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During the healing process, heterotopic ossification (HO), where bone grows abnormally in soft tissue, may occur. In fact, this abnormal bone growth happens to about a fifth of those who’ve had hip replacement; if the hip needs to be replaced again, HO rises as high as 80%! But why? Do pain-sensing...

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In their Nature Communications journal article, entitled “Inhibiting endocytosis in CGRP+ nociceptors attenuates inflammatory pain-like behavior,” researchers “utilized genetic and pharmacological approaches to inhibit nociceptor endocytosis demonstrating its role in the development and maintenance...

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The pain of kidney stones has been likened to being “worse than childbirth” or “like a knife in the gut from the inside.” Invasive procedures to break up the stones isn’t much fun either. A new clinical trial is using ultrasound waves to break up any leftover fragments after surgery to enable...

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In an effort to uncover therapies that will modify diseases, researchers sought a better understanding of precipitating molecular events. Reporting their findings in the journal of Science Advances, the scientists found that immobilizing N-acylethanolamine acid amidase (NAAA) at a specific time...

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Although most of us will never get to travel to outer space, we (unfortunately) share something with those who have: back pain. The journal of Anesthesiology reports that, along with an increase in commercial space travel, practitioners can expect to see even more patients with back pain. The...

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Results of a focus group brought to light the perspectives of 29 women (mean age 46 years) experiencing urinary tract infections (UTI). The results, reported in the Journal of Urology, identified 7 themes (below) in these categories: 1) the problems with taking antibiotics and 2) resentment towards...

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The PAINWeek National Conference has presented many courses teaching the benefits of music therapy. A university in Thailand is promoting a music therapy course, and not just to treat those in pain. Music therapy has helped lower blood pressure, soothe patients during dialysis or chemotherapy, or...

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At the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ 18th Annual Perioperative and Critical Care Conference, results from an examination of opioid prescribing for over 2,000 lung resection patients were presented. These patients were enrolled in an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol, which lead to...

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A rose is a rose is a rose. And an emoji of a rose is even easier to “get.” There are over 3500 Unicode Standard emoji, including medical-specific ones such as a pill or a syringe. Newer added emoji include a stethoscope, microbe, and drop of blood. Authors of a JAMA commentary suggest even more...

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In women undergoing a hysterectomy, adenomyosis is seen in anywhere from almost 9% to over 60%. Adenomyosis is defined as endometrial glands and stroma within the middle layer of the uterine wall (myometrium), and can cause heavy monthly bleeding, dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia, chronic pelvic pain, and...

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