakthrough cancer pain
http://www.jpain.org

Encouraging Exercise and Identifying Pain Triggers are Among ASA Forum’s Recommendations
http://www.painweek.org
Management of Postoperative Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American Pain Society, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Committee on Regional Anesthesia, Executive Committee, and Administrative Council
​http://www.jpain.org

March 23, 2016

A must read!
Depression and Suicidal Behavior in Patients with Chronic Pain
http://www.painweek.org

Role of Acetaminophen Monotherapy For Knee OA Questioned   (OA - osteoarthritis)
"Diclofenac 150mg per day was determined as the most effect non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) available for improving both pain and function in patients with osteoarthritis, according to a study published in The Lancet."
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Fast-Acting Opioids Get New Boxed Warning
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Mind-Body Therapy Bests Usual Care for Back Pain
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Women may experience more pain than men, but receive less treatment for it
http://www.kevinmd.com

Combination Anticonvulsant-Antidepressant Tx Superior to Monotherapy in FM   (FM - fibromyalgia)
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Multipronged Intervention Cuts Risky Prescribing - Curbs excessive NSAID and anti platelet prescribing
http://www.medpagetoday.com

March 22, 2016

National Pain Strategy outlines actions for improving pain care in America
http://www.hhs.gov
This is a link to the actual document: National Pain Strategy, A Comprehensive Population Health-Level Strategy for Pain - it was issued by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March 18, 2016 - "The National Pain Strategy: A Vision" - can be found on pages 6-8
​http://iprcc.nih.gov

March 16, 2016

Few Changes as CDC Releases Opioid Guidelines
http://www.painnewsnetwork.org
this is a link to a pdf of the "CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016"
http://www.cdc.gov
the 12 recommendations are on page 16

Exercise Alone or With Education Best for Reducing Low Back Pain Risk
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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March 12, 2016

Senate Passes Far-Reaching Bill to Tackle Addiction Crisis
http://pcssmat.org

Survey: Potential Dangers of NSAIDs, Acetaminophen Often Ignored, Unrecognized
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Multimodal Care Reduces All-Cause Mortality in Opioid Users
http://www.medscape.com
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Safety Scale Spotlights Oversedation And Respiratory Depression
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Buprenorphine May Beat Opioids for Triad of Pain, PTSD, SUDs (substance use disorder)
http://www.medscape.com
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Pregabalin effective in reducing pain, improving sleep in patients with fibromyalgia
http://www.healio.com

Naloxone Prescribed With Every Opioid?
http://www.medscape.com
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Study Posits Medical Marijuana as Possible Migraine Treatment
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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February 29, 2016

President Barack Obama on Monday has declined to endorse the boldest proposal from the nation's governors to tackle the heroin crisis: limiting the number of high-powered painkillers doctors can prescribe at a time
http://www.usnews.com

The Pendulum Swings for Opioid Prescribing - A must read article by Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD - a very reasonable balanced perspective on the current opioid issues.
http://online.liebertpub.com

Staying Hydrated Reduces Perception of Pain
http://www.newsmax.com

Zyprexa: Also a Pain Med?
http://www.medpagetoday.com

Pregabalin and Paroxetine Combination Therapy Effectively Reduces Somatic Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
​http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

Prospective LBP Trial Finds Negative Affect Linked to Poorer Opioid Outcomes, Higher Rates of Misuse
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Review Finds High Incidence of Sleep-Disordered Breathing In Chronic Opioid Patients
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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February 23, 2016

Draft CDC Opioid Guideline: Pain Medicine Experts Discuss
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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3 articles regarding post surgical pain:
- New Evidence-based Recommendations Seek to Address Undertreatment of Post-surgical Pain
http://www.painweek.org
-American Pain Society Publishes Clinical Practice Guideline for Post-surgical Pain Management
http://www.newswise.com
-Curbing Opioids Postoperatively An Increasing Focus of Many Surgeons
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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2 aticles regarding benzodiazepine/opioid risk
- New Study Highlights Risks of Combining Benzodiazepines and Opioids
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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- There’s an Under-the-Radar Threat from Benzodiazepine Misuse
http://www.painweek.org

Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds
http://consumer.healthday.com

Oral Opioids No Better Than NSAIDs for Knee OA Pain
http://www.medscape.com
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Managing Opioid Induced Constipation
http://www.painweek.org

Low-Dose Naltrexone as Adjunctive Pharmacotherapy for Fibromyalgia
http://www.rheumatologyadvisor.com

February 16, 2016

Nutrition and Pain: Rules for Success
http://www.painweek.org

Drug Screening May Impair Patient-Physician Relationship
http://psychcentral.com

Staying Active Best Advice for Severe LBP (low back pain)
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Many Chronic Pain Sufferers May Overuse Nonprescription Painkillers
http://consumer.healthday.com

Two Sumatriptan Formulations Approved for Migraine by FDA
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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Additionally, a more in depth article about Onezetra Xsail:
FDA Approves Onzetra Xsail Migraine Medication
http://www.practicalpainmanagement.com

February 9, 2016

High-frequency focused ultrasound treatment zaps cancer pain
http://www.cbsnews.com

Study of Veterans Suggests Risk of Accidental Death Varies with Dosage Level
http://www.painweek.org

The Logic of Pain Management
https://www.painedu.org

Chronic Pain Changes DNA In The Brain And Immune System
http://www.medicaldaily.com

February 2, 2016

Best Practices in Prescribing Protocol
http://www.painweek.org

Prescription Opioid Duration, Dose, and Increased Risk of Depression in 3 Large Patient Populations
http://www.annfammed.org

Skip Step 2, Use Low-Dose Morphine for Moderate Cancer Pain
http://www.medscape.com
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An exploratory study on the effectiveness of “Calmare therapy” in patients with cancer-related neuropathic pain: A pilot study
http://www.ejoncologynursing.com
"The Calmare® device uses a biophysical rather than a biochemical approach. A 'no-pain' message is transmitted to the nerve via disposable surface electrodes applied to the skin in the region of the patient's pain. The perception of pain is cancelled when the no-pain message replaces that of pain, by using the same pathway through the surface electrodes in a non-invasive way. Regardless of pain intensity, a patient's pain can be completely removed for immediate relief."      http://www.calmarett.com

January 26, 2016

Same Opioid, Same Patient Type, Same Response?
https://www.painedu.org

Forget The Gizmos: Exercise Works Best For Lower-Back Pain
http://www.npr.org

Prevention of Low Back Pain 
​A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
http://archinte.jamanetwork.com

Study Finds Beneficial Effects of Exercise Regardless of Body Type or Prior Fitness Levels
http://www.painweek.org

Marijuana May Help Treat, Prevent Migraines, Study Says
http://consumer.healthday.com

January 19, 2016

Study Cautions Prescribers to Consider Chronic Opioid Therapy as a Risk Factor for Depression 
suggests depression occurs "independent of the known connection between pain and depression"
http://www.painweek.org

Scrambler Therapy Benefit in Cancer-Related Neuropathic Pain 
"In scrambler therapy, electrocardiographic-like pads are placed around the area of pain. The device then synthesizes different types of nerve action potentials that deliver nonpain information through cutaneous nerves to the pain site. It is thought that scrambling afferent pain signals and replacing them with nonpain signals induces pain relief."
http://www.medscape.com
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Intra-Op Opioids Heighten Risk for PDNV in Children 
"The administration of intraoperative opioids was significantly associated with post-discharge nausea and vomiting (PDNV) in children, and long-acting opioids had far worse effects than their short-acting counterparts."
http://painmedicinenews.com
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January 12, 2016

Supplements Help Relieve Pain of Osteoarthritis - Pat Anson
glucosamine and chondroitin  -  and Arthrem, a dietary supplement made in New Zealand that contains an herbal extract from the plant Artemisia annua
http://www.painnewsnetwork.org

Study suggests TENS may reduce chronic back pain in adults 
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com

Study suggests children with chronic pain may experience relief with acupuncture 
http://www.scienceworldreport.com

Research Implicates Dietary Quality in Nociceptive Sensitivity and Systemic Inflammation
http://www.painweek.org

December 13, 2015

A Need for Personalized Chronic Opioid Therapy - Dr Charles Argoff
http://www.medscape.com
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​Intensity of Chronic Pain - The Wrong Metric? - Jane C. Ballantyne, M.D., and Mark D. Sullivan, M.D.,Ph.D.
​http://www.nejm.org

Study: Opioids, Muscle Relaxants Ineffective for Acute Low Back Pain
http://www.painmedicinenews.com   
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December 7, 2015

Statement Regarding the Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain While Preventing Abuse and Diversion - from ASPMN (American Society for Pain Management Nursing)
http://www.aspmn.org

Research Yields Insights into Hyaluronic Acid Injection Mechanism of Action
http://www.painweek.org

FDA moves quickly to approve easy-to-use nasal spray to treat opioid overdose
http://www.fda.gov

FDA Approves Nasal Spray That Reverses Opioid Overdose
http://www.statnews.com

November 23, 2015

Real Patient Experience Insights Into Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain
Cedars Sinai researchers analyzed social media for posts about GI side effects of opioid therapy. “By informing doctors and prescribers about these results, we can hopefully improve the communication and shared decision-making between doctor and patient around pain medications.”
http://www.painweek.org

November 20, 2015

LBP Study: Optimized NSAID Regimen Not Improved by Additional Medications (low back pain)
http://www.painweek.org

Study Supports EU Action to Extend Approval of Capsaicin Patch to Include DPN (diabetic peripheral neuropathy)
http://www.painweek.org

Dexamethasone in the prophylaxis of radiation-induced pain flare after palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases: a double-blind, randomised placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial
http://www.thelancet.com

November 16, 2015

Study: Long-Term Opioid Use Often Ineffective
http://www.painnewsnetwork.org

F.D.A. Approval of OxyContin Use for Children Continues to Draw Scrutiny
http://www.nytimes.com

First Day After Surgery Indicates Chance for Chronic Pain Later 
http://www.painmedicinenews.com   
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November 11, 2015

Samhsa Opioid Overdose Toolkit,  table of contents:

  • Facts for Community Members
  • Five Essential Steps for First Responders 
  • Information for Prescribers
  • Safety Advice for Patients & Family Members 
  • Recovering from Opioid Overdose 

"CONSIDER PRESCRIBING NALOXONE ALONG WITH THE PATIENT’S INITIAL OPIOID PRESCRIPTION. With proper education, patients on long-term opioid therapy and others at risk for overdose may benefit from having a naloxone kit to use in the event of overdose [4]."   page 14
Samhsa (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
https://store.samhsa.gov

Seven “D’s” That Can Protect and Defend Your Pain Management Practice - Jay S. Rosen, MD
-Diagnoses
-Documentation
-Discrimination
-Disability
-Diversion
-Death 
-DEA and State Regulations
http://www.painmedicinenews.com
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CDC Draft Opioid Guidelines Ignite Controversy
http://www.painmedicinenews.com   
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November 6, 2015

Results of New Long Term Study Suggests Further Investigation is Warranted
http://www.painweek.org

Cannabis May Be Effective for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy 
http://www.painmedicinenews.com 
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November 5, 2015

Suicide and Pain: The Silent Epidemic
It is sometimes difficult to determine if an opioid overdose death was intentional or accidental.
http://www.painmedicinenews.com   
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Research Shows Medication That Relieves Opioid-Induced Constipation Improves Survival in Advanced Cancer Patients
(Methylnaltrexone)
http://www.newswise.com

Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use
Detailed article about steps being taken to combat the prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office

November 1, 2015

FDA Warns of Slowed-Breathing Risks Associated With Tramadol Use in Children
http://www.painmedicinenews.com   
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Postoperative Pain Management: An Overview of the Recently Approved IONSYS® (Fentanyl Iontophoretic Transdermal System)
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Fast Facts from Palliative Care Network of Wisconsin
Fast Facts are one page of peer reviewed information on a clinical or programmatic topic in palliative care, designed for both generalist clinicians and palliative care specialists.
http://www.mypcnow.org/#!fast-facts?cb1h

October 26, 2015

Re draft CDC guidelines for opioid prescribing
DEA Inflicts Harm On Chronic Pain Patients
The draft guidelines for opioid prescribing recently released by the CDC state that physicians “should avoid” increasing opioid doses over 90 mg morphine equivalent per day. If this dose does not provide adequate pain relief, it is then recommended that doctors “ would consider working with patients to taper and discontinue opioids”.   Dr Lynn Webster has three decades of work in pain management,  is the vice president of Scientific Affairs of PRA Health Sciences and immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine, and is also certified in addiction medicine. 
http://www.lynnwebstermd.com

Good Risk/Benefit Trade-Off With Celecoxib, Other NSAIDs in Patients Without CV Disease
A randomized trial reported on at the European Society of Cardiology 2015 suggests that adverse events in people without heart disease is low for either celexoxib or traditional NSAIDs for arthritis. 
http://www.medscape.com
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October 24, 2015

Opioid-Induced Constipation: Treating the Patient Holistically 

Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) can be extremely distressing, sometimes even more painful than the initial pain, and occasionally limiting patient compliance with opioid therapy. This is an excellent in-depth article including definition, pathogenesis, distinction between general constipation, treatment options including nonpharmacologic, complementary, alternative, opioid rotation, laxatives and softeners, and pharmacologic agents.

http://www.painmedicinenews.com 
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