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The journal of Children reports on new guidelines for a pervasive health concern. With a monthly prevalence of 20% in young kids, potentially leading to a lifetime prevalence of 40%, back pain is serious. The guideline, developed by 14 professional societies in Germany, is based on a literature...

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Unsedated procedures involving patients who have acute or chronic illness can be painful and cause nervousness, anxiety, distress, and catastrophizing. Virtual reality (VR) has been shown to positively distract, and therefore lessen the stress involved. The Journal of Medical Internet Research repor...

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What is the link between sex hormone deficiency and rotator cuff repair? IS there a link? An article in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery says there certainly is. Via a nationwide health insurance database, researchers found about 230,000 adults (aged <65) who had torn rotator cuff surgery and...

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Headache disorders “are among the most prevalent and disabling conditions worldwide,” according to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study. A review in The Journal of Headache and Pain identified over 350 relevant published papers. Among the findings are the percent of the population with:

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A study in the ACR Open Rheumatology journal determined that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are undermedicated—STILL, even though guidelines have called for early and aggressive treatment. Researchers looked into over 7,800,000 ambulatory visits by older adults over 12 years. Rheumatologists...

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Pediatric pain assessment and management are frequently underestimated and undertreated. Therefore, those practitioners working in the emergency sector should be ready with strategies. An article in the Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians Open provides suggestions for pain and...

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A new experimental drug, mavacameten, may avert heart surgery or other therapies to lessen the thickness of the septum. Findings from a clinical trial were presented at the 71st annual American College of Cardiology scientific session. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causes heart muscle thickening...

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What is the relationship between posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and pain sensitization in 10 to 18 year olds with chronic pain? Researchers explored this question and reported in the Journal of Pain Reports. 165 adolescents were recruited from chronic pain programs, their PTSS assessed through...

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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that Black patients are less likely to be “completely satisfied” with their care post joint replacement than Whites. The study included over 4,600 patients who had primary knee (2,113) or hip (2,516) replacement surgery in New York, New Jersey, or...

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"Elect"ing to say "maybe?" Results have been released from a National Poll on Healthy Aging. Among adults 50 to 80 years of age who considered having elective surgery—including joint, eye, abdominal, cosmetic, foot, or leg—well over 60% said their #1 concern was pain/discomfort. The poll was...

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