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Sex Disparity in Outcomes of Total Joint Arthroplasty?

Findings from a study conducted by a team from Rush University Medical Center, Chicago may help to explain the higher incidence of complications from total hip and knee replacement surgery in women as compared to men. The study implicates hypersensitivity to...

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Medicine Cabinet Spring Cleaning: Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs

Coinciding with, and in support of, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 29, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released new recommendations for clinicians to engage in promoting the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription opioids. The AMA says that the new recommendations, generated by its Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, are...

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A New Target for Inflammatory Bowel Disease to Aid in Treatment?

A study led by researchers from Georgia State University, in collaboration with colleagues from Emory University and University of Michigan, reports that the regulation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by immune cells can be affected by a specific cytokine or small protein. Cytokine IL-36? was found to induce the development of the T helper cell Th9, which is associated with...

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Pregnant and Addicted to Opioids: An Alternative to Withdrawal or Detox

A research review conducted for the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeks to advance the goal of creating evidence-based recommendations for treating pregnant and...

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3D Printing and Treating Heel Deformity from Nerve Disease

In what was termed one of 6 "game changer" studies, researchers from Cedars-Sinai reported that the 3 most common procedures for treating heel deformities are not effective in correcting the problem. The study examined 18 3D prints of a patient's heel to assess the...

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Obesity and Underweight: Triggers for Migraine?

A meta-analysis led by B. Lee Peterlin, DO, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concludes that both excessive weight and underweight conditions are associated with increased risk for migraine headache. The analysis examined...

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Comparing Dorsal Root Ganglion to Spinal Cord Stimulation in Treating CRPS

New research conducted at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown concludes that dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulation is more effective than spinal cord stimulation (SCS) at providing relief for patients with...

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What if Prescribing Guidelines Were Patient Centered?

An article posted earlier this week in the National Pain Report offers a comprehensive but succinct perspective on what public policy on opioid prescribing might look like if written from the point of view of pain patients...

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State Reconsiders Prescribing Limitations of Opioids for Chronic Pain

Echoing a consensus view expressed by many PAINWeek faculty participants, the West Virginia House of Delegates took legislative action last week acknowledging the limitations of opioid prescribing restrictions on the...

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Common Reovirus Infection Implicated in Development of Celiac Disease

A research team from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reports that reovirus, a common and usually harmless virus, can provoke an immune system response to gluten that causes celiac disease. The discovery, and the related suggestion that viruses could...

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