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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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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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Children are not small adults. If drugs are first tested on adults, and they usually are, how do we know how much is too much for children? An article in Statistics in Medicine brings up these important questions for discussion. In it, researchers “propose a model based on a non‐parametric...

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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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The World Health Organization has updated its guidelines for the management of chronic pain in children ages 0 to 19 years, replacing those issued in 2012. Studies suggest that between one-quarter and one-third of children experience chronic pain. WHO states that “Based on the most current...

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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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The Clinical Journal of Pain reports a comparative analysis that looked at children ages 13 to 17 and how chronic pain affects executive functioning (EF). Although there have been studies which demonstrated that chronic pain causes differences in working memory and attention in adults, this study...

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An article in Mayo Clinic Proceedings cautions use of antibiotics in children under 2. Data from over 14,500 children born in Minnesota between 2003 and 2011 were studied. At least 1 antibiotic was prescribed in the first 2 years of life in over 10,000 (70%) children. Results showed that “Early...

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A team of multidisciplinary healthcare experts and opioid stewardship leaders have provided new opioid guidelines for children and adolescents postsurgery. Their recommendations are published in JAMA Surgery. Lorraine Kelley-Quon, MD, MSHS, a pediatric surgeon, and a diverse team of healthcare...

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