• Diabetic Patients Aided by Spinal Cord Stimulation
    Results from a multicenter trial show positive effects of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) on painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (PDPN). Pharmacologic treatments of PDPN have “unbearable” side effects and/or are lacking in efficacy. This randomized controlled trial studied 36 PDPN patients with severe lower limb pain. The patients received either best medical treatment, or best medical treatment and SCS. Although the SCS treatment was called “risky” due to one patient who died because of a subdural hematoma, almost 60% of those treated with SCS had significant pain relief. To read the article, click here. To read the abstract, or for access to the journal article, click here.
  • Significant Trial Results from the Annual ASTRO Conference in California
    At the plenary session of ASTRO, the international annual Radiology Oncology Scientific Conference, in San Francisco, results from an Irish research project were hailed as significant. In short, the researchers found that a single large radiotherapy dose produced the same results as a longer course of treatment, were “immediately translatable” and “effectively changing overnight how cancer treatment is delivered in relation to spinal cord compression.” The results of this study are highly significant: cancer treatment will be less expensive—potentially reducing visits to the radiation machine by 80%—and more importantly easier on already weak patients. When advanced cancer spreads to the backbone, the standard of care is decompression surgery, if the patient isn’t too frail, plus 5-days of radiotherapy. This 9-year study “showed equivalent ability to alleviate the condition, preserving the patient’s ability to walk, postponing the onset of paralysis, and generally alleviating pain, suffering and incontinence.” To read the article, click here.
  • FDA approves Movantik for opioid-induced constipation
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Movantik (naloxegol), an oral treatment for opioid-induced constipation in adults with chronic non-cancer pain. Pain / Anesthetics News From Medical News Today
  • ‘Just-In-Time’ management methods reduce patient wait times
    Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and... Pain / Anesthetics News From Medical News Today
Daniel Carr, MD, FABPM
Pain Research, Education, and Policy Program
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, MA


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