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EAET: Emotional Awareness and Expression Therapy for Fibromyalgia Pain

A team of researchers from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan Medical Center reports encouraging results from a randomized clinical trial of a novel psychological therapy for fibromyalgia. The treatment approach, called...

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Prescriptions for Medical Marijuana: Education Lags Legislation

A survey conducted by researchers from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, concludes that medical students are not receiving adequate training on the engagement and prescribing of...

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A Note to Clinicians on Treating Joint Pain: Look Beyond the MRI

When evaluating patients who present with complaints of foot pain, it is important for the clinician to remember the kinetic chain, according to researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery and Harvard Medical School. This concept postulates that...

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Virtual Reality and Pain Response in Patients: Not Just a Distraction

Recent small studies of the distraction power of virtual reality suggest that VR may assist patients in their responses to pain. The end goal is...

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It's About Time: Assessing Chronic Pain in HIV Patients

Last week, the HIV Medicine Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America released guidelines suggesting that HIV patients should be assessed for...

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Why Breast Cancer Patients on Opioids Avoid Life-Prolonging Therapy

A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine's Department of Public Health services has uncovered a disturbing reason for breast cancer patients' failure to complete the...

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HHS Task Force to Help "Handle the Serious Problem of Pain in America"

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the creation of a new task force to develop recommendations for acute and chronic pain management and to advance best practices for...

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Peripheral Neuropathy After Chemotherapy: An Underappreciated Risk?

A research team from UC Davis, UCLA and other institutions concludes that early-stage breast cancer patients who have been treated with chemotherapy are at elevated risk for development of painful peripheral neuropathy, which can persist for...

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Treating Osteoarthritis Pain: Emerging Therapies and the Future

"New Therapeutic Targets for Osteoarthritis Pain" is the title of a review examining emerging therapies and potential future treatment directions for osteoarthritis (OA) pain. Authored by...

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CDC Prescribing Guidelines: Federal Review is Biased and Inconsistent

The 2016 CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing have been faulted in some quarters for a lack of scientific basis, and an article earlier this week discusses a recent study of the federal review process used in their development. Led by...

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