TACC key collaborator in new NIH grant to explore chronic pain and opioid reliance

(University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center) Today, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced its role as a key collaborator in a first-of-its-kind National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to investigate and understand the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain and the subsequent dependence or addiction to opioids.
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Opioid withdrawal is one of the more uncomfortable parts of treatment, but it is one of the most important. There are many signs of opioid withdrawal, the length and severity of which can vary from person to person. However, each detox experience almost always includes strong cravings. Symptoms can be mild, such as sweating and yawning, while others can become more serious, like severe anxiety and depression. Opioid withdrawal can look like a scary experience; one that could deter people from getting the help they need. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be fought alone, and there are resources available to ma...
Source: Cliffside Malibu - Category: Addiction Authors: Tags: Addiction Recovery Detox Resources for Alcohol and Drugs/Opiates drug detox medical detox medicated-assisted detox opioid opioids prescription drug detox withdrawal withdrawal symptoms Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: Safer prescribing policies may take multiple years to fully implement and need to be employed across the jurisdiction to minimize doctor-shopping and adverse effects on patients with chronic pain. Approaching pain management through the social-ecological model can address potential root causes of addiction and establish a framework for doctors to provide compassionate care, community leadership, and advocacy for these patients. PMID: 31790125 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: J Am Osteopath Assoc Source Type: research
AbstractFor over two decades, dramatic increases in opioid prescriptions in the developed world, especially for long-term management of chronic noncancer pain, were accompanied by increases in patient harm. In recent years in the USA, opioid-related deaths rates have continued to increase despite falls in prescribing rates and deaths associated with prescription opioids. In large part, this is attributed to the growing availability of illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Increased opioid use, for medical and nonmedical reasons, has led to more opioid-tolerant patients requiring management of acute pain. The potential harms ass...
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Over the past 20 years, the medicinal use of opioids has swung back and forth like a pendulum. However, unlike Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, the likelihood of a last-second rescue seems remote. In the 1990s, a confluence of economic, medical, and governmental factors coalesced into a mutual driver of widespread prescription opioid use for chronic pain.1 The havoc wrought by this shift in prescribing practices ushered in the most devastating addiction crisis in US history. The ramifications of indiscriminate opioid prescribing are ubiquitous across the United States, and the statistics are grim.
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Conclusion: This pilot study demonstrates that increasing residency education in managing chronic pain and opioid use disorder is feasible, and no longer needs to be postponed due to lack of time or faculty expertise. PMID: 31757179 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Substance Use and Misuse - Category: Addiction Tags: Subst Use Misuse Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 November 2019Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian StudiesAuthor(s): Lígia Rebelo Gomes, Pedro LeãoAbstractAcupuncture is one of the areas among the alternative therapies that arouses high curiosity in the biomedical scientific community. It is particular popular for treatment of chronic diseases and addictions. However, contrasting with its evidence based effectiveness, the lack of a reasonable explanations for its mode of action divides that scientific community. Difficulties also arise to those responsible for providing information for clinicians and professional...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
More than half of cancer patients have chronic pain. Opioids provide relief, but a study found patients struggle to get hold of the pills, while those who do get them don't get help avoiding addiction.
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Cliffside Malibu does not condone the use of the term “addict” when referring to people suffering from the disorder of addiction. However, we do understand that others still may use the term in order to find information. Many people may find themselves asking the question, “am I an opioid addict?” if they feel as if their use has spiraled out of control. There are many ways to find out if you may have become addicted to opioids, as well as ways to get help and find treatment. How Opioid Addiction Begins Nearly 80% of heroin users started with prescription opioids, which puts prescription drugs and ...
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The opioid crisis is known as the health crisis surrounding prescription, and nonprescription, opioid drugs. The overdose and death rates of opioids are climbing exponentially and the use of the drug is more rampant now than ever. How Did the Opioid Crisis Begin? In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates. Before long, this lead to the medications becoming misused and it became apparent that these medications were indeed highly addictive. However,...
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Background: Over the last years, the use of chronic noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has increased. However, compliance rates with this therapy vary and factors influencing compliance still remain unclear.Aim: The aim of is this study was to investigate which factors influence compliance to NIV.Method: Data was retrospectively collected from adults initiated on chronic NIV (Jan ‘15 - May ‘17). Compliance rates were collected within 5-10 months after initiating on NIV. The influence of demographic characteristics, diagnosis, comorbidities and therapy-related factors on compliance (≥5 hours/day or
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Noninvasive ventilatory support Source Type: research
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