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A letter published in the journal of Signal Transduction and Targeted Therapy brings to light a potential new tool to combat chronic pain. Conolidine, used in traditional Chinese medicine, is a natural analgesic alkaloid that targets the atypical chemokine receptor ACKR3. Researchers say it offers...

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“Leaders in pain medicine recognize that terminology needs to keep up with our understanding of disorders, their pathophysiologies, and their treatment.” So say the authors of an article published in the Journal of Pain Research, one of whom is long time PAINWeek faculty, Michael Schatman, PhD, CPE...

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Which screening and diagnostic tests are ordered for a new patient with potential musculoskeletal pain? That’s the question posed in an article published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Researchers looked at almost 12,000 initial medical encounters over 9 years that had a...

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Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory disease in which tendons and ligaments connect to bone. The condition is painful, chronic, and affects joints in about a third of those people with psoriasis. A study in the journal of Arthritis & Rheumatology accessed the involvement of chemokines and their...

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“Musculoskeletal disorder in adults with cerebral palsy is higher than in the general population,” leading researchers to examine the level of use of physical therapy and occupational therapy services in this group. The study, published in the Disability and Health Journal, compared comorbidities...

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Research published in the journal of Neurology tested the efficacy of IV immunoglobulin (IVIG)—commonly used to treat polyneuropathies such as chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and multifocal motor neuropathy—on idiopathic small fiber neuropathy. Participants in the study received...

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Most practitioners know that their parents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience pain and decreased quality of life. What they may not be aware of is the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in this patient population. A study published in International Journal of General Medicine illustrated...

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Findings from the 2002 to 2018 National Health Interview Survey for adults aged 25 to 84 are discouraging. Pain prevalence—for headache/migraine, joint, low back, neck, facial/jaw pain—has gone up, with people reporting a 10% increase of pain in at least 1 area. That equals an additional 10.5...

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In an article published in Research and Reports in Urology, researchers detail their findings from a literature review of chronic scrotal pain—whether intermittent or constant—and options for surgical and nonsurgical treatment. Causes of chronic scrotal pain include both scalpel and nonscalpel...

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An article in JAMA Network Open asked, “Do 5 sessions of flotation restricted environmental stimulation therapy [REST] alleviate chronic pain?” Participants floated in a tank of high salt concentrated water heated to skin temperature. Exposure to stimuli—thermal, visual, acoustic, and mechanical—was...

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