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A rose is a rose is a rose. And an emoji of a rose is even easier to “get.” There are over 3500 Unicode Standard emoji, including medical-specific ones such as a pill or a syringe. Newer added emoji include a stethoscope, microbe, and drop of blood. Authors of a JAMA commentary suggest even more...

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The CDC reports potential COVID-19 symptoms even months after infection. Most of the 33.5 million US COVID patients recovered with no complications. Some, however, still experience physical health problems leading to difficulties with activities of daily living, such as fatigue, muscle weakness, and...

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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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The American College of Radiology has updated its Appropriateness Criteria, introduced in 1993. At that time, a panel of experts in interventional radiology and diagnostic imaging put together guidelines for clinicians to help them choose treatment plans and imaging for specific conditions. The...

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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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Pain conditions that often occur together and either solely or predominantly affect women have been termed by the NIH as chronic overlapping pain conditions (COPCs). They include: vulvodynia, temporomandibular disorders, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey of chronic pain and high impact chronic pain—defined as frequently limiting work/life activities—among adult Americans in 2019. Survey findings include:

  • 20.4% of adults report...

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An abstract (399) from the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Objectives: The goal of this work is to develop a clinical [18F]FDG PET/MRI method to accurately localize sites of increased inflammation related to sources of pain. The aims are to 1) determine whether imaging findings correlate with...

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A Duke University research team has found a small area of the brain in mice that can profoundly control the animals' sense of pain.

Somewhat unexpectedly, this brain center turns pain off, not on. It's also located in an area where few people would have thought to look for an anti-pain center...

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Chronic pain is quite common as well as challenging in geriatric patients. Common pain syndromes reported are back, neck, sciatica, joint, and headaches.

Any major surgery for back pain or joint replacement can be high risk secondary to comorbid conditions. Patients are quite sensitive to side...

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