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The opioid epidemic and the growing elderly population underscore the need for effective alternative therapies to treat chronic painMedscape Medical News
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The objective of the study was to estimate the prevalence of chronic post-CHIKV rheumatic or musculoskeletal pain (pCHIK-RMSP) at 3 and 6  months after the initial symptoms. An observational study was conducted at Cayenne General Hospital in French Guiana between April 1 and June 30, 2014. All patients seen for CHIKV infection confirmed by RT-PCR were prospectively included. Pregnant women and children under 15 were excluded from the study. All patients were called by phone at 3 and 6 months to enquire about the presence of pCHIK-RMSP. Out of a total of 254 eligible patients, 168 were selected. The mean age was 4...
Source: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
SPR Therapeutics, a Cleveland, Ohio firm, landed clearance from the FDA for its SPRINT endura  and extensa peripheral nerve stimulators (PNS). The endura is a single lead system, while the extensa is dual lead. The two devic...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Anesthesiology Medicine Pain Management acutepain chronicpain Source Type: blogs
Two public health crises, the epidemics of chronic pain and of opioid misuse, are creating challenges for cancer pain management.
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ThisJAMA Viewpoint discusses trends towards implementing palliative care for patients with serious chronic illness earlier than end of life, and it highlights challenges around the use of opioids for pain control in this broader population of patients due to longer periods of use and greater likelihood of mood and substance use disorders.
Source: JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Prescription opioid misuse is defined as the consumption of opioids in manner or dose other than prescribed, consuming others ’ prescriptions, or consuming opioids for feelings that are elicited (i.e. to get high)31. Prescription opioid misuse is a serious public health epidemic in the United States. In 2013, almost 10 million Americans (4.9% of the adult population) reported prescription opioid misuse 15. Prescription o pioid misuse was found to be most prevalent among young adults 18-26 years of age, of whom 7.1% reported opioid misuse over the past 12 months in 2016 in the United States 4.
Source: The Journal of Pain - Category: Materials Science Authors: Source Type: research
Research in Occupational Stress and Well-being, Page 157-186. Abstract Acute and chronic pain affects more Americans than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Conservative estimates suggest the total economic cost of pain in the United States is $600 billion, and more than half of this cost is due to lost productivity, such as absenteeism, presenteeism, and turnover. In addition, an escalating opioid epidemic in the United States and abroad spurred by a lack of safe and effective pain management has magnified challenges to address pain in the workforce, particularly the military. Thus, it is imperative to investig...
Source: Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being - Category: Occupational Health Authors: Source Type: research
In this study, we analyzed FGF21 levels and alterations in the expression of genes encoding components of the FGF21-responsive molecular machinery in adipose tissue from aged individuals so as to ascertain whether altered FGF21 responsiveness that develops with aging jeopardizes human health and/or accelerates metabolic disturbances associated with aging. We studied a cohort of 28 healthy elderly individuals (≥70 years) with no overt signs of metabolic or other pathologies and compared them with a cohort of 35 young healthy controls (≤40 years). Serum FGF21 levels were significantly increased in elderly indiv...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Title: As Opioid Epidemic Rages, Painkiller Prescriptions Don't DropCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/1/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/2/2018 12:00:00 AM
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news
Credit: New York Times article, Jan. 19, 2016. The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. The rates of opioid addiction, babies born addicted to opioids, and overdoses have skyrocketed in the past decade. No population has been hit harder than rural communities. Many of these communities are in states with historically low levels of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIGMS’ Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program builds research capacities in these states by supporting basic, clinical, and translational research, as well as faculty development and infrastructure impro...
Source: Biomedical Beat Blog - National Institute of General Medical Sciences - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Pharmacology Medicines Opioids Pain Source Type: blogs
Low back pain, despite the multitude of explanations and increasing disability associated with it, has been with humans since forever. Who knows why and I’m not about to conjecture. What’s interesting is that despite ergonomic solutions (fail), increased fitness amongst many people (also a fail), surgical solutions (fail), hands on solutions (fail, fail), and a whole bunch of “special” exercises (fail, fail, fail) we still don’t have a handle on how to reduce disability from it. I don’t think there will be many people who haven’t seen this: I’ve never quite worked out why, w...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Back pain Low back pain Pain conditions Research biopsychosocial Chronic pain Clinical reasoning disability pain management Therapeutic approaches Source Type: blogs
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