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A cross-sectional data study involving 22,273 RNs, over 550 hospitals, and data from more than 1.4 million patients sought to determine “whether involving more nurse practitioners (NPs) in inpatient care produces better outcomes…” The answer is a resounding YES. Among the findings comparing...

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Information in a preprint article, as yet not peer reviewed, aims to better understand the brain’s reward system via the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) circuits. Via fMRI, researchers compared healthy controls and patients with fibromyalgia, looking at NAcc medial prefrontal cortexes (MPFC), functional...

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Early detection for dementia or stroke risk could improve outcomes. In a retrospective cohort study reported in Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, researchers used Framingham Heart Study data. After determining widespread pain, and those who were dementia-free at baseline, researchers followed up...

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The journal of Scientific Reports has published an article in which researchers discuss a potential treatment for burn injuries. These injuries, which globally affect over 6 million people every year, may cause infections, scarring, and even death. Clinical benefits have been noted through the use...

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Does poverty impact patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? Does it affect their functional status (FS)? In what may be the largest national evaluation of FS outcomes in individuals with RA, researchers published their findings in JAMA Open Network, after a review of almost 84,000 patients, culled...

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Research published in the journal Human Movement Science examined whether those with diabetes, with or without neuropathy, would grip objects differently than healthy subjects. Those results were compared to patients with multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and Parkinson’s. Highlights of...

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Fibromyalgia—which worldwide affects anywhere from 1 in 40 to 1 in 20 people, mostly women—has long been poorly understood. The disorder causes chronic muscle pain, tenderness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances, but how and why, and where does the pain originate? In a new study, published in the Journ...

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The journal of Nature Biomedical Engineering features an article highlighting a blueprint to study pain and potential treatments. Because pain is unpredictable and random, it can be hard to study. Scientists have developed a prototype closed-loop brain–machine interface that “can modulate sensory...

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The lamprey is an eel-like creature in which researchers have found a protein called parapinopsin. This discovery was part of the research used to determine how brain neurons work, and may be controlled. The parapinopsin inhibited neurons, and turned off brain circuits. A similar system could be...

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Data from 13 interdisciplinary pain centers was gathered for the Danish Clinical Pain Registry. The registry, called PainData, is internet based, and “established to improve the understanding and treatment of high-impact chronic pain. The primary aim of this paper is to describe socio-demographics...

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