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Over 3 million American adults have Crohn’s disease. Of those, 30% to 40% develop perianal fistulas that can cause discomfort, swelling, pain, and blood and/or pus leakage. Surgery may help some, but statistically over half are not. Nanofiber hydrogel with stem cells to the rescue? This injectable...

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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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For extended relief of postoperative acute pain, cryoneurolysis—providing temporary analgesia through the use of extremely low temperatures to reversibly ablate a peripheral nerve—has been proven effective, but can it also help acute worsening in nonsurgical inpatients? Researchers, publishing their...

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The journal of Brain Science reports a study of the therapeutic potential of intrathecal and intravenous resolvin D2. Derived from docosahexaenoic acid, it is a bioactive, specialized pro-resolving mediator that reduces inflammation. Researchers examined resolvin D2’s impact on mouse models of...

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A study in the Journal of Urology assessed the level of food sensitivities in veterans nationwide. The cohorts—interstitial cystitis, other pelvic pain, or healthy controls—were mailed a questionnaire for sensitivities to foods and drinks and self-perceived effects on bladder pain and/or urinary...

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The Oklahoma Study of Native American Pain Risk is a first of its kind. Its goal? To understand why Native Americans have higher levels—up to 3 times more than non-Hispanic whites—of chronic pain. A 5 year, $2.75 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow exploration of possible...

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Jacques Cousteau said, “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one." Water enriched with hydrogen molecules, which has had positive results when used as treatment in Alzheimer’s disease as well as depression, is now being studied for potential treatment of neurologic pain and its...

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Researchers surveyed the use of services—PCP visits, a pharmacist, a school nurse, outpatient appointments for injury—by over 8,000 adolescents (age 11-15) culled from 84 UK schools. Among the findings, adolescents reported

  • Pain and suicidality: 9%
  • Suicidality alone: 11%
  • Pain alone: 13%
  • Nei...

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According to researchers, “you don’t need obesity to trigger pain; you don’t need diabetes; you don’t need a pathology or injury at all. Eating a high-fat diet for a short period of time is enough." So says Dr. Michael Burton, a researcher at the University of Texas at Dallas, who, along with his...

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Low back and/or pelvic pain (LBPP) is common during pregnancy: worldwide prevalence ranges from 24% to 90%. A meta-analysis of 1,040 women in 10 studies explored the efficacy of acupuncture for LBPP. Results seen in women who received acupuncture:

  • Pain relief: significant
  • Functional status...

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