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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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Insurance companies would be more likely to pay for nontraditional approaches to pain management if they knew these methods worked. Jon Porter, medical director of the University of Vermont Medical Center Comprehensive Pain Program, and researchers compiled qualitative data from people who...

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VAntage Point, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discusses the importance of neuroscience education and physical therapy for older Veterans. VA Geriatric Scholar Ralph Magnuson commented that through a group physical therapy program, “We saw a significant change as a...

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In an article in the PNAS journal, researchers report the power of 3 antibiotics against chronic pain, possibly reducing the need for opioids. The study abstract reports that “demeclocycline, chlortetracycline, and minocycline can be repurposed for treatment of neuropathic pain and potentially for...

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In an article in the Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, researchers investigated patients attempting to get medical cannabis for their chronic pain. Researchers looked at the long-term effect of cannabis on these patients through patterns of cannabis use and primary outcomes—pain intensity and...

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