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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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Commonly Performed Surgical Procedures May Provide No Additional Benefit

Results from a new study suggest that a common surgical approach for the treatment of tennis elbow may provide no more therapeutic benefit than placebo. The randomized double-blind study compared 2 groups of patients who...

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Study Illuminates the Neurological Mechanism Underlying Pain Alleviation and Tissue Healing

Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine report that they have discovered the mechanism by which electroacupuncture relieves injury-induced pain and promoted tissue repair. The authors assert that their work is the first to...

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State Adds to List of Qualifying Conditions, Expands Providers who can Prescribe

In December, 2016, the New York State Health Department announced plans to modify the state medical marijuana program to include chronic pain as a qualifying condition. A regulatory amendment to this effect was submitted for public comment, and last week...

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Study Links Timing of Injections to Likelihood of Postoperative Complication

An article published online earlier this week in the Journal of Neurosurgery suggests that candidates for lumbar spinal fusion surgery may be well advised to discontinue lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESIs) for up to 3 months before...

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Pain Modulation via Genetic Engineering?

Researchers at University of Utah, in collaboration with colleagues from Duke University and Washington University, St. Louis, have announced a new approach to pain management via modulating genes that reduce inflammation in cells and tissues. The approach...

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Study Finds Substantial Divergence in Pain Treatment Goals and Recommends Enhanced Communication Training

New research conducted at UC Davis Health concludes that primary care clinicians and patients disagree substantially over the goals of pain treatment. While patients prioritize a reduction in pain intensity and, secondarily, an understanding of the cause of their pain, clinicians place greater emphasis on...

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