The Pain Reporter: More Than Just Physical Shoulder Strain?

A recent Daily Dose highlighted an interesting study linking risk factors for heart disease with an increased likelihood of shoulder problems including joint pain and rotator cuff injury. The Pain Reporter asked...

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Prevention by Prediction: Gut Bacteria and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Going even further with that idiom, being able to predict an illness would certainly help in preventing it. As highlighted in a painweek.org Daily Dose results from a study suggested that the presence of certain types of gut bacteria might indicate susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Lead author of the study, Veena Taneja, PhD, Associate Professor at Rochester of Immunology at the Mayo Clinic, answered our questions...

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Pain Reporter: Adalimumab Study Author Explains Its New Mechanism of Action

A recent Daily Dose brought to light a University College London study documenting the additional benefits of adalimumab, an anti-inflammatory medication. Michael Ehrenstein, PhD, is a Consultant Rheumatologist at UCL Hospitals and coauthor of this study. He answered a few questions for the Pain Reporter....

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Pain Reporter: Asthma and Migraine

A recent Daily Dose reported a study connecting asthma and migraine. The Pain Reporter contacted lead author Vincent T. Martin, MD, in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio, to ask him the...

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Pain Reporter: Women, Obesity, and Pain Intensity: An Interconnected Trio

Older women, obesity, and pain intensity: how do they affect each other? The Pain Reporter contacted Vahid Eslami, MD, the lead author of a study examining the connections between those 3 things. Dr. Eslami is a postdoctoral research Fellow in the...

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Pain Reporter: Practitioner Lack of Education and Compassion Add Up to a Wife in Constant Pain and a Justifiably Irate Husband/Caregiver

A recent conversation was started in our PAINWeek.org info mailbox. Mr. Peter Cholakis wrote to us: My wife suffers from severe chronic back pain (degenerative back condition). Physicians in Massachusetts will not prescribe appropriate medications...

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Pain Reporter: The ATLAS Trial in the UK: Acupuncture and the Alexander Technique for Chronic Neck Pain

A recent Daily Dose described the ATLAS—Alexander Technique Lessons or Acupuncture Sessions—trial for chronic neck pain. It’s the first randomized controlled trial assessing the addition of acupuncture or lessons in Alexander Technique to usual...

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Pain Reporter: Delirium in Older Patients Postsurgery. Why? Is Interleukin Involved? Inflammation?

Delirium, an acute state of confusion, often affects older adults following surgery or serious illness. So says an article published in Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Data from SAGES—the Successful...

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Pain Reporter: Practitioner Cultural Awareness Can Lead to Better End of Life Pain Management for South Asians

A recent Daily Dose brought to our attention a study about the disconnect between healthcare providers and South Asian patients receiving end of life care. It highlighted the need for more culture awareness. We spoke to Nidhi Khosla, PhD, MPH, the...

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Pain Reporter: Interviews with Dr. Jeong and Dr. Bruchas, two of the doctors behind a new brain implant medication delivery device

A device, implantable in the brain, activated by remote control…no, this isn’t Mission: Impossible XII or another remake of The Manchurian Candidate. It’s a unique medication delivery system that, although being used only on rodents, could...

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