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Jasmine Silva, DO, FAOAAM, is an evidence-based wellness physician who is triple board certified in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Family and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and the founder of OsteopathicYoga.™ Dr. Silva spoke to PAINWeek about her work in the Footsteps program, a...

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Proper sleep isn’t merely nice to have; it’s essential to good health. The benefits of sleep have long been acknowledged and include fewer illnesses, maintaining a healthy weight, lowering risk for serious illness such as like diabetes and heart disease, reducing stress, improving mood, and thinking...

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In the United States, ~18 million of the 50 million people with chronic pain are prescribed long-term opioids and are at risk of addiction or overdose. Might self-guided eHealth help? A study in the journal of PAIN describes a clinical study of 400 participants who were randomized to an as usual...

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A study in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology examined the efficacy of using an ice pack post laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign conditions. 51 women were in either the control or intervention group. The intervention: postsurgery ice packs on the abdomen, in the operating room. Pain and...

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Preventing the deaths of Veterans, whether accidental overdoses or suicides, is a high priority for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The statistics are awful: in the United States, about 17 Veterans a day kill themselves. A committee has been formed to examining the dangers of Veterans taking...

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In life-saving news, the FDA has approved, for the first time, over the counter use of Narcan, 4 mg naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray. By increasing ease of access by selling directly to consumers whether online or via grocery stores, gas stations, drug stores, or convenience shops, the FDA hopes...

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A literature review of disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs (DMOADs) and their potential to repair/regenerate tissues was published in the Archives of Bone and Joint Surgery. Most OA treatments are aimed at pain reduction and researchers noted:

  • Surgical treatments include: joint distraction...

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Two pharmacists, Drs. Jasmine Carpenter and Lindsay Wells, answer our questions about leftover opioids, opioid overprescribing, and the impact of COVID. Dr. Carpenter works at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Dr. Wells works at the Lexington VA in Virginia. She is a clinical pain pharmacist and...

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In an article in the Cell journal, scientists from China and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have researched the structural framework of opioid receptors in an effort to build better pain management and limit side effects. “This collaboration revealed conserved, or shared...

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Black patients: prescribed opioids less frequently yet undergo more urine drug screenings. The Journal of Clinical Oncology reports on various healthcare disparities affecting older patients at end of life. Findings from over 300,000 decedents >65 years with poor-prognosis cancers include:

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