Animal Research Suggests Itch Neurons May Function as Built-in Pain Modulation

Findings from a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Washington University School of Medicine may advance our understanding of the role of itch neurons in the modulation of chronic pain. These neurons, called...

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Better Storage Practice and Improved Packaging Technology can Protect More Children

Results of a national survey conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg school of Public Health conclude that up to 70% of opioid prescriptions kept in homes with children are not being safely stored. Safe storage was defined by the survey as...

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Compound Targets Non-opioid Pain Pathway, Provides Long-Duration Pain Relief

Researchers at the University of Utah have isolated a compound derived from snail venom that appears to target a pain pathway not associated with opioids. The compound, Rg1A, was tested in rodent models, and was found to...

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Study Finds Correlation Between Serum Vitamin D Levels and Incidence of Relapse

New research undertaken at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reports that the risk of clinical relapse for patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) is higher for those with lower serum vitamin D levels. The work builds on the previously known association between...

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Measures of Peripheral Vison Reaction Time - Quick, Inexpensive, and Objective

A research team with affiliations at a number of universities and funded by a grant from the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command has reported that a new test of peripheral vision reaction time (PVRT) may permit better diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or concussion. Corresponding author Peter Bergold, PhD, professor of...

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Risk for Reoperation Increases with Amount Smoked

New research conducted at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia concludes that smoking contributes to higher risk of septic complication for patients who have undergone total hip or knee replacement surgery. These infections frequently result in the need for repeat surgery. Senior author Matthew Austin, MD, commented...

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