Music Therapy Reduces Postoperative Pain from Spinal Surgery

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. The research was conducted by a team...

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Why Opioids Cause Itching: Inflammation, Histamines, and Opioid Side Effects

Research conducted at University of North Carolina School of Medicine sheds new light on the cause of a frequently encountered side effect of opioid therapy, intense itching. UNC scientists report that the receptor protein MRGRPX2 may be activated to trigger...

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Treating Diabetic Nerve Pain, Tingling, Numbness: New Recommendations

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the lead federal agency charged with improving patient safety and healthcare quality, has published new findings on the effectiveness of some antidepressants, antiseizure drugs, and other medications in treating...

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Heroin Addiction: New Therapeutic Tools for Monitoring Opioid Use Disorder

A research team from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Saini reports new discoveries relating to the molecular causes of heroin addiction that, according to their additional work on rodent models, may point the way to new and promising...

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Oral Fluid Analysis Offers Advantages Over Urine or Blood Testing

A new approach to prescription drug monitoring in patients on chronic opioid therapy is claimed to offer significant advantages over urine drug testing according to the manufacturer, Cordant Health Solutions. In a press announcement earlier this week, the...

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Prescribing Trends in Medicaid Expansion States vs States That Did Not Expand

A study conducted by researchers from University of Kentucky College of Public Health, Lexington reports that states which elected to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act saw a significant increase in...

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