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According to the creator of the UCLA Pediatric Pain Clinic and Whole Child LA, 1 in 5 children in the United States has chronic pain. Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer says, “children who have chronic pain for long periods of time and who have gone through so many evaluations by different sub-specialists and...

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Does childhood maltreatment contribute to higher rates of pain catastrophizing in those with immune-mediated inflammatory disease (IMID)? Researchers asking that question published their findings in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Over 570 people with multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel...

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Is placebo blinding necessary? It has been thought that patient blinding to a placebo was necessary for success. However, a study published in the journal Pain compared standard placebo treatment to an open-label, or “honest” placebo. The study, of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, had two...

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Cancer leads to chronic pain for 5 million cancer survivors, and that pain is frequently treated with medication. However, acupuncture treatments may work better, and with fewer potential side effects. An article in JAMA Oncology reports a review of two types of acupuncture: electroacupuncture...

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An article published in the Journal of Pain Research questions the use of the term “chronic pain.” The article authors examine the word “chronic” from its Greek origins through dictionary definitions and medical usage. They’ve determined that the term may be misleading, showing “a semantic...

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An article published in BMC Health Services Research reveals the opinions of healthcare providers about digital interventions for patients. A dozen HCPs were interviewed about their experiences with chronic pain patients and digital self-management. Are their patients using eHealth services? Are...

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An article in the Neuron journal looked at neural mechanisms of pain severity and response as they relate to gender. Do men and women feel pain differently? If yes, why? If they do, should they receive different types of pain relief? In past studies of neural pathways, only male mice were included...

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An article in Anaesthesia, the journal of the Association of Anaesthetists, covered the prevalence, challenges to sufferers, and difficulties of managing chronic pelvic pain (CPP). Although CPP is common, there has been little research on how best to manage it. One of the difficulties is the variety...

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In a study reported in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases, researchers analyzed HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy. What causes pain in this group? Participants filled out questionnaires—the Brief Pain Inventory and the Douleur Neuropathique 4 Questions form—and patient history, lab...

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Can chronic pain patients access better pain management with the help of an app? A study examined adherence, communication, and pain self-management through the use of a pain management app. Over 240 chronic pain patients participated in an exploratory study comparing two groups, either with or...

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