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What are the best treatments for painful diabetic neuropathy? The American Academy of Neuropathy, with an endorsement by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, has updated its 2011 guidelines for oral and topical treatments. The recommendations, which may reduce as...

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Chronic back pain (CBP), the most common type of chronic pain, needs better treatment. Does psychological treatment, or pain reprocessing therapy (PRT), help? “PRT seeks to promote patients’ reconceptualization of primary (nociplastic) chronic pain as a brain-generated false alarm.” A study...

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A $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will be used to research chronic musculoskeletal pain treatments. Due to worker disability and lost wages, this type of condition, which leads to pain in bones, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons, costs the United States $500 billion...

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In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 135 people diagnosed with chronic migraine—aged 10 to 17 years, mostly female (79%) and mostly white (89%)—were assessed. Researchers sought to understand “predictors of improvement in headache days and migraine-related...

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Poor sleep can lead to depression, diabetes, dementia, hypertension, and increased pain levels. All of which can lead to poorer sleep in a highly negative spiral. Poor sleep is frequently seen in older people, although “If you are a healthy older person, your sleep should remain stable after 50-60,”...

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The Journal of Pediatrics recently published findings from a study of children and teens with recurring abdominal pain. Natoshia Cunningham, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the MSU College of Human Medicine and lead author of the study, commented that “anxiety is very...

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In the Lancet, Child & Adolescent Health journal, the results of a Canada study of students and pain is discussed. An 11-week cognitive behavioral self-management program, called Chronic Pain 35, addressed therapy for chronic pain and shares the understanding of pain. Unfortunately, students in pain...

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In a new Pain and Therapy journal article written by PAINWeek faculty member Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr, he discusses the prevalence of low back pain and how to halt its transition to chronic back pain. Dr. Pergolizzi looks at physical therapy, exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other...

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Newswise — When chronic pain keeps children from being active and social, it’s no surprise that anxiety and depression can become unwelcome playmates.

Unfortunately, this scenario can become a vicious cycle—not only can pain lead to depression and anxiety, but worsening depression and anxiety can...

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Fresh affirmation of the value of mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) in the management of chronic pain has been provided by a new meta-analysis of data from 21 studies spanning almost 2,000 patients with pain. The research compared the effectiveness of mindfulness to cognitive behavioral...

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