Acupuncture versus medication for pain management: a cross-sectional study of breast cancer survivors.

CONCLUSION: We found similar rates of preference for acupuncture versus medication among breast cancer survivors for pain management. Specific attitudes and beliefs predicted such preferences, highlighting the importance of a patient-centred approach to align patient beliefs and preferences with therapeutic options for more effective pain management. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT01013337; Results. PMID: 29440043 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research

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Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
 Back in February, MD+DI got the low down from an obstetrics and gynecologist specialist in Lubbock, TX on a new vaginal rejuvenation device that her patients have been raving about.  Now it seems the manufacturer of that particular device, along with other companies selling laser- or energy-based devices for vaginal rejuvenation failed to get FDA's blessing. "We've recently become aware of a growing number of manufacturers marketing 'vaginal rejuvenation' devices to women and claiming these procedures will treat conditions and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, or...
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Improvements in cancer survivorship have led to increased recognition of treatment-related toxicities, some of which may not occur until years after the conclusion of treatment (1, 2). For breast cancer survivors, lymphedema is one of the most dreaded complications of surgery, radiation therapy, and taxane-based chemotherapy. Lymphedema involves a build-up of extracellular fluid within the upper extremity and results in swelling and, at times, chronic skin changes, fibrosis, loss of sensation, deformity, and pain (3).
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Clinical Investigation Source Type: research
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Source: Mass Device - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Women's Health Alma Lasers Cynosure Inc. InMode Aesthetic Solutions sciton Source Type: news
AbstractObjectiveTo assess the effectiveness of Yishen Jiangu Granules ( 益肾健骨颗粒, YSJGG) on aromatase inhibitor-associated musculoskeletal symptoms (AIMSS).MethodsA single-arm, open-label study was conducted in 34 postmenopausal women with breast cancer who experienced AIMSS. Patients were treated with YSJGG for 12 weeks (12.4 g orally twice daily). The primary outcome was a change in the mean worst pain score of Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (BPI-SF) over 12 weeks, and the second outcomes included changes in pain severity and pain-related interference of BPI-SF and Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Os...
Source: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
We presently forget 98% of everything we experience. That will go away in favor of perfect, controllable, configurable memory. Skills and knowledge will become commodities that can be purchased and installed. We will be able to feel exactly as we wish to feel at any given time. How we perceive the world will be mutable and subject to choice. How we think, the very fundamental basis of the mind, will also be mutable and subject to choice. We will merge with our machines, as Kurzweil puts it. The boundary between mind and computing device, between the individual and his or her tools, will blur. Over the course of the ...
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To explore associations between quantitative sensory testing (QST) and pretreatment pain, physical, and psychological characteristics in women with breast cancer. SAMPLE & SETTING: 41 women with treatment-naive stage 0-III breast cancer at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor. METHODS & VARIABLES: Participants completed self-report surveys and QST within the month before breast surgery. Pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) were measured bilaterally at each trapezius with a manual QST algometer. PPT values were split, yielding low, moderate, and high ...
Source: Oncology Nursing Forum - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Oncol Nurs Forum Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: artificial nutrition ASCO cannabanoid code status conference reviews fatigue hpmglobal marijuana mindfulness mucositis neuropathic oncology pain race rosielle scrambler Source Type: blogs
P2X7 is a nonselective cation channel activated by extracellular ATP. P2X7 activation contributes to the proinflammatory response to injury or bacterial invasion and mediates apoptosis. Recently, P2X7 function has been linked to chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain. P2X7 may contribute to pain modulation both by effects on peripheral tissue injury underlying clinical pain states, and through alterations in central nervous system processing, as suggested by animal models. To further test its role in pain sensitivity, we examined whether variation within the P2RX7 gene, which encodes the P2X7 receptor, was associated wi...
Source: Pain - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Research Paper Source Type: research
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